Continued investment and significant job creation has reduced unemployment in DeKalb County to historic lows, stated by Paul J. Borek, Executive Director of DeKalb County Economic Development.

Full article can be seen by clicking on the linkIndustrial Development by Paul Borek ED

Date posted: October 16, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County unemployment at historic lows

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On Thursday October 18th, plan to attend the Multi-Chamber After Hours’ event, generously hosted by the DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL),as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary!  If you have not visited the historic 1880 train depot in the past, now is a great time to visit this gorgeous re-purposed landmark that is now home to DCCF.
 
DCEDC is proud to support this event. We wish to thank the partners who have joined in to support this event. Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Hinckley Business Association Visit30.com – Waterman-Shabbona Business Association DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Sycamore Chamber of Commerce Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce Greater Kirkland Area Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County Community Foundation, a philanthropic leader in DeKalb County, Illinois.
 
The Open-House begins at 5:00 PM and will conclude at 7:00 PM, with brief remarks taking place at 6:00 PM.  Beverages, Appetizers and Networking will be part of the evening. There will also be a special “Celebration Grant” drawing.  The $2,500.00 grant is eligible to a nonprofit/community organization in DeKalb County.
 
Congratulations to our nonprofit partner, The DeKalb County Community Foundation on your Milestone of 25 years!

Please see the attached flyer and plan to attend, if you are able.  MultiChamber AfterHours_10_2018 

 

Date posted: October 15, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Plan to attend the Multi-Chamber After Hours-Celebrating 25 Years

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On Tuesday, October 9th, a news conference was held at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, DeKalb, IL.  At the news conference, an announcement that NIU has joined the Illinois Innovation Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois system.

A state of the art facility on the far west end of campus will be erected.  Governor Rauner was on hand to speak, stating “NIU is one of the great research universities across America.”.  NIU President, Dr. Lisa Freeman said the building, dubbed the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, will feature cutting-edge laboratories, classrooms and collaborative spaces.

Technology and Innovation are tremendous factors in economic growth.  Northern Illinois University is an incredible partner for DeKalb County and the state of Illinois.

The Daily Chronicle’s reporter, Kelsey Rettke covered the news conference.  To read the full article, please click on the following link. NIU Announcement

 

 

 

 

Date posted: October 12, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Northern Illinois University announces partnership, plans for $23 million research facility on DeKalb, IL campus

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DCEDC hosted  250 guests, representing 50 business organizations, on Thursday October 4th at Faranda’s Banquet Center.  Executive Director, Paul Borek provided an upbeat and robust State of the County update. 3M Corporation’s Director of Supply Chain Operations, Jason Dickinson was on hand and delivered a powerful keynote address for nearly one hour.

Click on the attached link to read the Daily Chronicle’s coverage of the event. 3M Jason Dickinson DCEDC Annual Dinner 2018

Date posted: October 11, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Annual Dinner-State of the County Event

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DCEDC is excited and proud to share that longtime economic development champion and partner in economic development, ComEd has been recognized by a leading industry publication-Site Selection magazine, naming the company to its annual list of top 10 Utilities in Economic Development for 2018!

ComEd has successfully collaborated with state and regional partners for delivering a total project capital investment of more than $975 million and over 900 new jobs across Northern Illinois.

DCEDC sincerely appreciates our partner in economic development for providing safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity.  Their “Rapid Response” economic development program is hands-on.  We look forward to continuing our work with the ComEd economic development team, who continue to proactively engage in sustainable economic development for Illinois.

To read the press release, please click on the link-Site Selection Magazine September 2018.final

Date posted: September 25, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on ComEd recognized as a Leading Utility for Economic Development

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IMTS Reaches the Imagination of Youth and Industry-By, Gene Fogle, Program Coordinator D.O.W.D.C.,

a division of DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation.

 

Whether you want to see cars picked up and repositioned for inspection, study rocketry, communicate with robots or see the latest in 5-axis numeric controlled machinery, the place to be is the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. In fact, students from DeKalb and Rochelle High Schools made the trip on Tuesday, September 11, to see all of this and more. Coordinated by the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium the first trip of the year went well for two busloads of students and their chaperones.

Every other year, the IMTS comes to Chicago and fills McCormick Place. The world’s major equipment manufacturers represented, showing their equipment, and exchanging ideas. The secret is to match the “Doer’s with the Dreamer’s.”  Who dreamed that you could do 3-D printing with metal? Who dreamed that you could build equipment that works on five-axis? What is the “Industrial Internet of Things?”

To engage the youth who might be interested in manufacturing, an entire floor is dedicated to the “Student Smartforce Summit.”  Welcomed by Greg Jones, Vice President of Smartforce Development for the Association of Manufacturing Technology the students get birds-eye view of what they can see in the Smartforce level and what they can see on the main show floor. The Rippl3D Air Rocket Challenge allows students to design build and compete with air rockets. Create-A-Skate Learning Lab allows you to design and create a skateboard – digitally. All kinds of things to trigger your imagination and to act as a compass for your career-path.

A recent study from Deloitte reveals that by the year 2025 there will a need for 3 million people in manufacturing. Machine operators, programmers, equipment maintenance and an extensive list of other positions are available. The problem is that 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled, because there is not enough talent available to fill the void.

The show runs until September 15th, so if you want to feed your imagination head to McCormick Place or find a student who attended this fabulous show. Meanwhile make friends with a robot, it may be in your future.

 

 

 

Date posted: September 13, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Perspective from DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium

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Save the Date-Thursday, October 18th from 7:00 AM-2:00 PM (CST), Nicor Gas, along with People’s Gas and North Shore Gas will present the 2018 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Expo.

Why should you attend?
Hear about the latest trends in energy efficiency
Consult with energy and innovation experts
Learn about offerings to help you save energy and money in your facilities
Registration is FREE

Details will follow. Questions, please contact 877-886-4239 or email  Email for questions

 

 

 

Date posted: August 28, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Save the Date! Energy Efficiency Expo for the Public Sector, a Nicor Gas Program

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DCEDC View-Paul Borek, Executive Director

If you are a small-business owners, entrepreneur or contemplating starting a business, we encourage you to attend the Small Business Resource Fair on Thursday, August 30th from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at the DeKalb County Community Outreach Building.

On Thursday, October 4th DCEDC will host their annual State of the County Annual Dinner Event.  Jason Dickinson-Director, Supply Chain Operations for 3M Corporation will headline the evening.  This is the largest member sponsored event hosted by dcedc.  For a limited time, a large assortment of sponsor packages are available.  Visit the Events page on our website.

To view the Daily Chronicle article, click on the link-DCEDC News!

 

Date posted: August 14, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on Resource Fair set for small businesses, entrepreneurs & 3M Executive to headline DCEDC’s Annual Dinner

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DeKalb County Thriving! CEDS Plan implementation process has begun. We are providing the comprehensive information in the links below.

Please contact Paul Borek, Executive Director for questions!  Paul can be reached at 815-508-2427 or 815-895-2711, or by email at: borek@dcedc.org

To view the full report-please click on the attached link-DeKalb County CEDS Final Full Report_for transmittal 6.28.18

To view the Executive Summary-please click on the attached link-DeKalb County CEDS Final Exec Sum_for transmittal 6.28.18

To view the 6 Industry Clusters-please click on the links below-

Industury Cluster Profile Computer and Electronics Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Final_for transmittal 6-28-18

Industry Cluster Profile Research, Development & IT Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Machinery Manufacturing Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Fab Metal Pro Man Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Industry Cluster Profile Creative Economy Final_for transmittal 6.28.18

Date posted: August 10, 2018 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County Thriving! To Grow DeKalb County, IL Economy

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