DCEDC celebrates 30 years, county’s growing foreign stature
Dec. 1, 2017

Photo by: Matthew Agpar – mapgar@shawmedia.com – Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses attendees at the 30th annual DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. dinner Thursday, November 30th, at Faranda’s Banquet Center in DeKalb

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave the keynote speech at the State of the County banquet Thursday at Faranda’s Banquet Center in DeKalb.

He said the county was the bellwether for the state of Illinois.

“How you guys are doing is how the whole state goes,” he said. He lamented the fact that companies are passing up Illinois for Indiana and existing companies are leaving the state.

Rauner said that with a few small changes in Illinois, the state could be very competitive in attracting businesses from around the country and world.

“We gotta tweak a couple things, and if we tweak a couple things we’re going to bring them in on a massive scale,” he said. “We gotta reduce the regulatory burden, and we have to have tax relief. … It’s not rocket science, it’s not complicated.”

Rauner said many businesses told him while he was on recruiting tours of China, Japan and Israel that even if half of the reforms get done, they’ll move to Illinois.

“When Paul (Borek) and I were talking about DeKalb County in particular … it was a huge priority,” Rauner said. “It’s not going to take us 10 years or 20 years … within 18 months, we have a few changes, we’ll immediately get companies to come.”

DCEDC Executive Director Paul Borek gave a brief history of the businesses and business and industrial parks that have been built or expanded in the county in the 30 years since the creation of the organization. He spoke of companies such as 3M, which added 400 jobs in the past year and now has facilities totaling 2.5 million square feet in DeKalb; IDEAL Industries of Sycamore has expanded its presence at Northern Illinois University and now has 20 students working on new products and technologies; J6 Polymers of Genoa, which makes products for NASA, opened a larger facility in Genoa; and The Suter Co. in Sycamore is expanding its production facility and Ignatius Press completed a new design and warehouse facility in Sycamore, among other expansions across the county.

“This development created in 800 new jobs for the second year in a row,” Borek said. He said the developments have driven down the county’s unemployment to 5.2 percent, the lowest since 2007 before the Great Recession.

Borek noted that while failing to lure the Toyota-Mazda plant to DeKalb County was a big loss, it also was a learning experience, and the first time the county competed for such a large project. He said that the experience gained in that process means the county will be attractive to the next business looking in the area.

“There are always opportunities,” Borek said. “You have to be be able to respond quickly to present the site to a company.”

He said the county was especially well suited for manufacturing, distribution, and research and development ventures.

The county also doubled the number of international companies with a presence in it in 2017. Finnish company LEDiL, an LED light manufacturer, and Solotech, an audio visual company from Quebec, joined Nestle and Tate & Lyle as foreign companies with a presence here.

To increase the region’s competitiveness, Rauner said he wanted NIU and other Illinois colleges and universities to integrate more with businesses as they do on the West Coast and in Israel. To help universities recover from the two years of budget uncertainty and declining enrollments, he said he wanted to add $500 million into higher education funding.

“This is a labor of love. We love Illinois,” he said. “This is home.”

Date posted: December 19, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Gov. Rauner helps DCEDC celebrate 30 years, county’s growing international stature

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Visits to Bison Gear, DeKalb Forge precede keynote speaking engagement at 30th anniversary DeKalb County Economic Development Dinner

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Governor, Office of the

DeKALB (Nov. 30, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner toured a Kane County manufacturing plant and a forge in DeKalb County en route today to providing the keynote speech at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s 30th anniversary dinner.

“DeKalb is a microcosm of our state’s economy,” Rauner said. “It features strong manufacturing and distribution employers like The Suter Company and 3M that coexist in the same geography with some of the most bountiful harvest land in the world. Manufacturing and agriculture: These are the foundational businesses of Illinois.”

Paul Borek, executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp., or DCEDC, said the county has worked closely with Intersect Illinois and the Department of Commerce to attract, retain and foster expansion of businesses, including 3M, Target, Ideal Industries and others.

“Over 800 new jobs have been generated in each of the past two years,” Borek said, adding that work is ongoing to promote DeKalb’s Chicago West Business Center site for additional anticipated development.

Before arriving at the dinner at Faranda’s Banquet Center in DeKalb, Rauner stopped in St. Charles to visit Bison Gear & Engineering. He also toured DeKalb Forge.

Bison Gear was founded in 1960 and is now a global supplier of power transmission equipment that employs roughly 200. In business since 1946, DeKalb Forge Co. is a maker of everything from carbon steel to nickel-based alloy forgings supplying multiple North American industries including aerospace, shipbuilding and automotive. It employs about 90 people in DeKalb and another 40 at its other Illinois locations in Cortland, Rochelle, Rock Falls and Rockford.

Rauner said both are terrific examples of the expansion and success possible when hard work is combined with a supportive business climate.

As noted in his speech, the governor is working to implement common-sense reforms to improve the climate for business expansion in the state. By bringing workers’ compensation costs in line with national averages, for example, the state could stimulate enough business growth to produce an estimated 30,000 new jobs by 2030, as well as increase overall personal income and gross domestic product by billions of dollars.

“The DCEDC welcomes Gov. Rauner’s focus on business and economic development,” said DCEDC Board President Chuck Kaiser. “It is important to the success of our county and our state.”.

Date posted: December 19, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Illinois News – Governor touts economic development initiatives in Kane, DeKalb counties

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From October 16-20, 2017, DCEDC’s graduate research assistant, Dominique Watson, attended the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course that was located at the Nicor Gas Headquarters in Naperville, IL. The course was a comprehensive 32-hour accredited economic development curriculum directed by Ivan Baker, President of the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois. This course is for individuals with 10 years or less experience in the economic development field. 25+ experienced faculty members pinpointed several topics in economic development that highlighted the focus of this course—the investor, the product, and the organization—such as community development, workforce development, retail development, real estate development, small business development, business retention, and more! Faculty members engaged the students by taking part in several case studies and discussions surrounding the focus of the course. A bus tour through the city of Naperville was added to the program for the first time, which allowed students to witness Naperville’s successful economic development as well as the areas that could be revitalized, firsthand.

A big thank you to John McCann and Ed Sitar from ComEd for granting scholarships that allowed Dominique and others to learn from this enriching experience and enhance their professional development. Another thank you goes out to ComEd for providing delicious meals for all who have attended the program.

For more information regarding the course, please visit www.bedcillinois.com

Photo Credit: Ivan Baker – Illinois Basic Economic Development Class of 2017

Date posted: October 25, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC’s Graduate Research Assistant Attends the 49th Annual Illinois Basic Economic Development Course

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Illinois SBDC Network presents Export Training Week from November 14-16, 2017! Training will be by Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, Inc. with locations in Rockford, Champaign, and Chicago!

Please see the flyer for more information: Illinois SBDC Network Export Training Week Flyer

Date posted: October 24, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Illinois SBDC Network Presents Export Training Week (November 14-16, 2017)

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The IL SBDC International Trade Center at Western Illinois University Quad Cities would like to cordially invite you to their Export Compliance 201 seminar on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. This training will be held at:

NIU EIGERlab Rockford
8500 E. STATE STREET – Room #200

The workshop is designed to help companies be in full compliance with a host of U.S. export/import regulations and will be presented by Allocca Enterprises, a provider of on-site and web-based international trade compliance education and training. Registration is required and on a first come first served basis with a limit of 32 participants. Cost is $50 if registered prior to October 27th, and $75 from October 27th until November 7th. Registration fee includes all workshop materials, refreshments and lunch. Participants should register online here.

For more information on the event or the services provided by the SBDC ITC, contact Michelle Lewis at (309) 762-3999, ext. 62228 or ma-lewis@wiu.edu, or visit wiusbdc.org.

Date posted: October 24, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Export Compliance 201 Seminar at The IL SBDC International Trade Center (WIU-QC)

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Enterprise Excellence in Northern Illinois

Don’t expect to sit back and listen when you attend the Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference. This interactive event is powered by the contributions of participants, who strive to create their competitive futures. Come prepared to share your own best practices for business success.

Round Table Sessions

Hear directly from Northern Illinois manufacturing leaders on their business growth and improvement strategies
Participant-driven discussions on business solutions for customer engagement, leadership, operations, strategy and workforce
Business leaders sharing with and learning from each other
Sharing of region-specific resources to create your competitive future

Enterprise Excellence & Continuous Improvement

Identify how to receive constructive feedback on your continuous improvement activities, based on the proven Baldrige Excellence Framework tool for identifying your company’s strengths and opportunities for improvement
Discover benchmarking and professional development opportunities build the capacity of your staff across all business processes

The Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference is your time to learn directly from other Illinois business leaders – and identify a few immediate steps you can take at your company to pursue enterprise excellence.


8:00am – 8:20am
How Enterprise Excellence is Driving Growth in Illinois
David Boulay, President, IMEC

8:30am – 10:30am
Best Practices Round Table Discussion Sessions #1 and #2
Select from 2 of 3 Best Practice presentations
> Option A – Customer Engagement
> Option B – Leadership/Strategy & Operations
> Option C – Workforce

10:40am – 11:20am
Enterprise Excellence and Continuous Improvement
Pattie Skriba, Vice President for Business Excellence, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient



Sponsor: IMEC
Presenter: Regional business leaders, IMEC
City: Rockford
Location: NIU Rockford, 8500 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108
Date: 11/07/2017
Time: 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Status: Scheduled
Cost: $69
Audience: Manufacturers, Business Leaders
Contact Name: Emily Lee
Contact Phone: 309-677-4633
Contact Email: elee@imec.org

Date posted: October 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Enterprise Excellence Best Practices Conference: An Interactive Event for Northern Illinois Business Leaders

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There have been some changes to the Basic Computer Course. The class will now be offered in Spanish and in English on a rotating schedule at Kishwaukee College! For more information on the dates, times, and how to register, click on the flyers below.

IL WorkNet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class Flyer in English

IL Worknet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class Flyer in Spanish

Date posted: October 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Updated Information on IL WorkNet and Goodwill Basic Computer Class

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Community Relations and Economic Development managers recently sent each municipal leader an update on our infrastructure improvement program, Investing in Illinois: A Nicor Gas System Improvement Initiative. In case you missed it, a recap can be found on the Nicor Gas website.

Click here to learn more!

Date posted: September 28, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on In Case You Missed It: Investing in Illinois Recap

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Since 1968, the Illinois Basic Economic Development Course has been a leader in economic development training for professionals from around the country. The course follows the curriculum guidelines for accreditation by the International Economic Development Council and the principles of educator, national economic development leader, and mentor, Dr. Robert Koepke, CEcD, who managed the program for over 25 years. The course is also approved for APA AICP CM points.

Nicor Gas will once again host the Illinois Economic Development Course at their Naperville office the week of October 16 – 20, 2017. Municipal and economic leaders are encouraged to take advantage this incredible opportunity. The course will provide you with tools to grow and sustain economic vitality in your community. Nicor Gas has available scholarship opportunities.

To find our more, and to apply for scholarships that may be available, contact your local Nicor Gas Community Relations and Economic Development manager.

Community Relations Team

Date posted: September 28, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Scholarships Available for Nationally-Accredited Basic Economic Development Course

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The DCCVB is pleased to share this full page article on DeKalb County, featuring Jonamac & Honey Hill Orchards, which is a result of the marketing and public relations efforts of the DeKalb County CVB.

DCCVB has a small number of copies of the magazine that they are happy to share. Please stop by their office and pick up a copy between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. Click HERE to view the scanned PDF.

The Northwest Quarterly Chicagoland Edition covers the best life in McHenry, Kane, Lake, Northwest Cook, and DuPage counties. This print edition reaches an estimated 86,000 readers.

111 South Second St.,
Ste. 202,
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Website: dekalbcountycvb.com

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