DCEDC is proud to share this news from one of our long-time members, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. DCEDC congratulates OSF HealthCare on their recent renovations at the Saint Anthony Medical Center. Please read below a message from our members and see the attached photos that feature the new renovations!

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center has been committed to the Rockford region for more than 117 years. As the needs of the community grow and change, so, too, have the services OSF provides to the region.
That includes the addition of our new North Tower, a 144,000 square-foot, four-story building attached to the existing hospital. It will house 78 private rooms for medical and surgical beds. In the existing hospital, semi-private rooms will be eventually converted to private rooms, allowing for a total of 190 private rooms.
In addition, the North Tower will feature ambulatory services on the first floor, including PromptCare, women’s health center/rejuvenation services, retail pharmacy, expanded occupational health and weight management services, a demonstration kitchen as well as a coffee shop. Each medical floor will have a case manager office, family lounge, and three nursing stations. The cost of the project is $85 million and has brought 700 construction jobs to the area.
“Times have changed where patients now need private rooms for many reasons,” said Paula Carynski, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center. “Enhancing the experience for our patients, families, Mission Partners and medical staff is always at the forefront of our planning. Private rooms and a more modern setting will truly help with that endeavor. We are also pleased to be able to make such a tremendous investment in our community through this expansion.”

Date posted: December 20, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on OSF HealthCare Completes Renovations

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January 30, 2018 @8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Fundamentals of Continous Improvement Series

Northern Illinois University, 5555 Trillium Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL

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February 27, 2018 @8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Lean Manufacturing 101 with Simulation

NIU Rockford 8500 E. State St, Rockford, IL

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Date posted: December 20, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Upcoming Continuous Improvement Workshops 

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QuickBooks 101 for Nonprofit Professionals (November 8, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Join us for QuickBooks 101 at Kishwaukee College to develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of this accounting application.Register Here>

Microsoft Excel 101 for Nonprofit Professionals (November 16, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)
Excel allows users to organize, format, and calculate data with formulas using a spreadsheet system. This workshop, hosted at Kishwaukee College, will teach you the basics of how to utilize this powerful tool.
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Date posted: October 30, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Save the Date for DCNP & Kishwaukee College Upcoming Events

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The DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium host their 5th Annual Heavy Metal Tour.   Information about this quality activity, provided in part, by DCEDC for their workforce development program, is listed below.

Friday, September 29th,  Workforce Development Coordinator Gene Fogle, will host the DeKalb-Ogle County Workforce Development Consortium’s 5th  Annual Heavy Metal Tour.  Participants will include area youth from DeKalb High School, Sycamore High School, Genoa-Kingston High School and Rochelle Township High School that are interested in the learning about rewarding careers (Industrial Trades) in manufacturing, distribution/logistics, automotive, etc. The participating students from each respective high school are actively involved in the program, led by Fogle.  The students will take tours and learn first-hand about respective trade industries, in the 21st Century.

DCEDC proudly supports workforce development.  The DOWDC, founded 5 years ago, provides opportunities and connections to area high school youth.  Kishwaukee College plays an essential role in educating the youth post high school for their chosen career readiness.  The DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium is funded in part, through private donations.  To continue the work of this essential program, we welcome donations to DCEDC in care of the DOWDC.  Donations are tax deductible as DCEDC is non-profit 501c 3 organization.  Please visit our Members Area page, or contact Karen Hoyle at 815-895-2711, or by email at hoyle@dcedc.org

We wish to thank the following local businesses for providing this hands-on opportunity for our students.  Thank you Target Distribution Center, Auto Meter, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., J6 Polymers, Prescot Ford, Sycamore Precision, H.A. Phillips, and Swenson Products.  We would also like to thank Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College, for having the youth return to the college discussion and a Pizza Luncheon.



Date posted: September 27, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Annual Heavy Metal Tour

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Team Illinois is hard at work promoting our State to several business leaders from both Japan and China. DCEDC’s Executive Director Paul Borek is working diligently at promoting the abundant competitive advantages of DeKalb County Illinois.  Borek is proud and honored, to be a part of this international mission for the State of Illinois.

Date posted: September 15, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Team Illinois Promotes Foreign Investment

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Target DeKalb was named a winner of a 2016 Edie Award by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Economic Development Association The “Edies” honor outstanding economic development projects that bring jobs, growth, and prosperity to Illinois communities.

On behalf of Target, DeKalb’s Distribution Center Manager, Mike Milano and DCEDC”s Executive Director, Paul Borek, will be attending the awards presentation at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on the 28th of this month,  to proudly accept the “Economic Development in Illinois Award”. Target was nominated/sponsored by the DeKalb Economic Development Corporation for this award. We are so proud!  Target’s DeKalb Distribution Center is the largest building and industrial facility in the County. They are the second largest private employer and fourth largest employer overall in DeKalb County, Illinois.  Target is proud to be a part of this community and to be recognized as a top employer!

2016 Edie Award Recipients

Date posted: August 23, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on Winners Revealed for Outstanding Economic Development Projects

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DCEDC Executive Director, Paul Borek, promoted DeKalb County foreign investment opportunities at the SelectUSA Summit held in Washington, D.C. from June 19 – 21, 2017.

See attached Press Release on this year’s summit:
PRESS RELEASE: DeKalb County Promoted to Global Audience at SelectUSA Trade Show

Date posted: July 12, 2017 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Press Release: Select USA Summit 2017

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DCEDC would like to extend an extra special thank you to one of our event sponsors Larson & Darby Group. They will be featured on our social media and website this week. Check them out!

From its’ beginning in 1963, Rockford-based Larson & Darby Group has made a deliberate and strategic decision to be a full-service, mid-sized architectural, engineering, and interior design firm that serves a diverse range of market sectors with a strong emphasis on design and building long-term client relationships.
Our firm’s “work hard/play hard” culture, low employee turnover, and national reputation for design excellence has allowed us to continuously attract and retain the best and brightest designers, architects, and engineers whose work can easily be seen throughout northern Illinois – including DeKalb and Sycamore – around the country, and across the globe. Notable projects in the DeKalb/Sycamore area include Castle Bank, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, DeKalb Mall, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, Northern Illinois University, and Ideal Industries – a client of Larson & Darby’s since 1985.
We are proud to be a member of the DeKalb Economic Development Council and to support making the DeKalb/Sycamore area a better place in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. For more information on Larson & Darby Group, please visit www.larsondarby.com or contact John Saunders, Vice President, at 815.484.0739.


Date posted: June 13, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Larson & Darby Group- Annual Event Sponsor

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IDEAL Industries Inc. is looking for bright, talented minds from engineering, business and more from NIU to help bring its products and ideas to market. IDEAL will be partnering with NIU students in its new IDEAL-NIU Intrapreneurship Program. Read more http://myniu.com/blog/big-ideal-offer/#.VvnSJvkszVU.mailto

For more information on the IDEAL-NIU Intrapreneurship Program, email ideal@niu.edu

Date posted: March 30, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on IDEAL Industries Inc. to Partner with NIU Students

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