Graduate Research Assistant
Dominique Watson is the Graduate Research Assistant for DCEDC as of August 2017 via a partnership with Northern Illinois University’s Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Science. Dominique assists the Executive Director in collecting and analyzing data for information requests and composes reports and presentations. She is also in charge of updating and maintaining DCEDC’s property listings database and affiliated websites while assisting with events. She also coordinates DCEDC Business Retention and Expansion Committee meetings and site visits.
Dominique is currently a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Geographic and Atmospheric Science from Northern Illinois University. Her research focuses on natural hazards and environmental risk with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and land-use planning. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a minor in Geography and received her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate at Northern Illinois University in 2016.
Dominique has previously worked as an intern for the DeKalb-Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS) that is housed under City of DeKalb and has recently completed GIS-based projects for the park district under DeKalb’s Park District board president, Philip Young.
Recent professional development includes completion of the 2017 Illinois Basic Economic Development Course, a 32 credit hour nationally-recognized training program for professionals new to the economic development field.
Phone: 815-895-2711 ext. 204