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DCEDC is a public/private partnership, established in 1987.  The mission of the organization is to facilitate diversified and sustainable economic growth within DeKalb County, IL.  The organization serves 14 communities along I-88 and in the center of the I-39 Logistics Corridor.  DeKalb County is a certified Enterprise Zone.

DCEDC is proud to be a member/partner with the following organizations:

Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers

DeKalb County Farm Bureau

DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership

I-39 Logistics Corridor Association

Illinois Economic Development Association

Illinois Enterprise Zone Association

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center 

International Economic Development Council

Workforce Development Board for  Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties

DCEDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan (CEDS)

Meet the DCEDC Staff

Mark Williams, Executive Director

Karen Hoyle, Administrator

Jan Kinczewski,  Special Projects 

Katelyn Lancaster DeKalb County Marketing Manager Opportunity Unbound 

Andrea Van Drew Enterprise Zone & Research Assistant

DCEDC Bookkeeping

Meet the DCEDC Board of Directors

DCEDC Board of Directors
DCEDC Executive Committee

DeKalb County Enterprise Zone Advisory Board

Membership Benefits

Investments like this create demand for goods and services that generate jobs and revenue to grow the local economy and improve the quality of life for all.
DCEDC business education and networking events throughout the year include:

  • Economic Outlook Luncheon
  • Annual Meeting & State of the County Presentation
  • Business Roundtable Luncheons
  • Industrial Focus Luncheon and Plant Tour
  • Monthly listing in the Daily Chornicle 
  • DCEDC Members may promote their business goods and services by sponsoring these events.
  • Inclusion in select Northern Illinois University programs and events (NIU Internship/Career Fairs, Project IGNITE, Project 40Tude)
  • Members may post employment opportunities on our Employment/Workforce Resource page
  • Complimentary Listing your site/building on the DCEDC Featured Property Site, LOIS, and INTERSECT Illinois

The DCEDC website has introduced many enhancements:

  • Consolidated NEWS and Media Center
  • Enhanced Membership Profile and Directory system
  • Interactive Property Map features
  • DCEDC and Partners Organizations’ Calendar of Events
  • Persuasive Why DeKalb?  promotional component
  • Expanded Community Profiles
  • Improved Data Library/Economic Profile
  • Sites and Buildings listed in LOIS and INTERSECT Illinois at no charge

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Hybrid: In-Office and/or Remote) Appointments are recommended.  

2023 Observed Holidays/Office Closed:

• Monday, January 2nd-New Year’s Day (date observed)

• Monday, January 16th-Martin Luther King Day

• Monday, February 20th-President’s Day

• Friday, April 7th-Good Friday

• Monday, May 29th-Memorial Day

• Monday, June 19th-Juneteenth National Independence

• Tuesday, July 4th-Independence Day

• Monday, September 4th-Labor Day

• Monday, October 9th-Columbus Day

• Friday, November 10th-Veterans Day (date observed)

• Thursday, November 23rd-Thanksgiving Day

• Friday, November 24th-Day after Thanksgiving

• Monday, December 25th Christmas Day

Our Location:

2179 Sycamore Road, Unit #102

DeKalb, IL 60115