The DeKalb County Community Foundation awarded $156,455 in grants to 22 local nonprofit and public sector organizations this spring to support a variety of programs and projects aimed at serving the needs of the community. Available in the spring and fall each year,Community Needs Grants are distributed to eligible organizations in DeKalb County. Applications align with five grantmaking interest areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Community Development, Environment & Animal Welfare, and Health & Human Services. “Shared leadership is that everyone is a leader, every single one of us,” she said. “Everyone in a business, the person that starts day one, the person that has worked there five years, the person that has been there 30. They are all leaders. That is the new philosophy.” Echoing Martin’s sentiments, Borek commended county-wide leaders for their roles in DeKalb’s economic life for the past three and a half decades. “While DCEDC is the cheerleader and facilitator involved in the initial recruitment and support of these projects, DCEDC members, including the county, municipalities, investors, developers, companies and utilities, you are all the real heroes behind these projects,” Borek said. “We commend all these DCEDC directors and members that build these projects and operate these business each and everyday.”
Spring Community Needs Grants recipients include:
4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care – $5,000 to support moving expenses
Barb City Manor Retirement Home – $10,000 to replace an elevator system
Cor Cantiamo – $3,000 to purchase music for public performances
Cortland Community Library – $4,000 to expand book shelving
DeKalb County Community Gardens – $3,000 to purchase farming equipment
DeKalb Fire Department – $5,000 to purchase bags and mounts for fire equipment tools
Faith United Methodist Church – $7,500 to update and expand its Genoa Preschool playground
Fox Valley Community Services – $7,255 to remodel bathrooms for ADA compliance
Genoa Township Park District – $1,500 to purchase supplies for an aqua fitness class
Kirkland Rec League – $14,700 to renovate baseball fields
Kishwaukee Education Consortium – $25,000 to provide welding equipment for a new educational facility
Kishwaukee Family YMCA – $5,200 to purchase portable basketball hoops
Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association – $1,500 to obtain technology for an adult day program
Little Lambs Preschool – $7,500 to renovate a playground
Northern Public Radio – $4,000 to connect with Spanish speaking individuals in the community and create informational opportunities for them
Open Door Rehabilitation Center – $12,000 to purchase a generator
Preservation of Egyptian Theatre – $5,000 to provide monitors for dressing rooms with live feed of stage
RAMP – $2,400 to provide supplies for a peer mentoring program
Sandwich Opera House (ARCH) – $12,500 to repair exterior brick
Sir Donald Foundation – $10,000 to provide supplies to connect individuals to services after incarceration
Somonauk Public Library District – $2,400 to provide early literacy and school readiness workstations
Waterman Lion’s Club Charities – $8,000 to renovate a park shelter
Community Needs Grants receive funding through Community Impact Funds, Field of Interest Funds, and Donor Advised Funds. Donations to any fund at the foundation can be made online at dekalbccf.org/donate, or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or more information on grants, email@example.com.
Date posted: May 18, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on DeKalb County Community Foundation awards $156,455 in grants
May 11, 2022 – Comcast Business today announced extensions of its advanced fiber-rich network infrastructure to two DeKalb County locations. Expected to come online this month, the first extension will run along East Gurler Road in the ChicagoWest Business Center, home to a major data center undergoing an expansion, a large distribution center and the site of anticipated business growth. Comcast Business first extended its network to ChicagoWest last year and is moving deeper into the area with this latest project. Expected to come online in early 2023, the second extension will serve Park 88, a 565-acre business park located in the I-39 Logistics Corridor in DeKalb.
When the projects are complete, businesses along the expansion routes will have access to Internet speeds up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). They’ll also have access to Comcast Business’ full suite of telecommunications services, which provide levels of connectivity, capacity and technology capable of supporting more and more employees working at home and in the field; reaching and serving more and more customers online; exchanging large amounts of data; and accessing sophisticated cloud-based applications.
“Our location along Interstates 88 and 39; proximity to the City of Chicago, O’Hare and several other airports; available land for manufacturing and warehousing; and the presence of Northern Illinois University makes DeKalb County attractive to business sectors ranging from warehousing to manufacturing, as well as professionals, academicians and students,” said DeKalb County Chairman John Frieders. “Comcast’s investments in DeKalb County’s technology infrastructure not only drive economic growth, they’re helping us prepare for the future.”
The upcoming projects follow fiber expansions last year reaching existing and future businesses within the Sycamore Prairie Business Park along Bethany and Peace Roads in Sycamore and the ChicagoWest Business Center bordered by East Gurler Road and South 4th Street in DeKalb. In addition to providing opportunities to serve more customers, network investments of this caliber are designed to drive economic development by helping these areas retain and attract businesses.
“Our message is resonating. Companies have invested $1 billion in DeKalb County in recent years, translating into 5.2 million square feet of new industrial space and 1,700 jobs,” said Paul Borek, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation. “No doubt about it: State-of-the-art connectivity and technology attract new businesses.”
“We see ourselves as more than a service provider. Comcast is an economic development partner,” said Sean McCarthy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. “Our fiber is helping DeKalb County and Illinois overall attract businesses representing growing sectors of our economy, ranging from data centers to warehouses.
Comcast delivers residential download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps in all the communities and neighborhoods in the company’s service footprint, regardless of zip code, and up to 3 Gbps in locations in the county – and up to 100 Gbps for businesses. The company also operates more than 20 million WiFi hotspots nationwide – more than 15,000 in DeKalb County alone – which allow connectivity on the go.
In addition, Comcast supports the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation and its Opportunity Unbound Initiative, which is designed to attract talented workers, young professionals and families to work and live in DeKalb County by creating awareness of the county’s amenities, attractions and communities.
Additional advanced Comcast Business services available in DeKalb County include:
ActiveCoreSM SDN, a software-defined networking (SDN) platform providing businesses intelligent, centralized control for their networks via software applications like Managed Router and SD-WAN;
Cybersecurity Services, reducing vulnerability to denial of service (DDoS) attacks and helping protect business infrastructure with managed security solutions; and
Comcast Business VoiceEdgeTM, a fully managed, scalable cloud-based voice system providing unified communications (UC) tools that can improve communication, enhance collaboration and help businesses increase productivity.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.
With nearly 6,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region (https://chicago.comcast.com) serves customers in central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. “Like” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Facebook by visiting @Comcast. “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastIllinois.
Date posted: May 11, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Comcast Business Announces Upcoming DeKalb County Fiber Expansions
RockCreek-managed fund, in partnership with minority banks and community-based lending institutions, will provide needed capital to help minority-owned businesses grow, create jobs, and expand in underserved and under-resourced communities served by Exelon.
Chicago, Ill. (May 4, 2022) – Exelon announced today that RockCreek, one of the world’s largest diverse-owned global investment firms, has opened applications for the $36 million Exelon-funded Racial Equity Capital Fund to support minority-owned businesses in Exelon’s service areas in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Exelon, which serves more than 10 million customers through its six electric and gas utilities, announced last fall that it had partnered with the Exelon Foundation to create the Racial Equity Capital Fund. The fund will help minority businesses obtain capital to fuel growth and spur job opportunities in communities that have historically been underserved, under-resourced, and overlooked by investors and traditional funding sources. The fund will provide loans and equity investments for numerous minority businesses throughout Exelon’s service areas over the next three years, with estimated loan amounts between $100,000 and $300,000, and equity investments of nearly $1 million. “With this fund, we are empowering small, minority-owned businesses to grow their capacity, increase revenue and hire more employees,” said Calvin Butler, chief operating officer and senior executive vice president of Exelon. “We have identified financial partners who understand the unique challenges these businesses face, but who also share our vision and are eager to reinvigorate the communities we both serve.” RockCreek has forged partnerships with minority-owned lending institutions and community-based banks to increase the investment capacity of the Racial Equity Capital Fund. The fund will invest in minority-owned businesses who have historically lacked access to capital to sustain operations, grow revenues, create jobs, and increase wellbeing throughout underserved and under-resourced communities.“Capital is the fuel that allows businesses to grow, create jobs, and strengthen communities, and for too long, minority-owned businesses – and entire communities – have been neglected by financial markets,” said Afsaneh Beschloss, Founder and CEO of RockCreek. “The Racial Equity Capital Fund will bring this critical fuel directly to minority-owned businesses and will continue serving their communities in the years ahead.” Initial partners in this effort include Providence Bank & Trust; United Bank of Philadelphia; and City First Bank, National Association of Washington, DC. RockCreek continues to seek out and engage with other potential partners throughout Exelon’s service areas. The partnerships are the next step in the launch of the $36 million initiative, which is funded by Exelon and managed by RockCreek. RockCreek will select businesses for financing and manage the fund to serve as a continuing resource to help grow businesses, create jobs, and strengthen the communities Exelon serves.
About Exelon Exelon (Nasdaq: EXC) is a Fortune 200 company and the nation’s largest utility company, serving more than 10 million customers through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities — Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Delmarva Power & Light (DPL), PECO Energy Company (PECO), and Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). More than 18,000 Exelon employees dedicate their time and expertise to supporting our communities through reliable, affordable and efficient energy delivery, workforce development, equity, economic development and volunteerism. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.
About RockCreek One of the largest woman and diverse-owned global investment firms, RockCreek applies data-driven technology to invest sustainably and inclusively. Founded in 2003 by CEO Afsaneh Beschloss, former Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank, RockCreek has more than $16 billion in assets. RockCreek has invested more than $7.4 billion in diverse firms, including over $990 million in Black owned firms, and $6.3 billion in sustainable investments including climate, health, education, job creation, and affordable housing since its inception. Follow RockCreek on Twitter @RockCreekGroup and on LinkedIn.
Date posted: May 6, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Exelon-funded $36 million racial equity capital fund, administered by Rockcreek, accepting applications from minority-owned businesses in service areas
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, announced Wednesday it will expand its DeKalb Data Center on the city’s south side by three buildings, bringing with it a community investment that now totals more than $1 billion.
Meta officials and city leaders scheduled a news conference Wednesday at the facility in the 1500 block of Gurler Road, which has been under construction since June 2020. Once work is completed, expected in 2023, the almost 2.4 million-square-foot facility will represent an investment with 200 operational jobs, officials said. Construction is expected to employ more than 1,200 workers over the length of the build.
Date posted: May 6, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Meta expands DeKalb Data Center; total local investment tops $1B
The landscape at the ChicagoWest Business Center has seen a myriad of changes over the past two years. Last fall, Curran Contracting started the dirt work for three additional buildings at the DeKalb Data Center for Mortenson. These new buildings will total more than 1,500,000 SF. Curran Contracting’s excavation division is performing the mass grading, structural excavation, and structural backfill. Our asphalt paving division is also providing the paving for the “city” of temporary logistics facilities needed to facilitate over 1,500 trades personnel on this project. Once the first phase of this project is completed, this 300 acre site will house over 3,000,000 SF of data center space, a facility operations building, an operations warehouse, and two electrical substations.
Facebook has announced it will build an $800 million data center in the Chicago-area city of DeKalb, Illinois. The social media giant has selected Mortenson as the general contractor, and Krusinski Construction Co. will participate in the design-build of the necessary new infrastructure.
Renewable energy will power the 907,000-square-foot data center, which will also use 80% less water than other similar facilities. Infrastructure work includes the repaving of local roads, construction of almost 3 miles of water lines and 1.5 miles of sewer system extensions. When complete the data center will be LEED Gold certified.
The project, located on a 500-acre campus, is expected to employ as many as 1,200 workers during peak construction activity. Mortenson has dedicated a page on its website to the project and said it will post updates there, as well as information for contractors and suppliers interested in bidding on the data center.
DeKalb Landfill Project
This Spring, Waste Management awarded Curran Contracting a second cell excavation project located at their DeKalb Landfill. This project includes excavation of the new cell 1B, cell liner placement, leachate stone placement, and perimeter berm construction as part of the new cell construction. The overall excavation quantity includes 650,000 CY of earthwork. The final phase of the work will include placement of the final cover material at the completed portion of the West Unit Final Cover.
Date posted: April 27, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Curran Contracting helping to facilitate grow, transformation, and excitement!
Kishwaukee College will host a discussion on local community efforts to improve “belonging” at noon on Monday, May 2, via Zoom. Angela Baron-Jeffrey, co-pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb, will discuss the formation of the DeKalb Area Belonging Council and the group’s efforts to improve belonging within the community. The council was founded in 2021 by a collection of people from community organizations, including Northern Illinois University, the City of DeKalb and Kishwaukee College. The event is part of Kish’s Brown Bag Discussion series, which occurs on the first Monday of each month, excluding holidays. Open to the public, the Brown Bag Discussion series aims to create a dialogue between students, faculty, staff and community members on topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Kishwaukee College is committed to a sustainable culture of equity, focused on respect and fairness, in all aspects of the College experience.
To learn more about the event or join the virtual discussion, visit kish.edu/diversity.
Date posted: April 27, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College to host discussion on belonging
Enbridge, Inc., a longtime partner of the Kishwaukee College Foundation, donated $5,000 towards scholarships for students pursuing careers in welding and engineering at Kishwaukee College. Enbridge has continually supported Kish’s programs with financial support and equipment donations. Enbridge employees stayed after the check presentation to share their expertise with Kish students during a welding demonstration. Pictured left to right are Emily Cutka, Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, Public Affairs for Enbridge; Dan Morang, Senior Welder with Enbridge; Greg Bennett, Field Operations Supervisor for Enbridge; Dave Bareham, Griffith Area Manager for Enbridge; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Chase Budziak, Dean of Instruction; Zachery Caccia, Kishwaukee College Assistant Professor of Welding; Dr. Kayte Hamel, Executive Director of Kishwaukee College Foundation; and students of the Kishwaukee College welding program.
Date posted: April 19, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Enbridge donates $5,000 for Kishwaukee College student scholarships
Photo Caption: Representatives from Compeer Financial presented Kishwaukee College with a $75,000 Agriculture & Rural Initiative Grant at the College’s greenhouse facilities. Pictured left to right are Dr. Kayte Hamel, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation; Catherine Marsh, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Horticulture; Mark Ringhouse, Compeer Financial Officer; Kim Rotella, Greenhouse Grounds Specialist; Amy Newell, Compeer Financial Officer; Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist, Compeer; Rich Alde, Assistant Professor, Horticulture; Dan Crary, Regional Vice President of Core Markets, Compeer; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Dr. Jessica Berek, Dean of Instruction; Chase Budziak, Dean of Instruction; Janet Gallagher, Associate Professor, Horticulture; Michael Dean, Kish horticulture student; and Andrew Goncher, Kish horticulture student.
Kishwaukee College welcomed representatives from Compeer Financial for a check presentation and tour of the College’s greenhouse facilities on Tuesday. Kish received $75,000 through Compeer Financial’s Agriculture & Rural Initiative Grant to support technology improvements in the greenhouse.
Last spring, the Kishwaukee College Foundation applied for the Agriculture & Rural Initiative Grant and was one of six community colleges in Illinois to receive funding. Kish used the grant to purchase new cutting-edge equipment that will provide students the opportunity to learn and train on current tools they will use in the field. As many Compeer clients have noted, one of their biggest struggles on the farm is finding skilled and qualified workers. “Technology is changing in the horticulture industry,” said Mark Ringhouse, Financial Officer for Compeer Financial in Sycamore. “To be on the front end of learning about this equipment will be great for these students as they seek employment. There is a huge need for qualified candidates.” To support students in the completion of their education, Compeer has also committed $2,500 in scholarship support. Scholarships will be available annually through the Kishwaukee College Foundation. “Your financial support helps our students immensely with scholarships and improvements to our greenhouse facilities to educate the next generation of our workforce,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “There is a longstanding agricultural heritage at Kish, and this grant supports one of our key programs.” Kish faculty and students led a demonstration of the new equipment and a tour of the recently renovated greenhouse facilities. The greenhouse recently went under extensive remodeling to improve hands-on learning. In addition to the $75,000 grant from Compeer for technology improvements, the College also received a $220,000 state grant from the Illinois Capital Development Board for the greenhouse renovations. The horticulture program offers specialized certificates in several fields, including floral horticulture, greenhouse and garden center, landscape design and plant ID, turf management, hemp and cannabis cultivation, and sustainable horticulture. Students can also build on one or several certificates to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. In addition to horticulture, Kish offers several ag-related programs like agribusiness, precision agriculture, and diesel power technology. To learn more about horticulture at Kish, visit kish.edu/horticulture. To learn more about Compeer Financial’s Agriculture & Rural Initiative, visit www.compeer.com.
Date posted: April 14, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Compeer Financial presents $75,000 donation, tours Kish greenhouse facilities
Working in collaboration, the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District (KWRD), Kishwaukee College, and the Village of Malta broke ground on a new sewer line extension that will improve the disposal of wastewater for all three entities. “This project is a model of what government should aspire to, with three separate units of local government partnering to improve the environment, eliminate duplicate government services and reduce rates. This was not an easy project to bring to fruition,” said Dr. Dennis Collins, President of the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District. “Innovation can be difficult, but extraordinary efforts by open-minded public servants from the Village, College, District, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have resulted in a win for our shared environment and ratepayers alike.” The project will extend a sewer line 5.3 miles from west of DeKalb to Malta and the Kishwaukee College campus. The extension will allow both Malta and the College to decommission their existing wastewater treatment centers, creating long-term savings by no longer needing to operate the individual facilities. For Malta, the new infrastructure also allows for potential growth, with public sewer now accessible to more than 2,500 additional acres in DeKalb County. “Malta is very excited to partner with Kishwaukee College and the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District. This partnership will allow Malta to not only be able to invite businesses to our Village but also allow more homes to be built and our existing subdivision to enter phases 2 and 3. By addressing our wastewater infrastructure issue with the partnership, we look forward to watching industry and our population grow,” said Bob Iversen, President of the Village of Malta. Kishwaukee College’s onsite sewer treatment plant was built with the original school in 1968. Due to its length of use, the plant has outlived its operational capabilities. Kish will replace its wastewater facility with a new pump station and force main on the College campus. The main will run to the Village of Malta, where a second pump station will be installed. “This project will resolve a major need for our infrastructure at Kishwaukee College,” said Bob Johnson, Chair, Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees. “The College has been researching future solutions for our wastewater for several years, and we appreciate the collaborative effort between our neighbors to make this development possible and create sustainability for our campus and growth for future generations.” The project also provides water quality improvements for the Kishwaukee River with a major reduction in contaminants. The consolidation of services will also reduce energy use for both the College and Village.
“This project is a great example of just how effective this funding source can be for the environment and residents of the State. The Illinois EPA is excited to again partner with the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District to build on the recent upgrades at its wastewater treatment plant,” said Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim. “The new financing opportunity will allow the District to provide more advanced and environmentally beneficial treatment for the Village of Malta and Kishwaukee College than was otherwise possible, resulting in protections to the Kishwaukee River and meaningful opportunities for continued growth and development for the Village and College.” Preliminary work has already started, and the project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2023. The projected cost is $7.12 million and is funded through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Program. The loan program provided $2.07 million in principal forgiveness, and an additional $250,000 in federal funding was secured through U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) office. “This project is an example of efficiently using taxpayer dollars to provide better service to residents and businesses,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said. “Improving the sanitary sewer infrastructure for the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District will benefit the College and Village of Malta. Discharging cleaner water into local waterways is important for the environment, and I applaud the teamwork on display today.” The remaining $4.8 million cost is shared between the three entities, with the Village of Malta covering 50%, Kishwaukee College covering 25% and KWRD covering 25%. For more information on the project, visit kishwrd.com.
PHOTO: Representatives from the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, Kishwaukee College, the Village of Malta and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency broke ground on a sewer line extension project Friday at Kishwaukee College. Pictured (left to right) are Mike Zika, Berger Excavating; Dawn Cosentino, Trustee, KWRD; Derek Wold, Executive Vice President, Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers; Mark Eddington, Executive Director, KWRD; Dr. Dennis J. Collins, President, KWDR; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President, Kishwaukee College; Bob Johnson, Chair, Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees; Robert Iversen, President, Village of Malta; Dr. Robert Hammon, Vice-Chair, Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees; John J. Kim, Director, IEPA; and Timothy Struthers, Vice President, KWRD.
Date posted: April 12, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District, Kishwaukee College, Village of Malta break ground on sewer extension project
SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation is accepting online applications for the Renaissance Scholarship, the Spinoso Masters Scholarship, and the Ed and Kim Kapper Physical Therapy Scholarships The deadline for all three scholarships is Wednesday, June 1. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and scholarship criteria before applying at dekalbccf.org/scholarships. The Renaissance Scholarship is available to students who have been part of the workforce and are now seeking an undergraduate degree. Recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years. The Ed and Kim Kapper Physical Therapy Scholarship provides support to a DeKalb County high school graduate who is attending an accredited physical therapy program at an accredited college or university. The Spinoso Masters Scholarship is available to students pursuing a master’s level or postgraduate education, with the recipients receiving up to $10,000. Eligible applicants must have graduated from a DeKalb County high school, but do not have to currently live in DeKalb County. For information or any questions about the scholarships, contact Becky Zantout, grants and scholarships manager, at 815-748-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date posted: April 12, 2022 | Author: David Long | Comments Off on DeKalb County Community Foundation scholarships available