Update-DeKalb City Council approves a $5M grant to construct a new Public Transit facility.  To read the full article written by Katie Finlon of the Daily Chronicle click on the link Council Approves $5M Grant for Public Transit Facility

The City of DeKalb was recently awarded a State grant.  The award of $5M intended to be used for the construction funding of a new transit facility.  City Council will consider entering an agreement with IDOT under the Rebuild Illinois capital funds.

The story can be found by clicking on the link. City of DeKalb Grant Recipient to fund construction

Date posted: February 8, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Council approves Rebuild Illinois Grant

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The IDFPR and the US Small Business Association will host free on-line webinars regarding PPP Loan Forgiveness.

The webinar information can be found on the DCEDC Community Calendar at  Tuesday and Wednesday Lender webinar and 1:00 PM Wednesday for Small Business


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The DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund advisory committee is pleased to announce that a total of $46,000 was recently awarded to seven organizations during the final stretch of round 3 DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grants. This third round of grantmaking opened in late October 2020 and closed in late January 2021. Total grantmaking for round 3 was $112,245 to 25 organizations.

Over the last month, the following grants were awarded:

  • Children’s Home + Aid – $5,000 for Healthy Families Illinois and Doula programs
  • Children’s Learning Center Inc. – $4,500 for outdoor protection while waiting to be screened
  • CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate – $5,000 to assist with effective advocacy for CASA children during COVID-19
  • Equine Dreams – $2,500 to provide therapy horse care for FREE Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Neighbors’ House – $4,000 to the Neighbors’ House COVID Response Fund
  • Opportunity House, Inc. – $20,000 for workforce development
  • Walcamp Outdoor Ministries – $5,000 for the continuation of the remote e3-eLearning program

For questions related to COVID-19 Response Grants, please contact Tiffany McQueen Lewis, Community Foundation Grants Director, at tiffany@dekalbccf.org or 815-748-5383.

Date posted: February 8, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County Community Foundation Awards $46,000.00 to DeKalb County Non-Profits

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Attracting social media giant Facebook, who will invest over $800 Million dollars to build their DeKalb Data Center is a historical accomplishment for DeKalb, IL.  At peak, they will have 1200 construction workers to complete the project.  Upon completion, Facebook will employ 100 permanent people.

The DeKalb Data Center is one of 17 sites in the world, and one of 13 in the United States operated by Facebook.

Facebook’s mission- to bring to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer is impressive, demonstrating their commitment to Community.

The DeKalb data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy via the Lincoln Land Wind Project in Morgan County that will supply all of its energy needs. It will use 80% less water than the average data center and, once completed, will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certified, a high rating that indicates carbon dioxide emissions reduction, water efficiency, energy
savings, healthy indoor environmental quality, responsible use of natural resources, and thoughtfulness about environmental impact.

We are proud to have this strong community partner contribute to the health of DeKalb County, and for being a responsible environmentally friendly company.

To read the full article, written by Clare Kron, published in the Daily Chronicle, click on the link.

DeKalb Facebook Data Center News


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Some DeKalb County residents who registered to receive a vaccine were fortunate to receive their first dose at Kish Hospital on Thursday.  DeKalb County Health Department officials have worked closely with Northwestern Medicine to coordinate the administration of the vaccine.

To get a “Closer Look”, please see the attached article written by Katie Finlon, published in the Daily Chronicle by clicking the link.

Northwestern COVID Vaccines


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February 8, 2021


For Immediate Release:

Kish offers multiple programs, events for Black History Month


Kishwaukee College will offer several programs and events in February to celebrate Black History Month.


The month-long celebration will focus on the theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” These programs reflect the College’s core values of inclusion and accessibility for all members of the Kish community. Kish students, staff, faculty, and members of the public are encouraged to attend this year’s offerings.


Kish’s annual Brown Bag series will be broken into four interactive discussions from 1-2 pm on Tuesdays during February and the first week of March. All discussions are open to the public.


Feb. 9 — My Play Brothers and Sisters: Blood and Kinship in the Black Family — This discussion will explore diverse notions of the Black family. Contemporary definitions of the family include people who may not be related by blood. Are fictive kin real family or not?


Feb. 16 — The Real MVP: Single Parents and the Raising of Black Children — Successful people come from a variety of family structures. Today, the historical increase in the percentage of families headed by a single parent is often argued to influence social problems like crime and delinquency. This discussion explores parenting and the raising of Black children.


Feb. 23 — Black and Bougie: Wealth, Class and the Black Family — The urban, suburban and rural American communities have a combination of the privileged middle class and underprivileged families. This interactive discussion will focus on class and its impact on Black family life.


March 2 — Teaching and Learning While Black: The Role of the Family in Black Education Attainment — This discussion explores the ways a student’s family serves as a support system for student success. Topics that will be explored include: Is college completion an individual achievement or group effort? How do families support those who go away to school?


Kishwaukee will offer several other events for student registration only, including a virtual Paint and Create, a virtual escape room, and a virtual Poetry Slam. For more information on all of Kish’s Black History Month events, visit www.kish.edu.


Black History Month is a time to reflect on the great contributions of Black people across the world. Kishwaukee College is excited to continue offering great programming to allow students to learn, reflect and honor those stories.

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On Thursday, February 4th, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual meeting in a virtual fashion.  DCEDC would like to congratulate two of our contributing members for receiving awards. Brian and Amy Oster of OC Creative, and DeKalb County Youth Services Bureau (DCYSB).

OC Creative was crowned the prestigious DeKalb Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business of the Year, while DCYSB received the acclaimed Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award for 2020.

Congratulations to our members for making DeKalb a better place to live, work and grow.

To read the full article authored by Katrina Miton, published in the Daily Chronicle, please click on the link DeKalb Chamber Awards OC Creative and DCYSB

Date posted: February 5, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients

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