Dear DCEDC members.  Please join us on Thursday, December 21st, 2023 at 3:00 PM for the DCEDC annual meeting.

We have chosen to hold this meeting virtually to keep everyone healthy for the upcoming holiday season that is now upon us.

Please see the information below, and register by emailing your RSVP to Karen Hoyle by 12/20/2023.  A Zoom link will be sent to those who have responded and have a 2023 membership contribution recorded before the meeting on 12/21/2023.


Date posted: December 13, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Annual Membership Meeting

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  1. john a powell is returning to the DeKalb area for an in-person conversation on Monday, November 27, 2023, hosted by the DeKalb Area Belonging Council.

Members of the community are invited to gather on Monday, November 27 at the DeKalb High School for an important evening to build on and forge new efforts that prioritize belonging for a healthy community.

A free community dinner sponsored by the City of DeKalb will be served in the cafeteria from 5-6:15PM. The event is in-person, free, and open to the public.

Attendees can expect to leave with a clear understanding of what belonging is, why it matters in our community, and what we need to do moving forward to build a healthy community rooted in belonging.

There is no cost to attend the evenings events at the DeKalb High School, but those who wish to attend the community meal need to register at

The conversation is hosted by DeKalb Area Belonging Council (DABC) with the supportive funds provided by the DeKalb County Mental Health Board and the DeKalb County Community Foundation.  More information can be found at


Jennifer Groce & the DeKalb Area Belonging Council


* powell spells his name in lowercase in the belief that we should be “part of the universe, not over it, as capitals signify.”


Date posted: November 15, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Free Event-Belonging, a Call to Building a Healthy Community

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When:  Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

Time:  5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Where:  South Moon BBQ-100 Lincoln Avenue, Hinckley, IL

What is Elevate?  Opportunity Unbound Elevate is a countywide organization designed by and for young professionals ages 21-40 that live or work in DeKalb County.

OU Elevate strives to provide a safe space for people to collaborate and connect in a low pressure social environment.

Together we CAN ELEVATE DeKalb County, IL.




Date posted: November 6, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Join the ELEVATE group for an Off the Clock social networking event

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Consider joining this “free” virtual event on November 16th.  Registration is required on, or before November 15th.

Hear from the panelists:  Amanda Minor, Daisy Grammar, Shea Haury, Miguel Sarmientor, and Tracey Smith about the opportunity for college students to learn about the various career paths they can take.  Geared towards students interested in accounting, behavioral health, business administration, and population health.


Date posted: November 3, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Rural Health Alternative Careers-A Zoom Panel Discussion

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Kishwaukee College will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 am Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Student Center. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided for all guests during and after the ceremony.

Delaney Hood, Accommodations Specialist, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and John Gruben, Commander of the Rochelle American Legion Post 403 and Kish Manufacturing Technology Adjunct Instructor, will head the MIA/POW table. Highlights of the event include a welcome by Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; the national anthem, performed by Rochelle High School junior Luke Smarto; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Kim Ahlert, Marine veteran and Kish Assistant Professor of Physics; recognition of military members and a moment of silence; a musical performance by the DeKalb High School Chamber Orchestra; guest speaker Steve Korth, Army veteran and Kish alumnus; and guest speaker Cohen Barnes, Army veteran, Mayor of DeKalb and Kish alumnus.

Guests should enter through Door 6, the Student Center entrance. The event will be recorded and livestreamed on Kish’s social media platforms.

The Veterans Day ceremony is sponsored by the Kishwaukee College Veterans Advocacy Committee.

For more information on the ceremony or veteran resources at Kish, visit

Date posted: October 27, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College will host Veterans Day Ceremony

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