Hello DCEDC Employer Partners,

Northern Illinois University Career Services is hosting a new opportunity to recruit our students and recent alumni with an End-of-Year Career Fair! We hope you will consider joining us on May the Fourth for this virtual recruiting event. We have created a fair registration package to allow DCEDC members to attend at no charge.

If you are seeking interns, full-time, part-time, summer, or fall candidates, plan to join us virtually via Simplicity at our End-of-Year Career Fair. Registration is open through Huskies Get Hired and on our website. At registration, select the DCEDC Member registration package and then select to pay by check to complete the registration. You will receive a receipt showing a zero balance due.


  • End-of-Year Career Fair – Virtual
    Tuesday, May 4th, 11:00am-2:00pm
    Registration Fee:  $75; DCEDC Members: $0; Non-Profit / Government:  $25; DCNP Member $0; NIU Departments: $0

On behalf of the staff at NIU Career Services, thank you for your commitment to hiring Huskies! Please email us if we can assist with your recruitment goals in any way.


Best regards,


Cathy Doederlein and Diane Hart

Career Services

Northern Illinois University

Division of Academic Affairs


Date posted: April 26, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Member Announcement

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

The Kishwaukee College Welding and Diesel Power Technology Programs were the recipient of a hydraulic crane truck and diesel-powered service level welder, courtesy of Enbridge, Inc.

The Canadian-based energy company donated the truck and equipment, along with an annual scholarship donation of $5,000, during a ceremony at Kish on Wednesday, April 7. Leadership from both Kishwaukee College, the Kishwaukee College Foundation and Enbridge, along with students and faculty, were in attendance. Following the ceremony, Enbridge guests stayed and worked with Kish students during a training session with the equipment.

“We’re proud to continue supporting engineering and welding students at Kishwaukee College through this scholarship. We’re also honored to be able to donate the additional equipment, and we hope it enables students to experience specialized and real-world learning opportunities to help them achieve success in their field,” said Dave Bareham, Griffith Area Manager for Enbridge.

The new equipment offers expanded opportunities for Kish welding students, allowing them to train on identical equipment often found in professional welding jobs. Kish’s Diesel Power Technology Program will also have access to the crane truck as a training aide.

“The possibilities are endless with the hydraulic crane,” said Kish student William Miller. “You can get certification for the crane and do some bigger welding projects with this type of equipment. There are a lot of new training opportunities with this donation.”

Enbridge employees commented on the need for more skilled people in the workforce, and the donation allows for expanded training options.

“You have an amazing program here, and we are happy to be able to support it,” said Dan Morang, Senior Welder with Enbridge. “There are a lot of welding jobs out there that are good-paying jobs. You can make a good living doing it.”

Along with the equipment donation, Enbridge made its yearly contribution of $5,000 to the Kishwaukee College Foundation for the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship. The scholarship was started in 2015 for students enrolled in the Automated Engineering Technology Program or Welding Technology Program.

“Kishwaukee College is committed to supporting the education needs for a skilled workforce in the local community. I want to thank Enbridge for their partnership and their continued support of helping educate and train our students,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “All of our students, now and in the near future, will benefit from this generous donation.”

Enbridge has made several equipment donations and given guest lectures and demonstrations at Kish over the past several years. With a long history of supporting educational opportunities, the latest donation is further evidence of the company’s support of career and technical education.


For more information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation or the programs at Kish, such as welding or diesel power technology, visit www.kish.edu.

For more information on Enbridge, visit www.enbridge.com.



Photo Caption: Leadership from Kishwaukee College, the Kishwaukee College Foundation and Enbridge, Inc. pose for a photo after Enbridge donated a hydraulic crane truck, a diesel-powered service level welder, and a yearly scholarship contribution of $5,000 to the Foundation. The new equipment will benefit Kish’s Welding and Diesel Power Technology programs. Pictured left to right are Greg Bennett, Field Operations Supervisor for Enbridge; John Boesche, Kishwaukee College Assistant Professor of Diesel Power Technology; David Losiniecki, Heavy Equipment Operator for Enbridge; Dr. Kayte Hamel, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation; Dan Morang, Senior Welder with Enbridge; Dave Bareham, Griffith Area Manager for Enbridge; Zachery Caccia, Kishwaukee College Assistant Professor of Welding; Chase Budziak, Dean of Instruction; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Bernard Pupino, Coordinator-Career Internships & Apprenticeships; Emily Cutka, Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, Public Affairs for Enbridge; Jim Connors, Enridge Community Ambassador, Northern Illinois; Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction; and LaCretia Konan, Director of Workforce and Community Education.

Date posted: April 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Enbridge donates crane truck, welding equipment to Kishwaukee College

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

About Give DeKalb County

Give DeKalb County is a great way to support your favorite nonprofit organizations in DeKalb County! On May 6, donations can be made online from midnight to midnight at GiveDeKalbCounty.org. Donors who prefer to give by check can print a donation form, complete it by indicating the organization(s) and donation amount(s), then write a single check for the total amount payable to “DCCF.” Checks can be mailed to DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178. Mail-in donations must be postmarked from April 22 – May 6. Learn More >

Every donation made during Give DeKalb County is BOOSTED by a portion of the Bonus Pool. This means every dollar donated through Give DeKalb County goes a little further!  Join us in supporting DeKalb County’s incredible nonprofit community!

DCEDC is proud to participate in Give DeKalb County again this year.  Please visit our profile –DCEDC Give DeKalb County Profile Page








Date posted: April 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on GIVE DeKalb County-May 6, 2021

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News


Kristi Van Oost

Conserv FS

(815) 334-5921



Conserv FS Breaks Ground on Major Facility Updates in Waterman


Waterman, IL: Conserv FS announced a large expansion project for their Waterman Facility. Yesterday, they had a groundbreaking event with local agricultural and community representatives to celebrate the expansion and what it will do for the community.

This expansion includes a new 7,500-ton dry fertilizer building equipped with a 24-ton blender and a NTEP certified Auto-Batch blending system. This new building will have the capacity to load 8 semi-trucks per hour. Also included in this project is 1.3 million gallons of liquid fertilizer storage integrated with a crop protection mixing facility and warehouse. This new liquid facility will be equipped with three load bays providing both top and bottom load options with “hot-load” capabilities. Also included will be a 24/7 unattended bay for after-hours availability of nitrogen solution loads with nitrogen stabilizers. Each of these bays can easily fill 6 semi-loads per hour (18 semi-loads total/hour for the facility). In addition to these, the expansion will feature 72,000 gallons of bulk crop protection product storage contained in this facility and ample mini-bulk and package good storage that will provide tremendous flexibility and capacity.

Both the dry fertilizer and the liquid facility will contain automated systems integrated with ordering, operations, and accounting software providing a greatly streamlined process and improved flow of information to the customer.

“The loading speed of this updated facility will be up to 5 times faster than the existing facility. Allowing us to service our customers at an increased pace while lowering our daily operating expenses through improved efficiencies.”  Says Adam Day, Agronomy Marketing and Sales Manager at Conserv FS. “Storage capacities will allow for us to effectively handle customers’ in-season needs and keep them moving efficiently.”

All inbound and outbound loading will be done indoors for ease of operation and environmental awareness. “These state-of-the-art facilities are built with safety and the environment being foremost in our thoughts, while at the same time providing an outstanding customer experience to our patrons, gaining them valuable time during peak-season operations”, said Jeff Kimmel, Facility Projects Manager at Conserv FS. The construction is being conducted by Greystone Construction and is predicted to be completed before the end of the year.

“At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while planning for the future and the needs of the next generation of farmers. This large project at our Waterman facility demonstrates our commitment to the future of agriculture in our territory.” Says Dave Swigart, General Manager of Conserv FS.  “We’ve been serving agriculture for nearly 100 years and this project is an example of our commitment to serving the farmer of the future.”

Incorporated in 1928, Conserv FS is an agricultural cooperative, owned and democratically controlled by its members. They offer a wider variety of agronomy, energy, and turf services and products. Their products and services are backed by sound recommendations that will help your business thrive. Always professional and dependable, Conserv FS Specialists are trusted advisers who understand your local needs.

Cooperative expansion project includes new liquid, dry fertilizer facilities – AgriNews

Date posted: April 1, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Conserv FS Breaks Ground on Major Facility Updates in Waterman

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News


Even during a global pandemic, ChicagoWest Business Center, owned by Jerry Krusinski, CEO of Krusinski Construction Company saw local business development with the construction of a 1.6 million-square-foot distribution and packing center for the 110-year-old confectioner, Ferrara Candy Company.  ComEd’s economic development team was there to help with the details.

Ferrara will invest more than $100 million into the development. The project is expected to be fully operational by the spring of 2021 and will bring hundreds of jobs to DeKalb.

Click on the link to read the full article.  ComEd Powering Lives


Date posted: March 31, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Energy giant ComEd helps local business develop

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News Regional Economic Updates

Utility provider ComEd, is providing assistance to communities and not for profits up to $10K.  The grants must be used to support environmental initiatives, safety enhancements, or arts and culture programs.

See the attached press release to learn more.  3.17.21_ComEd Grants Release FINAL

Thank you, ComEd for being a responsive and supportive partner in economic development.



Date posted: March 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Community Grant Programs Available

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News Regional Economic Updates

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

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News

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


Date posted: February 8, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Free On-Line Webinars for PPP Loan Forgiveness Lenders & Small Business

Categories: DCEDC & Member Organizations Local Development News