Bisnow writer Annie Gaus has authored an article about States and Cities that are scrambling to attract massive Data Center Projects.

The City of DeKalb and DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation hailed the Facebook DeKalb Data Center, announced June 30th of this year.  Executive Director of DCEDC Paul Borek said “We’re thrilled with the Facebook project, it’s an $800M project which represents that largest investment in a single project in the history of DeKalb County.”

To read the Annie Gaus article, as published November 19th, 2020 at, please click on the link-States And Cities Scramble To Attract Massive Data Center Projects


Date posted: November 24, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb and Illinois Officials hailed the Facebook DeKalb Data Center as an Economic Boon!

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DCEDC Partner and DeKalb County Higher Education provider, Kishwaukee College has a program for employers!  See the attached information and reach out to them today! FA20 KISH ICWS EMPLOYER AD_CHAMBER BLAST




Date posted: November 18, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College Helps to Prepare the Future Workforce with a Work-Study Program

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations

November 17, 2020
DeKalb County Health Department

Governor Pritzker announced today that with COVID-19 spread now exponential in every region of the state, our statewide positivity rate at record highs, and hospitalizations already surpassing our Spring peak, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020, at 12:01 am.

To view the mitigations,




Date posted: November 18, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb County Health Department News 11-17-2020

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DCEDC Members and other Businesses/Organizations:

Thank you for your support of local restaurants, retailers, and hospitality providers during the initial COVID-19 stay-at-home order in the Spring. As you know, the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases has resulted in the shutdown of indoor dining once again, critically endangering the survival of our local restaurants and hospitality providers. Regretfully, some have already announced closures.

We believe now, more than ever, heightened support of local restaurants and hospitality providers is critical. We kindly request that you continue to patronize the local business, and consider an increase of your support to our local restaurants and hospitality providers by ordering carryout meals and box lunches as well as purchasing gift cards.

Restaurants are ready and able to do a daily meal replacement program at your site or to your employees’ homes in DeKalb County. A full list of restaurants can be found here   Daily Chronicle take-out dining information.  Grassroots organization, DeKalb County UNITES is offering a raffle to win a local restaurant gift card.  Please see their information below, on how to be entered into their raffle.

Support local restaurants by ordering pick-up, curbside, delivery, or dining outdoors! Enter your chance to win a local restaurant gift card through DeKalb County UNITES by taking a picture while supporting a local restaurant and posting it on your social media with the hashtag #DKCUnites. Winners will be drawn every Friday! Visit for a list of restaurants to support.

Attached, please find an invitation to participate in a survey that is being conducted by DCEDC’s Business Retention/Talent Pipeline Committee. We are interested in identifying and addressing your needs by conducting a COVID-19 Business Resource & Needs Survey. If you have recently taken this survey, we thank you for doing so. If you have not taken this survey, we welcome your participation in completing it. For your convenience, please see the link to our page where you can view, and take the survey.  Click here to take the brief COVID-19 Business Resources & Needs Survey

We look forward to your survey response and invite your engagement in the dialogue to address needs, challenges, as we seek solutions. Please contact me if you have any questions or recommendations.

My best regards,


Paul Borek-Executive Director, DCEDC



Date posted: November 9, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on An important message from DCEDC Executive Director, Paul Borek

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DeKalb County UNITES is urging residents to make a special effort to patronize local establishments in the days ahead. Supporting your favorite places now will help to ensure that they are able to make it through this period of restricted operations.

Snap a pic and you may get a prize!

Let’s have fun while doing the serious work of helping local businesses get through this challenging time.  Take a selfie or snap a pic of your family dining outdoors, picking up food, or receiving a delivery from a local establishment and send it to DeKalb County UNITES on our Facebook page messenger  UNITES and its partner organization, the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCCVB) will post pictures on our Facebook page to celebrate and thank you for your patronage.  UNITES and DCCVB will randomly surprise some lucky customers with prizes, including restaurant/bar gift certificates.  We celebrate your community spirit and keep the dollars flowing to local businesses.

A few more ideas for supporting local restaurants/bars

·     Bundle up and continue enjoying outdoor service. Hearty Huskie fans are used to tailgating in chilly conditions! Get out your cold-weather gear and head out to one of the many patio seating areas that have been established at restaurants and bars around the county. Help extend the season by dressing warmly and continuing to enjoy great food and drink outdoors.

·     Order food for pick-up and treat your family to a delicious meal at home from a local restaurant. Great options are available at a variety of price points and you can be sure that the restaurants know how to prepare and package your food safely.

·     Give feedback to owners. Don’t see something on the menu that your family loves? Let them know what you’d like. Can’t get out to pick up food and need delivery? Give them a call and see if they can work it out. Local establishments are always eager to please you, especially now.

·     Let the restaurants cater your special meals and family events at your home. Remote learning and navigating new work rules can be stressful. Instead of spending hours cooking special meals, give yourself a break and let the experts take over. Consult with your favorite restaurants to see what’s possible.

·     #Maskup! Help local establishments comply with local health guidelines and stop the spread by wearing your mask consistently, completely, and cheerfully. Please don’t add to the stress of servers and managers by arguing about wearing your mask.

·     Tip generously.  Foodservice workers are among the hardest hit in terms of job loss and wage loss in this pandemic. In DeKalb County, there’s a good chance your server is a student.  Give them a little extra if you can.

For more information about DeKalb County UNITES, #MaskUp DeKalb County or to find additional resources for small businesses, go to

Date posted: November 9, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on An important message for our Hospitality-Restaurant Businesses

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During the early weeks of fall, DCEDC Executive Director gave an interview to freelance writer, D.M. Herra.  To read this well-written article to learn about the timeline and all that went into bringing these mega projects to DeKalb,  please click on the link to read the article. Ferrara & Facebook DC Magazine Article September 2020 (Shaw Media)

Business Friendly, Speed to Market, Location, Transporation, Shovel Ready Sites, Incentives, Illinois Enterprise Zone, Skilled Labor Market, Higher-Learning Institutions.

Date posted: November 2, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on DC Magazine features Mega projects Ferrara and Facebook in the September 2020 edition

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For Immediate Release:

Kishwaukee College awarded TRIO Grant

The U.S. Department of Education renewed and awarded Kishwaukee College the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant.  The grant will provide the College with $1.3 million over a five-year program cycle. The award for the first year of the grant is $261,888.

The TRIO SSS program is available to first-generation college students who meet income eligibility requirements, as well as students with documented disabilities that impact academic performance and achievement.  The program has three main objectives for students: increase persistence; maintain good academic standing; and graduation and transfer with an associate’s degree or certificate within four years.

Dr. Michelle Rothmeyer, Vice President of Student Services at Kish, stated, “The College is excited to begin our second cycle of the TRIO SSS grant. During the first cycle of the grant, the program exceeded benchmarks for persistence and completion and contributed to the success of the students enrolled in the program.”

Students enrolled in the program receive support through tutoring, advisement in postsecondary course selection, transfer assistance, learning communities, success coaches, career awareness, and job shadowing. “Each participating student will undergo a comprehensive needs assessment to develop an individualized Student Success Plan. Providing wrap around services to meet student needs, has proven to be successful in the overall retention and completion rate of TRIO SSS students,” says Dariana Lee, Director of Student Success. TRIO SSS Grant Aid may also be available in select circumstances to assist students whose academic progress and retention may be adversely affected by financial challenges.

For more information on the TRIO SSS program at Kish, contact Savannah Ilenikhena, Director, TRIO Student Support Services, at 815-825-2950 or at

Date posted: October 26, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College awarded TRIO Grant

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The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce offers the following-

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Workshop


While your business has probably be focused on surviving COVID-19, we want to remind you of the deadline nearing for completing Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Every employer with employees working in the State of Illinois is required to provide all employees with annual sexual harassment prevention training. Register you and your employees for SBDC’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Workshop that is compliant with Illinois law. The workshop will be a Zoom presentation from 12-1:30 on Tuesday, October 27th.

Free for DeKalb Chamber members. $25 for prospective members.


Date posted: October 19, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Workshop

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