Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital recently was awarded for its effort to treat patients with heart failure.

The hospital received the American Heart Association’s GOLD PLUS Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure quality achievement award.  The award is given for the hospital’s commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, meaning fewer readmissions and more healthy days at home.

Congratulations to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital!  DeKalb County is fortunate to have a stellar healthcare system in our neighborhoods.

To read the full story, as published by the Daily Chronicle, click on the link. DeKalb NW Kish earn recognition

Date posted: November 29, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Northwestern Kish Hospital earns recognition

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The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees voted to certify the College’s 2022 tax levy at its November meeting at a level that will continue a ten-year trend of lower Kishwaukee College real estate tax rates for residents and businesses within the Kishwaukee College district, which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Boone, Kane, Winnebago and La Salle counties. Kish’s share of a typical district real estate tax bill is approximately 7%, depending on the tax rates of other local taxing bodies.

 

“As stewards of Kishwaukee College, the Board and College leadership will always look to make responsible financial decisions to benefit our students and our constituents,” said Bob Johnson, Board Chair. “This year’s tax levy is another example of the strong health of our institution.”

 

Several factors benefitted this year’s levy decision, including higher student enrollment, federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) dollars, which assisted the College in keeping costs affordable for students through a challenging period dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and a growing district equalized assessed valuation (EAV) as a result of increased construction, particularly on the south side of DeKalb. For the first time in 11 years, Kishwaukee College saw an increase in enrollment for the Fall 2022 semester.

 

The Kish Board continues to seek opportunities to improve the financial health of the College while benefitting both students and taxpayers. The College has not increased tuition rates in three years and helped save taxpayers approximately $14 million in bond refinancing in 2020.

 

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit kish.edu.

Date posted: November 23, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Local economic growth leads to reduced real estate tax rates for Kish College

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  • Small Business Development Centers (Due Dec 15th): Organizations wishing to become SBDCs and provide business advising should apply. SBDCs are key resources for entrepreneurs and we seek to have coverage across the state. Register for the webinar on Tuesday, the 22nd here.
  • Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program (Due Dec 16th): Not a cash grant, but a great opportunity for communities to receive expert advice on broadband planning. The goal of the program is to prepare communities to be competitive for grant opportunities.
  • Human Services Capital Investment (Due Dec 30th): for human services not-for-profits that serve low-income or marginalized populations to expand or improve facilities.
  • CDBG Public Infrastructure and Housing Rehabilitation (Due Jan 19th): For downstate communities that do not receive their CDBG money directly from HUD. Two separate grants: one for water and sewer infrastructure and the other for rehabbing homes.

 

We continue to see a lot of excitement regarding the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program (Due Dec 12th). The Governor was also proud to announce $5 million in matching funds for the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Illinois has more than 100 companies working on cutting edge technology that received federal SBIR/STTR awards who may be eligible for a state grant of up to $50,000.

State Grants

DCEO grants can be found on the website

NEW! Human Services Capital Investment Grant Subaward Program

What:  DCEO is partnering with IDHS and TEC Services Consulting Inc. to administer a capital grant program for Illinois human services not-for-profits. Projects must expand or improve a facility owned or leased by a human services provider. Priority will be given to projects that are addressing Life Safety code deficiencies, expanding services for clients, or serving DIAs or qualified census tracts. Land acquisition, building purchases, and operational costs are not eligible.

Potential Applicants:  Not-for-profits that have provided services to low-income or marginalized populations for two years in either mental health, rehabilitation services, substance use prevention and recovery, family and community services, developmental disabilities, and early childhood.

How Much: $15m total, with grants ranging from $50k to $250k.

Deadline:  December 30th, 2022 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE on DCEO’s website, as well as HERE through our technical assistance partners.

NEW! Small Business Development Centers

What:  We are seeking host organizations to operate our Small Business Development Centers across Illinois. These centers provide training and guidance for entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses. Through one-on-one advising, SBDCs provide assistance in planning, market expansion, financial analysis, regulatory assistance, e-commerce strategies, access to capital and more. We are also seeking SBDC International Trade Centers to help businesses export and break into overseas markets.

Potential Applicants:  Non-profits, local governments, economic development institutions, and institutions of higher education.

How Much: $5.58m total, with grants ranging from $40k to $525k. Grant covers CY2023, with options to receive a two year extension. 100% match required, with 50% upfront.

Deadline:  December 15th, 2022 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE. Register for the 11/22 webinar here.

NEW! Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning Program, Round 3
What:
A collaborative effort by the Illinois Office of Broadband, Illinois-based Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, and the University of Illinois Extension, this program will help local governments receive expert support as they prepare to leverage new state and federal dollars. Communities will go through an intensive 14-week community engagement program designed to turn available public broadband funding into sustainable broadband access. Communities will learn how to identify broadband goals, understand available funding options, and target capital dollars to support implementation.
Potential Applications: Municipalities, counties, and multi-county regions
How Much: This is not a cash grant. Approximately 6 communities will be chosen to receive no-cost expert counsel provided by the Benton Institute over a 14-week intensive. The goal of the program is to prepare communities to be competitive for grant opportunities.
Deadline: December 16th, 2022
Apply: Information can be found here.

NEW! Community Development Block Grant, Public Infrastructure

What:  This grant is using federal dollars to fund water and sewer infrastructure projects to alleviate health and safety concerns in low-to-moderate-income communities. Projects must be primarily residential, as projects for commercial areas are not eligible.

Potential Applicants:  Municipalities, townships, and counties in non-metro areas. Local governments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, St. Clair, and Madison are NOT eligible. Larger cities (like Rockford, Champaign, Peoria, and others) that receive their entitlement funds directly from HUD are also NOT eligible.
How Much: $17.5m total, with grants ranging from $300k to $1.5m.

Deadline:  January 19th, 2023 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

NEW! Community Development Block Grant, Housing Rehabilitation

What:  This grant is using federal dollars to fund housing rehabilitation projects to alleviate health and safety concerns in low-to-moderate-income communities. This program targets projects for single-family, owner-occupied housing needing rehabilitation. Eligible activities include water and sewer connections, lead-based paint remediation, accessibility, and more.

Potential Applicants:  Municipalities, townships, and counties in non-metro areas. Local governments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, St. Clair, and Madison are NOT eligible. Larger cities (like Rockford, Champaign, Peoria, and others) that receive their entitlement funds directly from HUD are also NOT eligible.
How Much: $7m total, with grants ranging from $300k to $650k. Projects must rehabilitate at least 8 homes. Maximum of $60k per household.

Deadline:  January 19th, 2023 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program

What:  This grant provides funding for promotional efforts to attract visitors to destinations, attractions, and events throughout Illinois. The grant will support costs like media production (digital, TV, print, radio etc), billboards, brochures, visitor guides, website development, and trade show registration. The ultimate goal of the program is to support promotional projects that increase visitation and overnight stays, thereby fueling local economies across the state.

Potential Applicants:  CVBs, non-profits, counties, and municipalities.
How Much: $2.93m total, with grants ranging from $10k to $100k. 100% match required.

Deadline:  December 12th, 2022 at 5pm.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Illinois Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program

What:  The Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Capital Grant Program aims to support communities by helping independently owned companies build capacity, create jobs and ultimately, strengthen our meat processing supply chain in Illinois, thereby making food products more affordable and accessible. Grant funds must be used to construct new facilities or expand processing capacity at existing facilities.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses engaging in meat and poultry processing. Must be independently owned and operated and the facility must be physically located in Illinois.
How Much: $6m total, with grants ranging from $250k to $1.5m. A 4:1 match is required: grant funds may only cover up to 20% of total capital expenses.

Deadline:  Rolling until December 31st, 2023 at 5pm, or until funds are depleted.
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Illinois State Fire Marshal Small Equipment Grant Program

What:  This program provides grants to fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services in Illinois for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.

Potential Applicants:  Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts, and township fire departments as well as not-for-profit ambulance services.

How Much:  $1.5m total. Grants of up to $26,000 will be awarded.

Deadline:  November 30th, 2022.

Apply: Information can be found HERE.

DCEO is not involved in this grant opportunity, but many do ask about grants for fire equipment and this is a great opportunity!

IEPA Lead Service Line Information Grant Program
What:
  The Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act requires owners and operators of community water supplies in Illinois to deliver a complete water service line material inventory to the Illinois EPA no later than April 15, 2024. The complete inventory must report the composition of all service lines within the community’s distribution system. This opportunity provides funding to assist in that inventory.

Potential Applicants:  Units of local government.

How Much:  $2m total. Grant awards range from $20k to $50k.

Deadline:  December 2nd, 2022 at 12pm.

Apply: Information can be found HERE.

DCEO is not involved in this grant opportunity, but many do ask about grants for water infrastructure and this is a great opportunity!

Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program

What:  Connect Illinois seeks to achieve ubiquitous broadband access for homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions. Applications should be classified under one of three categories: (a) Broadband Access for in unserved or underserved areas; (b) Broadband Innovation for economic development; or (c) Urban Broadband for expanded access and/or innovation in qualified Illinois cities. All Connect Illinois projects must include infrastructure expansion scalable to speeds of at least 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload upon deployment. Allowable costs include network design, project planning, equipment, construction, and deployment of middle mile and/or last mile infrastructure.

Potential Applicants:  Businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, school districts, and local governments. Proposals covering unserved and/or underserved areas are eligible for Connect Illinois grant funding.
How Much: $350 million total, maximum grant size of $10 million. Preference given for a 50% match, but it is not required for an application to be competitive.
Deadline:  Rolling through 2024, or until funds are depleted
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

Federal Grants

More can be found on DCEO’s website or grants.gov.

USDOT Thriving Communities Program

What:  Thriving Communities Program (TCP) aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects. TCP provides tools to ensure that under-resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). TCP will provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to teams of community partners that may lack the staffing or technical expertise to scope, fund, and develop infrastructure projects that advance broader community goals. TCP will provide two years of deep-dive assistance to selected communities to help them plan and develop a pipeline of comprehensive transportation, housing, and community revitalization activities.

Potential Applicants: Local governments, metropolitan or rural transportation planning organizations, and transit agencies. A separate application is available for non-profits and local governments interested in providing support and capacity building.

How Much:  $25m total.

Deadline:  Interested applicants must identify community partners and jointly submit a letter of interest by December 6th.

Apply: Information can be found HERE.

EDA Economic Development Research and National Technical Assistance Program

What:  Grants under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. These grants seek to promote critical, cutting-edge research and best practices with practitioners in the economic development field. They also support a small number of projects that provide technical assistance at a national scope.

Potential Applicants:  Local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, individuals, or for-profit organizations.

How Much: $1.5 million

Deadline:  Rolling
Apply: Information can be found HERE.

 

Date posted: November 23, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEO shares new Grant Programs

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Kishwaukee College was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the College’s comprehensive financial report for the Fiscal Year 2021.

The achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by Kishwaukee College and its management, according to GFOA.

Jill Hansen, Kishwaukee College Chief Financial Officer, and the Kishwaukee College Business Office were cited for their work compiling the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR). Each year, Kish submits its ACFR to GFOA for review and evaluation by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate Kish’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

“The ACFR allows the public to assess the economic condition of Kishwaukee College with full transparency because the report goes well beyond minimum financial reporting requirements,” Hansen said.

Kish has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting every year since first submitting an ACFR in 2012.

“This recognition showcases the fiscal stability and transparency Kishwaukee College offers to the community it serves,” said Bob Johnson, Kishwaukee College Board Chair. “The efforts of Jill Hansen and our Business Office are exceptional and greatly appreciated by College leadership and our constituents.”

GFOA provides best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members working in federal, state and local finances. To learn more about Kishwaukee College, visit kish.edu.

Date posted: November 16, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Kish College recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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DCEDC would like to congratulate our partners at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for being named as named the 2022 Outstanding Chamber of the Year at the IACCE Conference!

On November 3rd, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce staff accepted the 2022 Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award. This award, presented by Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, recognizes organization excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique bench-marking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the US Chamber of Commerce accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership/governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.

Our chamber partners play a very critical role in the DeKalb County communities.  We are proud to share this good news!

 

Date posted: November 9, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on DeKalb Chamber of Commerce named 2022 Outstanding Chamber of the Year

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Kishwaukee College’s Engineering, Math & Science Academy (EMSA) will hold two upcoming information sessions for the 2023-2024 academic year.

  • 5:30-6:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 16, in C1121 or via Zoom
  • 5:30-6:30 pm Tuesday, Dec. 6, in C1121 or via Zoom

The information sessions are open to current high school sophomores and juniors along with their parents/guardians.

EMSA offers high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses in STEM-related fields — including physics, mathematics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and biology — to prepare for various careers. The program offers three unique tracks in engineering, pre-professional, and — new for the upcoming year — pre-nursing. The pre-nursing track is designed for students pursuing a nursing career, especially those interested in starting at Kishwaukee College before transferring to complete a four-year nursing degree. Students completing the pre-nursing track will be able to move straight into Kish’s Registered Nursing associate degree program following graduation from high school.

Depending on their chosen track, students may need to complete pre-calculus or chemistry with a “B” grade or better to be considered eligible for the program. Students can earn up to 23 transferable credit hours through EMSA. Past Kish EMSA students have transferred to some of the top schools in the country, including the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Georgia Tech and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The information session will overview the program, explain the application process and answer questions for students and parents/guardians. Application materials must be received by the College no later than Jan. 31, 2023, for consideration for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Guests attending in person are encouraged to park in Lot A and enter through Door 6.

To learn more about EMSA, visit kish.edu/emsa. For more information on the upcoming sessions, contact administrative assistant Cindy Karasewski at ckarasewski@kish.edu or 815-825-9307.

Date posted: November 9, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Kish College to host EMSA info sessions in November and December

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DeKalb High School driver’s education program received an electric vehicle and two charging stations, made possible by a $50,000 grant under ComEd’s education program, created in 2019 through the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act.

This is not the first grant ComEd has provided to the DeKalb area to expand area drivers’ access to electric vehicles and charging stations.  Earlier this year, ComEd joined DeKalb city leaders for a ribbon cutting for a third public charging station located in the city’s downtown district.

Including DeKalb, 14 Illinois schools have participated in ComEd’s electrical vehicle education program.  Illinois school communities with a drivers’ education program interested in applying for the next round of grants for 2023 are invited to apply for a piece of the $250,000 available funding through December 31st.

To read the full article published by the Daily Chronicle click on the link City of DeKalb ComEd grant provides DCUSD 428 with electric car 

 

 

 

 

 

Date posted: November 8, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on ComEd grant provides electric vehicle to DeKalb High School’s driver’s ed program

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Wehrli Custom Fabrication officially opened its doors to a new 112,000-square-foot warehouse, manufacturing and office building in DeKalb, Illinois. Krusinski partnered with brothers and business owners Jason and Ryan Wehrli on the design-build construction project.

The facility marked an exclamation point for unprecedented growth and a dramatic business expansion story after the business was started from a two-truck garage a little more than ten years ago.
“Krusinski built a great team who worked together to achieve our ideas and goals for the project and brought it to life. Working with another family-owned company was powerful since we are the same.” – Jason Wehrli
The new precast facility sits on an 11-acre site, which provides the potential for future expansion by Wehrli, which specializes in high-performance diesel upgrades, powder coating and custom metal fabrication. The building features a two-story, 12,000-square-foot office area, with elevator-accessible space on the second floor for future expansion consideration.

Read more about the Wehrli Custom Fabrication Project by KCC

Date posted: November 7, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Krusinski Construction Builds New Facility for Wehrli Custom Fabrication New Facility Marks Major Expansion of Wehrli’s Operations in DeKalb

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DCEDC hosted an informative and timely event on Thursday, 10/27/2022 at Faranda’s Banquet Center for members and their guests.

Patrick Dolan, Express Employment Professionals delivered a profound presentation to our guests.

Read here for the Daily Chronicles recap of this insightful event.  DCEDC News BRT Event The Vanishing workforce

This presentation will be posted in the Members Area of the DCEDC website.

 

 

Date posted: October 31, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on Where have all the workers gone? The Vanishing Workforce

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