Paul J. Borek

Paul J. Borek

Executive Director, DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation

Administrator, DeKalb County Enterprise Zone



15 Years of Service

In a career spanning 40 years, Paul Borek has accumulated considerable experience and accomplishment in economic development, banking and city planning as well as marketing and sales. Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Aurora University.

As Executive Director of DCEDC Paul is responsible for business attraction, expansion, workforce development, strategic planning, business advocacy and fundraising. He has been instrumental in the development and expansion of several major manufacturing and distribution facilities in DeKalb County; promoted research and development partnerships between Northern Illinois University and local industries; and coordinated the application and certification of the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone.

Paul has demonstrated strong relationships with the commercial real estate development and brokerage community in northern Illinois. He serves as Deputy Director of the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association, the DeKalb-Ogle Workforce Development Consortium, Kane-Kendall-DeKalb Workforce Development Board and the Sycamore Area Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to DCEDC Paul was:

  • Founding Executive Director Sandwich Economic Development Corporation
  • Principal of P.J. Borek Consulting
  • Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Old Second National Bank
  • Executive Director, Aurora Economic Development Corporation
  • Deputy Director, Economic Development Corporation of Chicago
  • City Planner, Chicago Department of Planning

Borek facilitated development projects with the following companies: 3M Corporation, Target Corporation, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, JPSA Laser Technologies, Kraft Foods, Weyerhaeuser, Cabot Microelectronics, Westell Technologies, Warner Electra Atlantic and United Airlines.

Paul is a member of the Sycamore Rotary Club and past President of the Aurora Rotary Club. He is married to Mary Myers and father to Christopher and Caitlin.


Phone: 815-895-2711 ext. 203 (Office)  Cellular:  815-508-2427