DCEDC Welcomes David Long as our new Graduate Research Assistant


DCEDC is pleased to welcome David Long to our organization as our newest Graduate Research Assistant.  David is finishing his graduate course work at Northern Illinois University in the Public Administration Department.  A bit about David can be found below.

David’s hours are Monday: 9:00 AM-1:30 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM.  Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Feel free to welcome David by giving him a call at 815-895-2711 x 204, or by sending him an email Click here to email David

Some Facts about David:


Graduate of DeKalb High School 2016

BA-Criminal Justice, Minor in Communications and Digital Media from Gannon University, Erie PA 2020

Masters in MPA Strategic Public Management and Leadership Development, Northern Illinois University, August 2022


A longtime resident of DeKalb, IL.  Frequent traveler, and lover of food.  Son of Mandy and Carl Long. Brother to Savannah, Sierra, and Brogran

Fun Facts:

“I once was a cheerleader.  I am a vegetarian.  My favorite number is 12.”

Why did you apply for the DCEDC position?

“I applied for the DCEDC position because I love the DeKalb community.  When I saw there was an opportunity to help play a role in the economic development of the county, I absolutely jumped at the chance.  The DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation does a great job at engaging our communities, our stakeholders, and so much more.  I want to be a part of that!”

What do you hope to get out of the position at DCEDC:

“I hope to become a better serving professional.  At the conclusion of this experience, I would like to be able to call on the impact I was able to bring to the organization. More importantly, to have the ability to leverage the knowledge and the skills I will have gained during my time at DCEDC, to become a better well-rounded community member and public service professional.”

What are your plans after you graduate from NIU?

“At the completion of my degree, I will enter the workforce as a full-time service professional.  At the same time, I plan to pursue a Doctorate Juris degree in order to pursue the JAG program in the United States Military.”