Sue Avery, Gideon Blustein, Drew Muffler, and Barry Thompson.
2023: Celebrating the GEDC's 30th Anniversary Year!
Founded in 1993, the GEDC has worked to promote a vibrant economy in Grundy County for 30 years.
Thank you to Grundy County, all of our valued investors, the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, our municipal partners, and community leaders for your continued partnership and support of economic development. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with all of you in the year to come!
Join us for the 2023 Annual Dinner - March 8
You're invited to join us on March 8th for our yearly celebration of the Grundy County business community. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815.942.0163. It may only be January, but registration for this event sells out quickly, so sign up to join us for this popular event ASAP!
Business of the Year Partnership of the Year Welcome to Grundy County
Thank you to CPV Three Rivers, Old National Bank, Comcast, and Busey Bank for sponsoring this year's Annual Dinner.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Nancy.
Prospects and Projects
Project Patty 2 - A manufacturing prospect seeking a rail-served site has returned to its search for a location. Multiple sites in Grundy were submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Project Cathy - Intersect Illinois solicited possible Grundy County sites for a manufacturer in the EV industry seeking a location with significant power capacity.A site was submitted for consideration.
Solar Energy - Multiple developers are considering industrial-scale solar installations in Grundy County.
Welcome to Our Newest Legislators -US Congressman Darrin Lahood (16th District of Illinois), Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett (53rd District), Illinois State Representative Jed Davis (75th District).
Promising Signs for Midwest Hydrogen Hub - MachH2, the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen, announced that it has received a notice of encouragement from the US Department of Energy. This notice is an indication that its concept paper meets requirements and may be selected as one of six to ten regional clean hydrogen hubs in the $8 billion program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Click here to read more.
Available and Upcoming Grant/Loan Funding:
Incumbent worker training grant funds are available through the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board. $10,000 must be spent by June 30, 2023. Please contact Ann Rzasa, email@example.com or 815-483-8291.
Workshare IL - IDES program to provide employers facing a decline in business with an alternative to layoffs. For more, click here.
Low-interest loans available to small businesses through the Advantage Illinois (AI) Loan Participation Program. Click here.
Advantage Illinois (AI) Loan Guarantee Program(new) - Supporting business applicants who are having difficulty gaining access to capital by using funds to guarantee a percentage of loans provided by partner lenders. For more, click here.
INVENT Venture Capital Program (new) - Direct equity program with a focus on investing in businesses in key industries such as agriculture, ag tech, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing, quantum, and more. For more, click here.
Climate Bank Finance Loan Participation Program(new) - Climate Bank funds to be available to small businesses in the clean energy sector. For more, click here.
View DCEO's latest newsletter with many more funding opportunities listed here.
Check out the new FCC National Broadband Map hereto learn more about broadband coverage and options in your area. Illinois is working to ensure that it receives its share of federal funding to bring high-speed internet to all across the state, and this FCC map is a key component of the project.
Love's Travel Stop Open! With an official ribbon cutting on December 19, Love's Travel Stop at Brisbin Road and Route 6 in Morris officially opened for business, earning the distinction of the first development to "go vertical" at the Brisbin Road Interchange.
GEDC Proud to Sponsor Community Leaders' Attendance at NIU Financial Forecast Seminar -The yearly "Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector" will be attended by representatives from a number of Grundy County communities.
2023 Sponsorship Opportunities
Annual Dinner - March 2023
Summer Investor Event - Summer 2023
Legislative Breakfast - April 2023
Broker Developer Showcase - Q4 2023
Business Lunch Series - Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 2023
Economic Boot Camp - April 2023
Click here for additional sponsorship information. If your company would like to sponsor any of the above events, please contact Nancy.
February 2 - GEDC Economic Outlook, Virtual, 8:00 AM
February 14 - Executive Board Meeting, 7:30 AM
February 20 - President's Day - GEDC Office Closed