We've come a long way since 2009, when the Jo-Carroll Energy Board of Directors studied economic development structures, funding and progress in Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside counties in Northwest Illinois in an attempt to determine a best and consistent approach for improving the quality of life for its members. The Board decided it was necessary that a regional development entity be formed, concentrating on growing the economy and public/private partnerships. Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA) was born.

Over recent years TCEDA has broadened its outreach, with new partners and sponsors, and increased membership in the private and public sectors. We are proud to have been recognized by our colleagues and peers with a Nonprofit of the Year award and a regional, state-awarded Certificate of Appreciation for our support and contribution to workforce development.

In our efforts to continuously improve, we've changed our organization's name to NW Illinois Economic Development to more accurately reflect our location in the country and to the world. Our message is clear; we are a welcoming region with clearly defined benefits to grow business. We have Room to Grow.

Mission Statement

NW Illinois Economic Development promotes economic development by fostering business growth. We assist expanding and relocating businesses in determining their needs for growth with cooperation of our government and business partners.

We encourage entrepreneurs by assisting with access to resources to begin and grow their businesses.

We employ all available resources to create a welcoming business environment, aligning the skills of our workforce with the needs of businesses, and building political and economic capital.


On August 12, 2020, the NW Illinois Economic Development Board of Directors approved three new goals, to be completed by September 1, 2023. They are as follows:
  1. Help with 24 business starts or expansions, project value below $300,000
  2. Help with 3 business expansions or relocations, project value above $300,000
  3. Launch 2 new programs to expand the economic ecosystem of our region

To learn more about these goals, please reach out to our office. 

NWILED Annual Reports

Reports are released at NWILED's Annual Meetings.

2021-2022 Annual Report:
English-language version
Spanish-language version

2020-2021 Annual Report:
English-language version
Spanish-language version


The following public and private sector organizations are financial supporters of NWILED.

Platinum Level ($10,000+):
Jo-Carroll Energy
Illinois Bank & Trust, a Division of HTLF Bank
Jo Daviess County, Illinois

Gold Level ($5,000 to $9,999):
Conlon Construction Co.

Silver Level ($2,500 to $4,999):
Baranski Hammer Moretta & Sheehy
Citizens State Bank
City of Galena
Local Redevelopment Authority
Logistics Park Dubuque
Riverport Railroad

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499):
City of Savanna
Commonwealth Edison
Dupaco Community Credit Union
First Community Bank of Galena
Highland Community College
Nicor Gas
Operating Engineers Local 150
Village of Hanover

Ambassador Level ($250 - $999):
Carroll County Housing Authority
Galena Territory Association 
Galena Country Tourism   
Illinois Farmers Union 
Jail Hill Inn
Jo Daviess County Housing Authority
MSA Professional Services
NorthWest Illinois Alliance of Realtors 
Pearl Valley Farms
Rockfarm Supply Chain Solutions 
The Bridgewater Inn
Timmerman's Supper Club
Village of Elizabeth
Zurn Elkay Water Solution 

Friend of the Program ($75 - $249 / In-Kind):
Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce 
Next Level
River Bend Gallery

NWILED 2023 Membership Application form