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.

NWILED Annual Reports

Reports are released at NWILED's Annual Meetings.

2023 Annual Report
English-language version
Spanish-language version

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

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+):
JCE Co-op
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
Dupaco Community Credit Union 
Local Redevelopment Authority
Logistics Park Dubuque
Riverport Railroad

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499):
Carroll County
City of Savanna
Commonwealth Edison
First Community Bank of Galena
Highland Community College
ITC Midwest
Nicor Gas
Operating Engineers Local 150
TBK Bank
Village of Elizabeth 
Village of Hanover
Village of Stockton

Ambassador Level ($250 - $999):
Adkins Energy 
Carroll County Housing Authority
City of Mount Carroll 
Galena Territory Association 
Galena Country Tourism   
Gradient Coaching & Consulting (formerly Ho'ohana Coaching & Consulting)
Hoskins Building Center, Inc. 
Illinois Farmers Union 
Jail Hill Inn
Jo Daviess County Housing Authority
Louie's Trenching Services, Inc. 
MSA Professional Services
NorthWest Illinois Alliance of Realtors 
Pearl Valley Farms
The Bridgewater Inn
Timmerman's Supper Club
Zurn Elkay Water Solution 

Friend of the Program ($75 - $249 / In-Kind):
Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy
Keller Williams Realty Signature, Angela Stodden, Realtor
Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce 
River Bend Gallery

NWILED 2024 Membership Application form