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 2021 Annual Report

The report was released at NWILED's Annual Meeting held on September 29, 2021.
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Diamond Level ($20,000+):
Jo-Carroll Energy
Illinois Bank & Trust
Jo Daviess County, Illinois

Silver Level ($5,000 - $9,999):
Conlon Construction Co.

Bronze Level ($1000 - $4,999):
Baranski Hammer Moretta & Sheehy
Carroll County Housing Authority
Citizens State Bank
City of Galena
City of Savanna
Commonwealth Edison
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
First Community Bank of Galena
Highland Community College
Jo Daviess County Housing Authority
Local Redevelopment Authority
Logistics Park Dubuque
Nicor Gas
Operating Engineers Local 150
Riverport Railroad
Village of Hanover

Ambassador Level ($250 - $999):
Greater Galena Marketing, Inc. 
Jail Hill Inn
Timmerman's Supper Club
Village of Elizabeth

In-kind Supporters:
Next Level
River Bend Gallery

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