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Made in NW Illinois - River Bend Gallery

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NWILED 2022 Annual Report

The NWILED 2021/2022 Annual Report was released at the Annual Meeting on the evening of Thursday, September 29, 2022.
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NWILED announces new resources and fall 2022 events

NWILED recently completed two unique marketing tools and is excited to announce two upcoming special events.
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Bring a Kid to Work Day 2022

NWILED, in coordination with local chambers of commerce from Carroll and Jo Daviess counties, is organizing a ‘Bring a Kid to Work Day’ event for Wednesday, August 3, 2022. 
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Made in NW Illinois - LabelMill

Applying Labels in NW Illinois
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NWILED awards the John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship

NWILED is pleased to announce the winners of the NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship for 2022. 
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Manufacturing Day 2022

Northwest Illinois Economic Development, in partnership with Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy (CTEA), and Jo-Carroll Energy, is pleased to announce that Manufacturing Day 2022 is planned for Wednesday, April 6. 
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David Schmit announced as Interim Executive Director

NWILED is pleased to announce David Schmit as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Emily Legel.
 
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Winter 2022 Newsletter - Spanish-Language version

Enjoy the Spanish-language version of NWILED’s Winter 2022 newsletter detailing our Diverse Businesses Initiative, second award from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund, news on Amtrack coming back to the NW IL region, and more! 
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Genz Fund Awarded

NWILED announced the second payout from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund to Carrie Clark and Susan Hanley of Lola’s Deli totaling $8,000.00 on Saturday, January 22, 2022, 
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Winter 2022 Newsletter

Enjoy NWILED’s Winter 2022 newsletter detailing our Diverse Businesses Initiative, second award from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund, news on Amtrack coming back to the NW IL region, and more! 
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2022 NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the application window for the 2022 NWILED John D. Cooke, III Memorial Entrepreneurial Scholarship is now open. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 18, 2022.
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Illinois Regional Port District

Check out the announcement about the Corn Belts Ports from the Illinois Regional Port District.
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Fall 2021 Newsletter - Spanish-Language version

Check out the Spanish-language version of the fall 2021 newsletter detailing the NWILED Annual Meeting, the first award from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund, a new deli coming to Elizabeth, Manufacturing Day, and more!
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Spanish-Language Small Business Outreach Event Press Release

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Spanish-Language Small Business Outreach Event

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Evento Comunitario en Espanol Para Pequenas Empresas

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Check out the fall 2021 newsletter detailing the NWILED Annual Meeting, the first award from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund, a new deli coming to Elizabeth, Manufacturing Day, and more!
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2021 Annual Report

The 2021 NWILED Annual Report was released at the Annual Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
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NWILED 2021 Annual Meeting

NWILED hosted 45 organizations on Wednesday, September 29th.  
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Genz Fund Awarded

NWILED announces the first payout from the Genz Memorial Investment Fund to John Hudetz of getVRtours.com.
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Made in NW Illinois - Galena Spoon Co.

A Carving Original
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Made in NW Illinois - Lemfco

Steadfast with Gray
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NWILED Summer 2021 Newsletter

Check out the summer 2021 newsletter detailing the Workforce Housing Study, Riverport Railroad, upcoming special events, the Made in NW IL series, and more!
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Made in NW Illinois - The Scent Workshop

First Noticed - Last Forgotten
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Made in NW Illinois - Metform

Driving Quality since 1976
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Made in NW Illinois - Big Miniature Farms

It began with horseradish jam!
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2021 Build It Grow It Entrepreneurial Scholarship

On May 20, 2021 NWILED awarded Kaitlin Kilgore, a graduating senior from River Ridge High School, the 2021 Build It Grow It Entrepreneurial Scholarship.
 
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Made in NW Illinois - Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery

Galena Community Pride since 1985!

 
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NWILED Spring Newsletter

Check out the spring 2021 newsletter including the Genz Memorial Investment Fund, the relocation guide, and more!
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Jo Daviess County releases New Resident Welcome Kit

HANOVER, IL – Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED), Galena Area Chamber of Commerce, and Galena Country Tourism is pleased to announce the release of the Jo Daviess County New Resident Welcome Kit.
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NEWS TIP - Upper Mississippi River Strong Webinar

A workshop to advance opportunities and support innovation for Upper Mississippi River ports and terminals is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 from 9:00 AM to Noon.  
 
 
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NWILED Winter 2020 Newsletter

Curious to see what's happening in the NW Illinois business world? Check out the Winter 2020 edition of the NWILED newsletter.
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NWILED WelcomesNew Board Member, Addition to the Executive Committee

NWILED welcomes Amiee Schoenhaar of Riverport Railroad to the Board
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4th Annual Seed Money Competition

Does your business have an emerging new product or service? Consider presenting at NW Illinois Economic Development‘s (NWILED) 4th Annual Seed Money Competition.
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Position Open

NWILED hiring a new program coordinator! Click to learn more.
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NWILED Welcomes New Additions to Executive Board

NWILED welcomes Joe Mattingley and Kathy Gable to Executive Board
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NW Illinois COVID-19 Resources

A list of COVID-19 Resources for area businesses. For immediate assistance, please call our office at 815-297-7361.
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10th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Another sold out event for NWILED to celebrate its 10th Anniversary!
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2019 NW Illinois Economic Development Collaboration Awards

Congratulations to those awarded 2019 NW Illinois Economic Development Collaboration Awards.
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Opportunity Zones in NW IL

Savanna, IL is preparing for investment using federally-designated Opportunity Zones.

For a map of Opportunity Zones in northwest Illinois, visit https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx.
 
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NW Illinois Opportunity Zones

NW Illinois Economic Development's applications for two federally-designated Opportunity Zones in Stockton, IL and Savanna, IL were approved! Opportunity Zones provide investment opportunities in designated zones in order to reduce or eliminate a prior capital gain.

For a map of Opportunity Zones in northwest Illinois, visit https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx.

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2018 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Award

Our first-ever Build it • Grow it Entrepreneurial Scholarship for high school seniors is awarded to...
 

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2018 NW Illinois Economic Development Collaboration Awards

The 2018 Collaboration Awards featured a 138-year old business, a nonprofit serving 16 counties, and a volunteer collaborator who convinced 50 citizens to provide $2,500 each, and to volunteer their time and talent by buying and rehabilitating old structures in their downtown.
 
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NW Illinois Economic Development Annual Meeting

What commonalities do 100-year-old small and mid-size businesses share? Vicki TenHaken, professor of management at Hope College, shared her research into not only sustainability but survivability during times of crises at the 2018 NW Illinois Economic Development Annual Meeting.
 
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Measuring Economic Progress in Rural Regions

As we think about measuring success for economic development in rural areas, we are realizing the goal posts are not only moving, but morphing. Jason Vangalis and Ashley Scray of Ady Advantage, explained the shift after attending the International Economic Development Council's 2017 Annual Conference and Strategic Planning Workshop in Toronto.

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