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MCEDC Spring Muni Roundtable

MCEDC held its Spring Muni Roundtable last week for local municipal economic development managers.  The guest speaker was Tom Hulseman, Executive Director of  Chicago Metro Exports.  (Metro Chicago Exports is an unprecedented collaboration between the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois - Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the City of Chicago.)

The goal of this program is to increase exports from small and medium-sized companies which will ultimately support regional job growth.  And while exporting often evokes images of mind-boggling paper work, complex logistics and a host of new costs and headaches, Metro Chicago Exports and MCEDC can help take those first steps into exporting. 

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Right now, Metro Chicago Exports is offering grants up to $5,000 to small and medium sized companies to help implement an export plan.   

Grant funds can be used to cover a myriad of exporting costs including: interpreter services in foreign markets, participation in group and individual trade missions and related costs and fees, professional customer “matchmaking “ services, participation in U.S. Dept. of Commerce certified trade shows and related costs and fees, international certifications, legal fees associated with intellectual property protection, trademark protection and registration, international credit reports, letter of credit fees, web presence/e-commerce, professional translation of marketing collateral and websites, development of international product marketing campaign, economy class international airfare for one individual including related taxes and fees and more.

The grant application is a no brainer, and MCEDC will help complete the short 2 page application. The grant application deadline is May 26, 2017.   

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If a company has already been exporting to one or two countries, like Canada and Mexico for example, this program can also help find the best countries to expand to and provide assistance as they broaden their reach.

For full information on the program and to follow their roadmap to exporting, visit their website:  http://www.metrochicagoexports.com/ or give us a call.    

Let us know if we can help!

 

 

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Photos from the 25th Anniversary Dinner

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MCEDC 25th Anniversary Dinner - October 12, 2016

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2016 Business Champion Awards Announced

McHenry County, IL – McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2016 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC 25 th Anniversary Dinner on October 12, 2016. Over 450 business leaders attended the event with keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, CEO of Stryker Corporation. The McHenry County Community Foundation (MCCF) presented their first Philanthropist of the Year award to Don and Chris Schellhaass for their dedication to making a difference. They represent the spirt of philanthropy and have given of their time, expertise and experience to many organizations. The evening culminated with the presentation of the 2016 Business Champion Awards.

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Pictured L-R: Keith Wagner, Fabric Molded Plastics – Gary Reece, Heartland Cabinet Supply – Robert Jessup, Jessup Manufacturing – Jill Dinsmore, JA Frate Companies – Michael Eesley, Centegra.

For the past nine years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County. Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “McHenry County is fortunate to have so many exceptional companies who not only have outstanding business expertise, but also give back to our community in so many ways.”

In the category of fewer than 24 employees, Heartland Cabinet Supply of Crystal Lake received the award. Like many others, they faced the many challenges of the economic downturn of 2009 but they faced those challenges by investing in new equipment and in employee training and learning opportunities. They also shifted their customer base focusing more on commercial clients, such as banks, schools and libraries with a product line includes custom cabinets, plastic laminates, solid surface fabrication and architectural millwork. Their residential side of their business offers custom cabinets and countertops. With their 200% growth over the last few years and increased profitability, they are an outstanding business deserving of recognition. Gary Reece, owner accepted the award.

 

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In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, Jessup Manufacturing of McHenry, a family owned company which began in a 2 car garage, received the award. They are now a global manufacturer of adhesive coated and laminated films, no-slip tapes, photo luminescent materials and specialty graphic medias. Founded in 1956 making leather welts for baseball gloves, they celebrated their 60th anniversary this year by initiating a companywide program called 60 ways to make a difference. Thru scholarships, programs at the Workforce Investment Board, promoting manufacturing careers at high schools and volunteering with many organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and the Veterans resource center, Jessup Manufacturing believes in making a difference. Robert Jessup, President and CEO accepted the award.

In the large category of companies that employ 101 to 299 employees, the 2016 Business Champion award was presented to JA Frate Companies of McHenry. President Jill Dinsmore, daughter of the founder Doug Jennings, accepted the award. Since 1971, it has continued to expand and grow creating additional divisions to provide transportation solutions and investing in new equipment and technology. Originally a less-than- truckload motor carrier, JA Frate handled airfreight in a 150 mile radius of O’Hare. They expanded 10 years later to handle all freight (air, ocean, surface) with expedited same day and next day services. In 2001 they began a warehouse and distribution division and in 2011 expanded into international freight forwarding. They have 24 hour accessibility and pride themselves in dependable service. Engaged in our community, it passionately supports our local veterans as well as other nonprofits and sponsors a college scholarship for area students.

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Pictured L-R: Keith Wagner, Fabric Molded Plastics – Gary Reece, Heartland Cabinet Supply – Robert Jessup, Jessup Manufacturing – Jill Dinsmore, JA Frate Companies – Michael Eesley, Centegra.

In the category of over 300 employees, MCEDC presented two awards – one for a privately held business and one for a nonprofit. The first award went to another long time McHenry County company, Fabric Molded Plastics, a 3 rd generation family owned company. Recognized worldwide it is a custom plastic injection and insert molding company. They believe strongly that skill development, training and education is critical to continued success and company growth. Recognizing the innovation and automation that is occurring in manufacturing at a rapid pace, Fabric has developed internship programs for high school and college students, and they participate in the Youth Manufacturing program through the McHenry County Workforce Network. In 2016, they expanded their footprint in the City of McHenry through the acquisition of a new facility they made a significant capital investment in the community which will ultimately increase employment. Keith Wagner, President accepted the award.

The second award in the over 300 category was presented to Centegra Health System. CEO Michael Eesley accepted the award. Centegra began its service in 1914 and since that time, it has continued to grow, expand and innovate. Opening the only 3 rd new hospital approved in Illinois in more than 35 years, the Huntley 128 bed, all private room hospital, includes a Level II trauma Center, 100 medical- surgical beds, eight intensive care unit beds and a 20 bed Family Birth Center. This $230+ million state of the art facility has and will continue to have a major economic impact on our region. Over $150 million was spent locally on 800 constructions jobs which were created in the two years it took to build the facility. More than 50% of the subcontractors were from McHenry, Kane and Lake Counties and more than half of the new hospital’s employee came from locations within the county. An additional $45 million went into southern McHenry County and northern Kane County communities through salaries and the purchase of medical equipment and furnishing. Currently, they are construction an 80,000 square ft. four story medical office building immediately adjacent to its new hospital expanding their healthcare campus even further.

 

MCEDC congratulates all of our business finalists -

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Crystal Lake Brewery, Crystal Lake - DeMarco Industrial Vacuums, Crystal Lake - Rock Solid Builders, Inc., McHenry - Vo-Tech, Crystal Lake - Burnex Corporation, Ringwood - Chas Herdrich & Sons, McHenry - Jensen’s Plumbing & Heating, Woodstock - Miller Formless, McHenry - Rita Corporation, Crystal Lake - Serv-All Die & Tool Company, Crystal Lake - Studio 2015/Dougherty Enterprises, Woodstock - General Kinematics, Crystal Lake - Follett Solutions, McHenry - Heartland Cabinet Supply, Crystal Lake - Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry - JA Frate Companies, McHenry - Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry - and Centegra Health System, Countywide.

 

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Heartland Cabinet Supply, Crystal Lake - Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry - JA Frate Companies, McHenry - Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry - and Centegra Health System, Countywide

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Last Call - Register Now for the 25th Anniversary Dinner

MCEDC STRATEGIC CONNECTIONSLAST CALL! We have a few remaining seats for the Premier Executive Networking Event of the year – the MCEDC Annual Dinner, October 12th, 2016 from 5 to 8:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.

Please join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, hear from our keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, CEO & Chairman of Stryker Corporation and recognize the 2016 Business Champions.

 

To register, click here or call Jean at 815.893.0895.

Deadline October 1, 2016

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McHenry County Economic Development Corporation Announces 2016 Business Champion Nominees

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is proud to announce the nominees for its 2016 Business Champions. In its ninth year, MCEDC recognizes outstanding companies who have made a positive impact on McHenry County’s economy and who are exceptional primary employers. (A primary employer is defined as one creating a product or service that is principally sold outside of a region, thereby generating new money and profits into the region.) Examples include manufacturing, back-office operations, service center, professional services, corporate headquarters distribution facilities and research and development entities to name a few.)

The nominees for the 2016 Business champion exhibit the qualities that make a business champion – strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others. Nominations categories are based on the number of employees, small 24 or less, medium 25 to 100, large over 100 and over 300 employees. Judges are business leaders from outside of the county.

The 2016 nominees are:

Division I – Small – less than 24 employees - Crystal Lake Brewery, Crystal Lake; DeMarco Industrial Vacuums, Crystal Lake; Heartland Cabinet, Crystal Lake; Rock Solid Builders, Inc., McHenry; Vo-Tech, Crystal Lake

Division II – Medium – 25 to 100 employees - Burnex Corporation, Ringwood; Chas. Herdrich & Sons, McHenry; Jensen’s Plumbing & Heating, Woodstock; Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry Miller Formless, McHenry; Rita Corp, Crystal Lake; Serv-All Die & Tool Company, Crystal Lake Studio 2016/Dougherty Enterprises, Woodstock

Division III Large – Over 100 Employees - General Kinematics, Crystal Lake; JA Frate Companies, McHenry – Over 300 Employees - Centegra Health System, Countywide; Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry; and Follett Solutions, McHenry

The 2016 Award winners will be announced at the MCEDC Anniversary Dinner on October 12th, 2016 by the keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, Chairman & CEO, Stryker Corporation. Reservations are required and are being accepted by contacting MCEDC at 815.893.0895 or registering on line at www.mchenrycountyedc.com/contact/online-event-registration.

Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC, commented “McHenry County has many exceptional businesses that support our economy and MCEDC is pleased to recognize their many accomplishments. We look forward to our dinner and the award ceremony on October 12th, 2016.”

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Register Now for the MCEDC Anniversary Dinner!

Registration for the MCEDC Anniversary dinner on October 12th is open!

For easy registration, just click here.

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MTI Career Expo

The Manufacturing Industry & Trades Expo is taking place on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm - 8:00pm.

The location is the McHenry High School East Campus, 1012 N. Green St. In McHenry, IL.

 

View the  Expo Participant Letter or Parent/Student Letter to learn more

 

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Workforce Development Week

Click below to view the Schedule of Events planned for Workforce Development Week
August 29 - September 1, 2016

 

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Register for the Innovation Roundtable on August 24th

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) with our partners at DMDI (Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute) and NIU EIGERlab Innovation Network is hosting an informational innovation roundtable on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 7:30-9 am at our offices at 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake.

Small or mid-sized manufacturers or manufacturing service suppliers will be able to learn more about DMDII; how to create an innovation culture and build an innovation footprint; identify regional mentors, partners and resources through the NIU EIGERlab Innovation Network; hear testimonials and updates on tools, software and expertise available from DMDII.

(DMDII is a federally-funded research and development organization of UI LABS, it encourages factories across America to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies so those factories can become more efficient and cost competitive.)

There is no cost however advanced registration is requested by August 22nd, 2016 contact MCEDC offices at 815.893-0895, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online now.

 

Advanced reservations requested by August 22nd.

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Innovation Roundtable - August 24th

Learn more about the Innovation Culture, Best Practices and DMDII.

RSVP by August 22nd, 2016 - 815.893.0895 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Better Roads Coalition

As part of our 25th Anniversary year, MCEDC recognizes our many Road Warriors and Better Roads Coalition volunteers who successfully advocated for transportation funding for McHenry County. The attached slide shows highlights the march down Rt. 31, the demonstration, the trip to Springfield providing ‘road kill’ lunches and meetings with legislators.

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MCEDC Enhancing Excellence Breakfast Speaker Series - Midwest Economic Update by William A. Strauss

Enhancing Excellence Breakfast Series on April 12th, 2016

 

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Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President (left). Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (right).

 

The first of the 2016 MCEDC Enhancing Excellence Breakfast Speaker Series, featured a Midwest Economic Update by William A. Strauss, CBE a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The well attended event resulted with many attendees requesting access to the presentation. MCEDC is pleased to provide it, please click a link below to download.

 

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'Makers' meeting builds momentum

The third meeting of McHenry County Makers Movement was held on March 7th.  Over 20 entrepreneurs, mentors and potential investors heard from Stan Lynall of the Central Illinois Angels about how they created an angel investment organization.

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We are working our way through the process to determine the type of 'makers' entity we wish to become and the steps necessary for its creation.  If you are interested in learning more and to be kept informed of future planning meetings, please call or email our office.

 

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McHenry County Makers Movement Session Scheduled March 7, 2016

With the outstanding response to the first two sessions, the McHenry County Economic Development Foundation has invited Stan Lynall, CPA to speak at the third ‘MeetUp’ session for Entrepreneurs, Business Mentors and Potential Investors. Mr. Lynall is one of the founders and architects of the Central Illinois Angels (CIA). Central Illinois Angels is a nonprofit membership-based angel investment organization composed of business leaders and professionals in Central Illinois. Over the last seven years, the CIA has invested over $8 million dollars in early stage opportunities. Mr. Lynall will discuss how forming the investment group has led to growth in local business opportunities due to the CIA’s investments in a variety of technological advancements developed by entrepreneurs in the area. He will also be discussing how resources such as the Peoria Nest co-working space and the Bradley University Peoria Next Innovation Center further foster the growth of new technological opportunities in Central Illinois. Al Van Maren, a local McHenry County entrepreneur who visited Peoria, remarked “learning from our friends in Peoria will help us here to better devise a plan and organize what would serve the people of McHenry county best.”

Pam Cumpata, President of McHenry County Economic Development Foundation, encourages “anyone who is interested in being a part of a Maker’s Movement right here in McHenry County should plan to join us on March 7th. We are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors as well as mentors in all areas who are interested in helping grow the opportunities available here in McHenry County.”

Please join us on:

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

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4:30 to 5:00 pm  Networking
5:00 to 6:00 pm Stan Lynall Presentation

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McHenry County Economic Development Foundation
620 Dakota Street – Mental Health Bld (2 story building in rear )
Crystal Lake, IL

Registration is requested call 815.893-0895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, contact Pam Cumpata at 815.893.0895

 

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Summer is a great time for strategic planning and development...take a look at these upcoming events with those goals

July 16th, OPEN HOUSE...McHenry, Winnebago and Boone Counties are collaborating on a new comprehensive economic development strategy that takes a regional view to pursuing growth, creating jobs and strengthening our local economy.

Local residents, business owners, community leaders and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend this community planning event. 

• July 16th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL

• July 22th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Belvidere City Council Chambers, 401 Whitney Blvd, Belvidere IL

• July 23th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at RMAP Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St, Rockford, IL

For more information, contact our office.

August 12th Exporting event - Doing Business with Indonesia...thinking of exporting or expanding your reach...check out this free trade promotion event being held at the McHenry County College Small Business Development Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry from 8 to 10 am.

Why do Business in Indonesia? Abundant natural resources, a young and technically trained work force and a large and growing domestic market, combined with an improving investment climate and a higher global profile are just a few of the many strengths.

 World's 4th Largest Population - 252 M

  • GDP growth rate of 5.8% (2013), with GNI per Capita (PPP) 9,170 USD.
  • With total GDP of 868.3 billion in 2013, Indonesia is largest economy in S.E. Asia
  • 27th largest exporter in the world (WTO)
  • In the Top 10 "most attractive destinations for (FDI)" foreign direct investment (UNCTAS World's Investment Prospect Survey)

 You will also have the chance to learn more about:

  • How to sell your products into Indonesia
  • Sourcing important natural resources for your manufacturing process from Indonesia
  • Purchasing products for distribution into the U.S. Market
  • Update on the upcoming Trade Mission to Indonesia in October 21-25, 2015
  • Buying Mission Program

Click Here to Watch Trade Expo Indonesia Video

 

August 27th  New air service to begin from Rockford to Denver and New York...Rockford's Chicago Rockford International Airport will be serving these cities starting on August 27th with flights on Thursdays, Friday's and Monday's through Elite Airways.  Tickets are now on sale. Call them directly at: 877.393.2510 or click here

September 16th Energy Efficiency EXPO... ComEd is partnering with NICOR, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas to host an Energy Efficiency EXPO at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  This is the 4th EXPO and it promises to be even bigger than ever with more than 1,000 building professionals expected to attend.  The event runs from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and includes all education sessions, access to trade show exhibits, continental breakfast, sit down or box lunch, free parking and an afternoon prize drawing.

The event will feature: • 16 sessions showcasing the latest trends in energy efficiency, presented by leaders in energy and innovation • Provide information on rebates and other incentives to help businesses save energy • Provide businesses with the opportunity to consult with energy and innovation experts

The “early bird” registration fee thru July 31st is $79.  Click here to register.

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We are moving!

As of Monday, April 13th, 2015 our new offices will be located at 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake, IL (Second floor of the Mental Health Building).

Telephone and emails will stay the same.

 

 

 

 

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Transportation & Legislative Committees to meet Friday, April 24th.

The MCEDC Transportation & Infrastructure and Legislative & Government Affairs Committees will be meeting on Friday, April 24th at 8:30 am at our new MCEDC offices at 620 Dakota St. (the 2 story Mental Health Building).

Transportation Committee Chairs Charles Eldredge (Harvard EDC) and Gary Overbay (Civiltech Engineering) and Legislative Committee Chairs Tom Zanck (Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, PC) and Conor Brown (Heartland Realtor Organization) will guide the combined committees as they finalize the Transportation and LegislativeAdvocacy Priorities for 2015. After approval by the MCEDC Board of Directors at their May meeting, the Priorities will posted onthe MCEDC website – www.mchenrycountyedc.com.

For questions, please contact MCEDC at 815.893.0895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Want to know more about MCEDC activities? Go to our website, navigate to the library item CONNECT and the drop down will show several blogs.  To register,  click on the envelope next to any blog item, "subscribe" to on the top right portion of the window.   You will receive an alert when a blog is added to the site.

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MCEDC Hosts Spring Muni Roundtable

MCEDC will be hosting our Spring Municipal Roundtable on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

The agenda includes guest speaker, Tom Hulseman, Managing Director of Metro Chicago Exports (MCE), who will provide an update and how MCE might impact companies in their community.

President Pam Cumpata will give details on one of our exciting initiatives, now underway, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). She will also share the progress of one of our other projects - the CMMC (Chicago Metro Metal Consortium).

Attendees will receive 2013 IMPLAN data for their municipality (IMPLAN is a subscription based economic impact modeling system which we provide to our partners) as well as other demographic information.

The meeting will be held at our new offices located at 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake.

Questions can be directed to Jean Schober at 815.893.0895.  

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Hadley Streng elected to MCEDC Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Hadley Streng, Vice President Strategy and Development at Centegra Health System to our Board of Directors.  Elected at the March 3rd, 2015 Board meeting, Chairman Saladin stated that "as we continue to execute on our mission of creating a positive environment for business growth, Hadley will certainly be an asset.  Her input on our Strategic Plan will be very valuable and she will provide additional perspective and depth to our Board". 

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Congratulations to MCEDC Board of Director Austin

Congratulations to MCEDC Board of Director Peter Austin on being awarded the American Society of Public Administration Donald C. Stone Practitioner Award.

According to the Association, this award recognizes people who have made major contributions toward relationships between various government bodies and between government bodies and non-government agencies such as non-profits and community groups. Click here for the full Northwest Herald Article.

 

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