McHenry County EDC News

Northwest Herald Article: Tech show 'an eye opener' for students

Northwest Herald published an article about local students attendance at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. These McHenry County high school students were sponsored by the EDC, Scot Forge, Sage Products and Wells Manufacturing.


Read the full article 'Tech show 'an eye opener' for students' here - Northwest Herald Article: Tech show 'an eye opener' for students

September Successes


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Fifteen buses, 9 high schools and 844 students later, we can say, based on student and teacher responses and thank you notes, that the MCEDC effort to bring our McHenry County high school students to the Illinois Technology Manufacturing Show in Chicago was a success. 


Our goal was to create an understanding of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and to create an appetite for manufacturing careers.  Many wrote that they now how an interest in manufacturing, commented on the high tech machines and the variety of products created. 


To set the stage for the day, MCEDC created a video which was shown on the buses as they traveled to Chicago.  The video, is on our website (click here) featured Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar, and showcased some of our manufacturers. 


Thanks to our partners for supporting this effort financially - Scot Forge, Sage Products & Wells Manufacturing.  We appreciate the access provided to us by our video partners -  Astro Craft, Inc., Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC, Chroma Corporation, Corporate Disk Company, Knaack Manufacturing, PEP Wauconda Tool, Sage Products, Scot Forge, and WM Plastics, Inc.    We also want to thank JA Frate & Scot Forge for mentoring students on the buses.


The Algonquin Western Bypass Groundbreaking took place on September 17th, 2012 with over 100 leaders in attendance.

This was the founding project of the MCEDC 21 years ago.  It took perseverance, collaboration, cooperation and the efforts of many, many people to bring it to fruition.

Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board, welcomed everyone and provided history of the project. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Don Manzullo, Senator Pam Althoff, Village of Algonquin President John Schmitt, County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider spoke at the event. The late Bill Dwyer, MCEDC Transportation Committee member and leader of the McHenry County Road Warriors was remembered and recognized for his leadership.  His widow, Joyce Dwyer was introduced and participated in the groundbreaking.  To see a video of the event, please click here. 

Another infrastructure project which MCEDC has been spearheading relates to broadband and connectivity.  The Illinois Century Network received a $96 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to bring high speed fiber to Illinois' Community Colleges.  The original route submitted for McHenry County College proved to not be viable.  In January 2012, the ICN group met with representatives from MCEDC, McHenry County government, municipalities, and MCC to discuss alternative routes.  During the next few months, there were many additional meetings, emails, conference calls and efforts to ensure that the route to MCC would be included in the project.   

On Tuesday, September 11, we received a call confirming that an amended route has been approved and the project will move into the construction division to schedule construction of the route.   This is great news for MCC and McHenry County.  On September 27th, the  Broadband Group will meet again to discuss additional opportunities this fiber route presents for increased speed, redundancy, disaster recovery operations, etc.
The ICN representatives are extremely pleased that McHenry County is thinking about additional function, benefits and opportunities this project will present, which was the basis for this grant from the beginning.  Success again because of cooperation, collaboration and consistency of direction.

Be on the lookout for the 2012 Economic Census forms from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Selected companies will receive forms in October, but most will get them in December.  Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census "indispensable to understanding America's economy." Taken every five years, the Economic Census "assures the accuracy of the statistics we rely on for sound economic policy and for successful business planning," said Bernanke. 




Algonquin Western ByPass Groundbreaking

The Algonquin Western ByPass Groundbreaking took place today, September 17th, 2012 with over 100 leaders in attendance.

This project was the founding project of the MCEDC 21 years ago.  It took perseverance, collaboration, cooperation and the efforts of many, many people to bring it to fruition.

Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board, welcomed everyone and provided history of the project. He also introduced the speakers of this morning event - Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Don Manzullo, Senator Pam Althoff, Village of Algonquin President John Schmitt, County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and IDO Secretary Ann Schneider.  Enjoy  the video and the view onto the site.


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Pictures and Video Produced By Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

MCEDC takes high school students to learn about careers in Manufacturing!

The first group out of a total of 15 chartered buses left this morning for the International Manufacturing & Technology show in Chicago.  There will be over 844 students from McHenry County visiting the show to learn more about manufacturing and potential careers.  Off today was Johnsburg, Richmond Burton, Woodstock & McHenry high schools.

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Congratulations on a great collaborative effort on the I 90 /Rt. 47 full interchange!

Congratulations to the Village of Huntley, the counties of McHenry and Kane, IDOT and the Illinois Tollway on working together to create jobs and economic development opportunities.

Over 100 leaders from throughout the county as well as MCEDC President Pam Cumpata  were on hand to welcome Govenor Quinn to the job site.  With the earth moving equipment in full swing, speaker after speaker complimented the collaboritive efforts of all the partners to make this interchange a realty.



Annual MCEDC Legislative Breakfast

Over 100 business leaders attended the Annual MCEDC legislative breakfast held ‘under the stars’ at The Raue Center for the Arts in downtown Crystal Lake.

Congressman Don Manzullo and Congressman Randy Hultgren discussed activities at the Federal level including the transportation bill, and State Senators Althoff and Duffy and Representative Gaffney discussed state issues.


Photography By Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

NEW DATE - MOVED UP TO 9/17 Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Algonquin Western Bypass

After 21 years of aggressive outreach supporting transportation improvement efforts, many trips to Springfield and Washington DC, hundreds of meetings with legislators and even a road rally, we are proud to invite you to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Algonquin Western Bypass.

NEW DATE: Algonquin Western Bypass Groundbreaking, MONDAY, September 17, 2012 - Click to register.


MCEDC to Host Four hundred Students at International Manufacturing Technology Show

Four hundred area high school students have signed on to attend the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The trip, during the week of Sept. 10-15, is being hosted by the McHenry County Economic Development Corp. According to the MCEDC, more than 25 percent of McHenry County’s economic wealth is created by the manufacturing community.

“Not only is this vital sector of our economy experiencing difficulty hiring skilled workers today, but statistics show that our current skilled workforce will be retiring in the near future,” said MCEDC President Pam Cumpata.


Read the full article:

Northwest Herald article - Cashman: Manpower shortage in manufacturing
Created: Sunday, August 12, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT


Loyola University's Harvest Festival 2012 in Woodstock, IL

Plan to attend the Harvest Festival 2012 on Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 12 - 5:00 p.m.

Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

[Map and contact information]

Harvest Festival celebrates this year's harvest and provides the community with an opportunity to learn more about Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus. Other highlights include food prepared by Chef Scott Cummings, live music, a local beer and wine tent, and a farmer's market. The celebration is open to neighbors, alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

No entrance fee. RSVP required. Visit to register and consider making a donation.

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