McHenry County EDC News

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.

Exporting to a Europe in Turmoil: Practical Strategies for Tough Times

Topic: Exporting to a Europe in Turmoil: Practical Strategies for Tough Times

Date: August 15, 2012
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Rosewood Restaurant, 9421 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL

Members & clients of sponsoring organizations - $50; Non-members - $65.
For information & registration, please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special luncheon program and panel discussion sponsored by the: Illinois District Export Council; International Trade Association of Greater Chicago; U.S. Commercial Service Chicago. 

Panelists include: Richard J. Beranek, President, Miner Elastomer Products Corporation; Bernie V. Bowersock, Senior Vice President, Global Specialty Solutions; Jeffrey A. Dziura, Vice President – International, NewMedical Technology; Scott Kotvis, Director, Global Business Development, Daubert Cromwell; William A. Strauss (Moderator), Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Exporting to Europe - download pdf brochure

No-cost Employee Assessments for Area Businesses

McHenry County Workforce Investment Board partners with McHenry County College to offer no-cost employee assessments to area businesses


Many of us are familiar with ACT, widely known for College testing, but do you know that ACT offers assessments that can impact your workplace in a very positive way?  The newly expanded National Career Readiness Certificate – Plus is a comprehensive, evidence-based solution to help you meet the rapidly evolving workforce needs of our new economy.

To experience firsthand how NCRC Plus can assist in your recruitment and staff development needs, ACT is offering at no-cost (to you or your business) the NCRC Plus testing to interested McHenry County employers.  Your business may be eligible to have 10 – 20 of your employees receive the free assessments that will be scheduled to best accommodate your needs.

See the attached flyer for further details, and we encourage you to contact us for more information about this limited opportunity to see how NCRC Plus gives you a new tool for staffing success!

Please contact Jeffery Poynter, Director, McHenry County Workforce Investment Board, at 815 338-2437, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nancy Bollman, Workforce Services Coordinator, McHenry County College, at 815 455-8598, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Lunch Program Event: What Happened in Springfield?

Lunch Program Event: What Happened in Springfield?

Speakers: State Representative Michael W. Tryon and State Representative Elaine Nekritz
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Noon
Location: The University Club, Chicago, Illinois


Should this past legislative session get a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”? What was accomplished concerning state budget, revenue, current and future pension issues, payment of outstanding bills owed by the State of Illinois?

How did the Legislature accomplish significant Medicaid reforms? Does this stabilize the State’s health care system? Does it have any impact on governmental and private sector retirees?

Were plastic bags and wrap really an issue? Gambling expansion and cigarette tax?

And what are the major open items for summer or veto sessions or after the election?

Republican Representative in the 64th District, Michael W. Tryon, was first elected to the Illinois House in November, 2004. He currently serves on the Mass Transit, Healthcare Availability Access, Least Cost Power Procurement, Environment and Energy, Local Government and the Smart Growth and Regional Planning Committees of the State Legislature. Former President of the McHenry County Board, he is a Principal in an environmental testing lab.

State Representative Elaine Nekritz (Democrat) is serving her fifth term in the State House. She is Chair of the Personnel and Pension, Judicial One – Civil Law and Special Investigating Committees, she is Vice-Chair of the Pension Investment Committee and she is a Committee member of Transportation, Regulation, Roads, Environmental Health, Housing and Property Sub-Committee and Railroad and Air Transportation Sub-Committee.


Cosponsored by the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, the luncheon is at noon at the University Club, 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603. The cost of the lunch and program is $48 for EDC and MCEDC members and $65 for non-members. There is no charge for EDC Corporate and Sustaining Members.

Reservations are mandatory and can be made by visiting the EDC website,, or by calling the EDC at (773) 279-8787.

Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit

$2500 Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit.

Beginning July 1, 2012; Eligible wage $10/hr; PEO's now eligible.

Learn more at



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