Your McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is celebrating our 25th anniversary. On Thursday May 19th, over 50 current and former board members reconnected with a celebration at Three Oaks Recreation Area. In preparation for celebrating 25 years of an organization, I read through 25 years of annual reports, but nothing can replace the stories and live history shared by former board members.
Pictured, Jamie Maravich
Pictured, Attendees gathered during presentation
(Pictured L-R) Charie Zanck, David Strahl, Kit Carstens, Ken Koehler
(Pictured L-R) Lisa Messina, Lyn Orphal, Sue Dobbe
Originally created by business leaders to provide nimble and responsible economic development services, we still pride ourselves today in being the ‘go to’ organization. Our mission of retention, expansion and attraction is as vital in today’s economy than it was 25 years ago.
Retention - With our robust business visitation program, we are in touch with our diverse business community and can provide them with assistance and support, be it demographics, workforce, legislative advocacy, supply chain referrals, financing options and much more.
Expansion - As I have mentioned in the past, expansion is key to a vibrant economy since 80% of new businesses are born out of existing businesses. One of the results of our business visitation program is that we are top of mind when a business is thinking of expanding and we are there to provide assistance and help them along the way.
Attraction - MCEDC’s attraction efforts are multi-faceted, we continually work to raise the visibility of McHenry County both in the US as well as globally and are proud to have the ‘first in Illinois’ certified sites website for those considering relocation. The more businesses that call McHenry County home, the more diverse the tax base.
(Pictured L-R) Brad Heldt, Michelle Rentzsch, Mark Saladin
As our current and former Board of Directors recalled highlights, challenges and the many successes of the organization, we recognize that the foundation building that began 25 years ago is continuing to bear fruit in 2016.
From championing transportation and infrastructure developments including our sentinel project the Algonquin Bypass; creating a ‘one voice’ concept to secure transportation funding; supporting the growing training needs of our workforce through such programs as the Welding Bootcamp, targeted manufacturing training at MCC and partnering with the Workforce Investment Board; creating a dedicated Manufacturing Directory to improve supply chain sales; providing youth career education opportunities thru our Careers in our County events and the high school trips to the International Manufacturing Technology show; creating Manufacturing Matchmaking events, planners charrettes, municipal economic development roundtables, business forums and more, we have connected and impacted the growth of this County.
(Pictured L-R) Sandra Pierce, Dan Curran, Bob Blazier
(Pictured L-R) Jim Thorpe, Bob Berry, Tom Zanck
Often our services are behind the scenes and confidential, but know we are there connecting businesses, championing business causes through advocacy efforts, partnering with local, regional and national entities, and working to bring business such as Medela & Corporate Disk to McHenry County.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our many investor/members for their support over the past 25 years and to tell their over 15,000 employees, McHenry County businesses as well as the residents, that MCEDC will continue to be their advocate, their “Go To” organization and the voice of business as we impact and shape our economy in the future.
Visit www.mcedc.com for updates and information on the business environment.