County Economic Development News - July 2016 Edition

Reprinted from July 19, 2016 email from McHenry County Government Center

McHenry County Economic Development News

July 2016 Edition

On September 23, 2016, McHenry County will be meeting with seven surrounding counties to discuss economic development in the Northeast region of Illinois. This initiative is led by Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle. As a continuation in a series of meetings, this will be the sixth meeting between Chicagoland county leaders and economic development professionals. The meeting will be held at the new Centegra Hospital in Huntley the morning of Friday, September 23.

In current news, the land property previously owned by Motorola has been purchased. The new owner is currently working with the State of Illinois, the City of Harvard, and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). The new owner is intent on putting the facility back in operation. We are pleased with the progress so far, and look forward to an announcement detailing future plans for the property.

Lastly, the General Assembly in Springfield passed a six-month stopgap budget on Thursday, June 30. Transportation construction projects will continue as planned and most government functions will be covered. Albeit a temporary solution, the General Assembly continues to work towards developing a comprehensive, full-year state budget for the future.



Internet Fiber Project

The City of Woodstock and Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 is currently using the Fiber Network. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) completed the installation of fiber along IL Route 14 that will connect the last piece of the network Northern Illinois University (NIU) Fiber Network. The Fiber Consortium Board is in the process of negotiating a deal with a selected vendor to manage and market the fiber. Keep an eye out for future news about new fiber options for businesses in central McHenry County.


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

In accordance with the CEDS, MCEDC presented an economic impact analysis of the 23/90 Interchange to the McHenry County Board, City of Marengo, and IDOT. The analysis is available here. A memorandum of understanding and intergovernmental agreement is being developed and will be forwarded to IDOT.

Here is the link to the CEDS:



Randall Road Project

On July 5th, 2016, McHenry County Board passed a resolution to approve the appropriation of additional funds for Right-of-Way purposes for the Randall Road Project, which focuses on the Randall/Algonquin intersection. The required land acquisition will continue into 2017, with Segment 1 construction predicted to begin in November 2017*.

For more information and updates, please visit:
*Dates subject to change.



CMAP Fox River Corridor Study

The McHenry County stretch of the Fox River is one of the most-used inland recreational waterways per acre in the United States. Due to the lack of planning and coordination for jurisdictions along the river, the Fox River Corridor Study will help governments, agencies, and residents recognize the river as a major underutilized resource. The study, modeled after a recently completed study of the Fox River Corridor from Carpentersville to Algonquin, will include the river corridor north of Algonquin to the Burton's Bridge area. This will provide participating entities with a forum to coordinate efforts and plan for future uses on and along the river. Emphasis will be placed on connections between communities, trails, economic development, tourism, water quality, and the health of residents.

A Resolution authorizing an intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for local technical assistance services will move forward to the County Board for a vote on July 19th. The Local Technical Assistance services will aid in the development of the Fox River Corridor study.



Economic Incentives Program

#1 Harvard/Woodstock Enterprise Zone
Currently, there are five active projects that are receiving incentives for relocating or expanding within the Zone, including: sales tax deduction on building materials, property tax abatement, investment tax credit, and more. The committee met last Friday, July 15th and we are excited to announce Precision Vision relocated its manufacturing facility to Woodstock!

The committee is happy with the progress thus far on the former Motorola campus in Harvard. Engineers are currently evaluating mechanical systems and the revival of the site is predicted to create substantial employment opportunities.

A new website is in development for the Enterprise Zone which will highlight economic incentives offered by the Zone and feature convenient, online application forms. Stay tuned for updates.

As evident by the multitude of projects, the Zone is active and growing. Three applications have been approved with more coming in. Interest is being generated and current projects are experiencing positive benefits from being in the Zone. The next Enterprise Zone meeting has been scheduled for the morning of Friday, October 21. For more information about the Enterprise Zone Program, please contact the Zone Administrator Charles Eldredge at (779) 302-8533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

#2 McHenry County Economic Development and Business Incentive Plan
To recruit and retain local business, the County developed an economic impact evaluation guide. The Plan is designed to reduce the tax burden for new and expanding business, contingent upon its level of contribution to the local economy. The criterion considers job creation and retention, capital investment, and support for industry clusters. The Plan is available here.

#3 Revolving Loan Fund
McHenry County has funding available to lend through its McHenry County Revolving Loan Fund (MCRLF). The MCRLF serves as an economic development program designed to support business growth and job creation within McHenry County. The MCRLF is intended to provide an affordable source of financing to businesses located or to be located in McHenry County that can be used in conjunction with or in place of traditional commercial or SBA loans. The program is not intended to compete with commercial financing options but rather offer a secondary financing source to help defer lending risk or provide an alternative source of financing for higher risk businesses. For more information on the MCRLF, please contact Scott Hartman, Deputy County Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (815) 334-4924.

For additional comments or questions, please contact:

Peter Austin
County Administrator
McHenry County Government Center
2200 North Seminary Ave.
Woodstock IL 60098
(815) 334-4000

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