MCEDC Solar Energy Event

MCEDC’s Solar Energy Forum with over 72 attendees heard presentations from MCEDC’s Solar Partners.

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Left to Right: John Buffington, SOL America Scott Vogt, Com Ed Ben Adamich, Geronimo Energy Jon Carson, Trajectory Energy Partners Jim McConoughey, MCEDC Interim President


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Northwest Herald Publishes Article About MCEDC Leader

The Northwest Herald published an article on November 26, 2017 about MCEDC's longtime leader, Pam Cumpata.
Link to the article "Longtime McHenry County Economic Development Corp. leader lifted area's profile" written by Brett Rowland


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The work Pam Cumpata did to raise the profile of McHenry County, encourage workforce development and forge lasting partnerships won’t soon be forgotten, local leaders said.

Cumpata, 54, served as president of the nonprofit McHenry County Economic Development Corp. for eight years. During that time, she helped primary employers in many ways.


“As a business operating in five locations, four of which are outside McHenry County, we have interacted with many economic development teams, [and] none we have dealt with have been as proactive, professional and involved in building the business community as Pam,” said John Cain, CEO and board chairman of Scot Forge. “Her approach ranged from helping businesses expand, as she did for us four times, to getting literally thousands of McHenry County high school students to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago while connecting business and McHenry Community College with the concept so our local students could dream about how their careers could start and flourish right here at home.

“She could always see the bigger picture – she understood if business was to thrive here, the talent pool had to be built. We and many other growing businesses here and [in] McHenry have benefited from her vision.”

Cumpata joined MCEDC in July 2009, a time when many local businesses were struggling to figure out how to cope with the effects of the Great Recession.

“The economy across the country was at an all-time low,” she said. “A lot of people were just trying to keep the lights on.”

Cumpata has a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago and attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2005 to 2006, participating in the Women’s Senior Leadership Program. When she started at the MCEDC, she found that the organization had strayed from its mission and worked to get it back on target.

She frequently asked, “Why are we doing this?” and worked with the organization’s board to refocus on business retention and look at what the county needed to grow. At a time when few businesses were moving or expanding, she started a business visitation program to get to know and better figure out how to help primary employers throughout the county.

These one-on-one meetings with local executives made it clear that the county needed to better prepare both the young and old for the rapid technological advancements in manufacturing – a sector that accounts for nearly a third of the area’s gross domestic product and 13 percent of the county’s jobs, according to the 2017 fall labor report.

“McHenry County had a solid manufacturing base, but a lot of companies were struggling to find skilled workers,” Cumpata said.

Cumpata worked with local high schools and businesses to help bring more attention to manufacturing careers. That included getting coach buses to take 800 students to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. Cumpata insisted on coach buses rather than school buses for the event.

“I wanted those students to feel special, that this wasn’t just a normal school function,” she said. “And when those kids got off the bus, they stood taller. The students and teachers were just amazed.”

The buses – and show itself – reinforced a concept that MCEDC has been working to highlight for years: The manufacturing industry is changing, and so are manufacturing careers. The industry as a whole has been working to change the perception of manufacturing work from dirty jobs with little or no skill required to technological jobs that required skilled employees.

The first year MCEDC organized the trip to the show, 800 students attended. The next year, 1,200 local students went. By the third year, 3,200 students went to the show.

Those programs have continued in the years since, with local schools and other organizations developing similar programs that highlight manufacturing careers.

“It brought educators and business leaders together,” Cumpata said. “They saw the value in what we were doing.”

Cumpata also helped build partnership with other economic development and manufacturing groups throughout the region, including with organizations in Rockford, Chicago and Milwaukee.

She pushed for infrastructure improvements that would help area businesses stay at the forefront of emerging technology, including a fiber-optics communication network.

Cumpata’s work to raise the visibility of McHenry County as a place to do business was one of her crowning achievements, said state Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry. Althoff said Cumpata had been a dynamic leader and champion for the county and its businesses.

“It will take a special person to fill her shoes,” Althoff said.

Jean Schober, vice president of the McHenry County Economic Development Corp., said Cumpata’s passion for the job quickly distinguished her. Cumpata earned a reputation as a bulldog for her dogged approach to helping local businesses, Schober said.

In addition to passion, Cumpata brought an ability to “think way outside of the box” and bring together groups to support common causes, Schober said.

Cumpata took a job as senior vice president with Blackhawk Bank in September. Leaving her MCEDC post wasn’t an easy decision, she said.

“It was terrible,” Cumpata said.

She said the challenge Blackhawk offered of building something new along with her conviction that the MCEDC was on the right path made the decision to move on somewhat easier.

Cumpata is optimistic about the future of the MCEDC and McHenry County.

“McHenry County needs to continue to be visible in regional projects,” she said.

McHenry County also would benefit from the kind of co-working spaces that have helped entrepreneurs and startups in other places.

“McHenry County still has so many things we should be proud of,” Cumpata said. “We have to think positive.”

The MCEDC board is searching for a new president and hopes to select a leader before the end of the year, MCEDC board Chairman Mark Saladin said.

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2017 Annual Meeting of Investors - December 12th.

The Annual Meeting of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation Investors  

will take place on:

Date:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017  

Time:  3:30 pm - meeting to be followed by networking 

Location:   MCEDC Offices - 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake (Mental Health Building - park & enter in the rear - 2 story building) 

A.   Overview of 2017


B.    Appreciation of Retiring Board of Directors

Jamie Maravich, BMO Harris Bank 

David Hubbard, Exemplar Financial

 C.   Election of Board of Directors 2018 - 2020

 Candidates for Full First Term nomination 
Jim Ringness, Shaw Media
Keith Hogan, Crystal Lake Bank & Trust 


   Candidates for Second Term nomination

Sharmella Harris, Scot Forge

D.   A look ahead to 2018



Please RSVP. Register online or call the MCEDC office at 815.893.0895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 8th.

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2017 Business Champion Awards Nomination/Applications Are Now Open

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is accepting nominations for the 2017 Business Champion Awards.   In its tenth 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 the 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 or service centers, professional services,  corporate headquarters, distribution facilities and research and development to name a few.) 

Business Champions are typically companies with strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others.   They may be a corporate park neighbor, a supplier or customer that you find exceptional or you may be an employee who feels your employer provides a great work environment or goes the extra mile to help the employees.   As a CEO or a member of the executive team of a company that is proud of recent expansion, acquisition, special project or growth, your self-nominations would also be welcomed. Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Business Champion Awards until September 25, 2017

All nominees are introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.  The 2017 Business Champions will be announced at the dinner and presented with their awards by our keynote speaker, Diane Hendricks, Chairman ABC Supply, an accomplished business leader with a wealth of experience as a business owner, an entrepreneur, an investor, visionary, developer, philanthropist and civic leader.

Nominations categories are based on the number of employees - small -24 or less, medium – 25 to 100, large - over 100, as well as a special category for those companies who have over 300 employees.    Judges are business leaders from outside of the county. 

Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President stated “MCEDC’s  previous Business Champions - Heartland Cabinet Supply, Jessup Manufacturing, JA Frate Companies, Centegra Health System & Fabrik Molded Plastics in 2016; Cideas, Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, Marix4, Home State Bank, Intren and Sage Products in 2015; Radicom, Tegel Design,  Mac Automation, Metalmaster Roofmaster, Claussen Pickles and Charter DuraBar in 2014, Phoenix Woodworking, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien in 2013; Chroma Corporation, All-Rite Spring, Impact Plastics in 2012;  Other World Computing, Dordan Manufacturing, Joule Technologies in 2011; Scot Forge, Jan Air, Astro Craft in 2010;   Medela, Millennium Electronics, Stan’s Office Technologies in 2009;  Pioneer Center for Human Services, Prairie Ridge Media/McHenry County Living, & New Concepts Development Corporation/Other World Computing in 2008 are all exceptional primary employers and valuable corporate citizens. We look forward to adding to this prestigious list of McHenry County employers”. 

The deadline for submitting Business Champion nominations is September 25, 2017.  Additional information and forms are available on the MCEDC website home page – or by contacting the MCEDC office at 815.893-0895.   


Nominate a Business Champion - 2017

MCEDC is accepting nominations/applications for the 2017 Business Champion Awards.
Deadline is September 25, 2017. Click a link below to download. 





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2017 MTI Career Expo

The Manufacturing, Trades & Industry Expo takes place on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00 pm - 8:00pm.

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



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For additional information about this event (participate or attend):

Carl D. Vallianatos, Ed.S.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

McHenry High School District #156

4716 W. Crystal Lake Road

(815) 759-2261




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MCEDC Presidential Search

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, a private/public non-profit, is seeking a dynamic, results oriented individual to lead economic development in McHenry County, Illinois.  This visionary leader must possess strong financial and political acumen, exceptional written and verbal communication skills and possess a proven track record of formulating and executing strategic plans, building consensus and growing the impact of an organization.

Key leadership activities of this role include, but are not limited to: overall budget and revenue generation responsibilities, active leadership on initiatives to expand the regional tax base, initiating and collaborating on programs that strengthen the quality and quantity of workforce and providing connections and insights that promote business development and retain existing businesses.  This innovative leader will work in collaborative partnership with business and community leaders, governmental officials and numerous local and regional allies as the economic development representative for McHenry County.

Interested applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree, preferred to be in business, economics, finance, real estate, urban regional planning or related field and have a minimum of five years of mid to senior level management experience.  Strong leadership expertise and exceptional communication and people skills are required.  Volunteer management/board experience and intimate knowledge of McHenry County and the State of Illinois are highly preferred. Advanced degrees - MBA and CEcD a plus.

Interested candidates should submit resume and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.   

April Muni Roundtable Pam

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: or give us a call.    

Let us know if we can help!



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Photos from the 25th Anniversary Dinner


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.

Business Champions 2016

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.




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 -


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.


And our 2016 Business Champions -


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

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


WFDW Schedule

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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

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

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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