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On Oct. 16, DeKalb County Economic Develop

On Oct. 16, DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. held its 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner and State of the County Celebration at Northern Illinois University’s Duke Ellington Ballroom. 

The celebration was attended by more than 350 business and community leaders. DCEDC extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone that contributed to this successful event.

We would like to express our appreciation to Kay Robinson and Greg Millburg who served as co-chairs of the anniversary dinner committee. Their inspirational support empowered staff to enhance the event and its amenities to a level appropriate to such a milestone anniversary. We would like to extend a special thank you to Karen Hoyle who orchestrated the planning, coordination and execution of the evening and to Tana Knetsch for lending her creativity, energy and resolve to make this event more exciting and more memorable. Thank you to DCEDC board members for reaching out to vendors, friends and business contacts in support of this celebration. 

Thank you to President Don Bricker, and Executive Committee members Ray Bockman and Doug Dashner for their elegant words about DCEDC and its successful journey over the past 25 years. Special thanks to keynote speaker Hal Sirkin, senior partner in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group, who captivated the audience with his insight on the emerging trend of manufacturing returning to the U.S. from China and other countries.

DCEDC thanks the following sponsors.

Special event sponsors: Commonwealth Edison, NorthStar Packing LLC and Waste Management of Illinois.

Event sponsors: American Midwest Bank, city of Sycamore, Crum Halsted Agency Inc., Curran Contracting Co., Daily Chronicle, Edward Jones Investments-Matt Myre, Elmer Larson Inc., First State Bank, Krusinski Construction Co., Monsanto, MorningStar Media Group Ltd., Nicor Gas, NIU, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Sonoco Protective Solutions, Superior Diesel Inc., Sycamore Industrial Park Associates, Target Distribution Center, Tate & Lyle, Wendler Engineering and KantorLee LLC.

Exhibitors: Castle Bank, DeKalb Fiber Optic, DeKalb & Sycamore Area Transportation Study, ENCAP Inc., HR Green Inc., Ideal Industries/SK Hand Tool, Kish Career Link, KishHealth System, Larson & Darby Group, Missman Inc., Spex Expressions High Definition Vision Center, TBC Net Inc., NB&T, Trotter & Associates and Venture One Real Estate LLC.

In-Kind Sponsors for Decorations and Music: Blumen Gardens, Hy-Vee, KishHealth Foundation, Sycamore High School Orchestra members Owen Ruff, Danielle Pivonka, Allyssa Gregorec, Paige Phelps and Lydia Moore, directed by Ken Tonaki.

Promotional sponsors: American Midwest Bank, B95-WDKB, DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Genoa Chamber of Commerce, Resource Bank, Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, WLBK 1360 AM, WNIU/WNIJ.

Annual Dinner Committee Members: Beth Bollinger, Cohen Barnes, Ray Bockman, Bob Boey, Jim Briscoe, Doug Dashner, Dale Hoekstra, Roger Hopkins, Tana Knetsch, Ken Mundy, Jerry Smith, Rose Treml and Jerry Wahlstrom.

High School Student Sponsors: American Midwest Bank, Curran Contracting Co. and the NB&T of Sycamore.

Special thanks to DCEDC staff Vivian Spinoso and Ben Peterson for their outstanding efforts handling registration and promotional materials and to the staff at NIU for their professionalism and the excellent service provided for this event.

Most of all, thanks to all DCEDC members for supporting our public/private economic development partnership for the past quarter century. Their contributions have helped expand the DeKalb County economy, increase the industrial tax base and create thousands of jobs for our residents.

• Paul Borek is executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.

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