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DeKalb County will officially open business incubator

Board will meet today as its summer break concludes

DeKALB – A host of congressional and state officials will join with DeKalb County staff and board members today to cut the ribbon on and officially open the county’s first government-run business incubator.

“I’m excited. I just can’t believe how fast this all is moving,” said Mary Supple, the county’s economic development coordinator and manager of the new incubator.

The idea for the space, located inside the Community Outreach Building in the county health complex, was born at the beginning of the year. It developed from scratch over the course of several County Board Economic Development Committee meetings. At today’s 5 p.m. ceremony, the committee’s chairman, Bob Brown, is scheduled to be among the officials to deliver remarks.

Others expected to speak include U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, state Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski,D-District 3.

Supple said a representative from U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s office, R-Channahon, as well as from the the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are also expected to attend.

The incubator includes 15 offices and 27 cubicles for rent. Currently, there are four tenants in the space and the county is accepting applications on a rolling basis for more.

After the ribbon-cutting event, the County Board will convene its first full-membership meeting after being on hiatus the month of July, at 7 p.m. in the Gathertorium at the Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore. The night’s agenda includes consideration of a Sandwich couple’s special-use permit application to open a dog day care.

Additionally, board members are scheduled to vote on several appointments, including Kevin Hickey as interim planning and zoning director, to replace Paul Miller, the current director whose last day will be Aug. 31. Also, board members could decide whether to allow Jo Ellen Charlton to finish out the final 21/2 years of DeKalb City Planner Derek Hiland’s term on the regional plan commission.

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