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Borek: Business and industry hiring survey extended

The DeKalb County Economic Development Corp.’s online Industry Hiring Survey is being extended to July 19. We are so pleased with the response to date and want to be sure to include input from all types of business and employers.

The Industry Hiring Survey is an initiative of the Talent Pipeline Subcommittee of the DeKalb County Thriving! Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The subcommittee is charged with implementing Goal 1 of the CEDS Plan: Ensure that DeKalb County has a talent pipeline that meets the needs of workers and employers.

The subcommittee is working vigorously to identify workforce challenges and opportunities in our market to create a talent pipeline management initiative that puts employers in the role of “end customers” of education and workforce partnerships.

At the beginning of June, the DCEDC launched the countywide online survey for business hiring needs. By reaching out to most companies of the county with emails and survey links, the effort is expected to quantify the talent supply and define the demand for critical industry occupations and sectors. Every firm’s input will be needed and valued to help the DCEDC better address the local business hiring needs.

To take the survey, interested businesses and industries can click the link at www.dcedc.org: DeKalb County Industry Hiring Needs Survey. Feel free to call the DCEDC at 815-895-2711 with comments or questions, or email Yiwei Jin, graduate research assistant at yjin@dcedc.org or Paul Borek, executive director, at borek@dcedc.org.

As a token of appreciation for participating in this valuable survey, the DCEDC will conduct a drawing after the survey window closes for one person to receive a complimentary reservation to attend the 2019 DCEDC annual dinner and State of the County event in the fall. The value of the reservation is $125. The information provided will be kept confidential.

CEDS Action Plan update

The Business Climate Subcommittee conducted an economic development boot camp to familiarize community leaders throughout the county with the industrial site selection process. The boot camp included presentations from Intersect Illinois, site selectors, developers and utilities. Also, the DeKalb County Information Management Office recently previewed new geographic information system software to support economic development within municipalities. The system can easily illustrate information and data, such as zoning, infrastructure and property taxes, for use by municipal officials in working with businesses and developers.

The Target Industries Subcommittee is reviewing the DCEDC marketing materials and processes, including brochures, case studies and marketing channels to maximize the ability to reach target industry audiences. CEDS target industry sectors include creative economy industries; consumer and electronic products manufacturing; fabricated metal products manufacturing; food processing, health care, machinery manufacturing; research, development and information technology and transportation, distribution and logistics.

The Countywide Economic Development Collaboration Subcommittee is working to identify and support champions in communities throughout the county to promote economic development. The Branding DeKalb County Subcommittee is fine-tuning efforts to identify and promote a brand identify that distinguishes DeKalb County’s assets and resources.

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

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