DeKALB – The DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. soon will have a new address, as it’s slated to relocate to 2179 Sycamore Road, across from Lowe’s, by early May.
Paul Borek, DCEDC executive director, who’s been with the organization since 2008, said the new location, in the Brookview Terrace building next to Blue Line Driving School and DeKalb Montessori, is a prime spot for access to both DeKalb and Sycamore residents, with optimal distance from Interstate-88, as well as Route 23. The organization will be moving from its current location at 421 N. California St., Suite 200, in Sycamore.
“We’re excited about the new location because it will offer us a visible commercial presence,” Borek said Monday.
He announced the impending location change at the DCEDC’s Economic Outlook Luncheon on Thursday.
“The location is centrally located, and accessible to the entire county,” Borek said. “So we’re able to be visible and reach all of our markets and key partners.”
The new 2,800-square-foot space will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and also have ample public meeting space, Borek said. The space will include offices for the two full-time employees, one part-time employee, and two interns who make up the DCEDC staff.
The DCEDC serves as an economic development advocate for countywide businesses, and is in the middle of implementing its strategic plan, called the DeKalb County Thriving! Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The plan’s goal is to attract investment, expand the economy and create jobs in DeKalb County, according to the DCEDC website.
It was created in 2018, and the relocation is part of the plan, Borek said.
“The most important part [of the relocation], is that it includes ample meeting space to accommodate the meetings of our business community and institution leaders,” Borek said. “They convene to guide the DCEDC operations and create and execute action plans for our CEDS.”
As part of the DCEDC’s ongoing efforts to support growing businesses in the county, and expand the workforce and talent pipelines, the comprehensive economic plan has been assigned to five different committees, Borek said.
“Sixty leaders are working on five working groups and committees to ensure we have the five areas of our strategic planning covered,” Borek said.
The strategic plan includes creating a talent pipeline to meet the needs of employers; identifying and supporting target industries to grow DeKalb County’s economy, improving and contributing to the business climate to support local expansion and attraction, working on branding the county to put DeKalb on the map and collaborating with countywide partners, Borek said.
“We’re working to differentiate ourselves from the regional, national and global marketplace to contribute to our economy an institution like Northern Illinois University, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and strong business sectors,” Borek said.
As part of DCEDC’s preparation for its relocation, Borek and his team are implementing a special fundraising season, called the Plus 10% Fundraising Campaign.
“We’re asking our members and nonmembers to support us in our relocation,” Borek said.
The DCEDC will be asking their local supporters to donate an extra 10% beyond their normal donation, for a one-time, step-up to help provide for moving costs.