Harvard Dog Treat Company Expanding

The Harvard Economic Development reports that Harvest Ovens will undergo a major expansion. “Pedigree Ovens manufactures private label all-natural gourmet pet treats in a human-grade environment and distributes  them to companies and consumers across North America through its Harvard-based sales operation, The Pound Bakery,” its … Continue reading

County Seeks “One Voice” Approach to Economic Development

A press release from McHenry County: McHenry County Hosts Economic Development Summit On Friday, February 19, 2016 McHenry County hosted an Economic Development Summit to present incentive programs, new developments, and discuss strategies for building collaboration. More than 50 local government … Continue reading

Rauner Pulls Economic Development Out of Government

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Governor Signs Executive Order Directing Department of Commerce to Work with New Economic Development Non-profit Focused Effort to Attract Business and Create Jobs CHICAGO –Governor Bruce Rauner today signed an executive order directing … Continue reading

County Board Set to Shift Real Estate Taxes from Businesses to Homes

That’s part of the “McHenry County Board 2016 Action Plan.” The specific language is way down in the document: Formalize Economic Development Incentive Plan Goal: Work with MCEDC [McHenry County Economic Development Corporation] to identify and develop incentive programs to … Continue reading

Draft Regional Economic Development Plan Out

A press release from the McHenry County Board: Draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Available for Public Review; Open Houses Scheduled ROCKFORD, Ill. – The draft 2016-20 (CEDS) for the Northern Illinois Region is now available for public review and comment. The … Continue reading

County Laying Out Payment Schedule to McHenry County Economic Development Corporation to Hold EDC Harmless from Inflation

Here’s what the McHenry County Board is up to in its proposed four-year subsidy commitment to the McHenry County EDC “to establish a public/private partnership to continue a planned approach to the economic growth and development of the County outside … Continue reading

McHenry County Has Money for Small Business

McHenry County Board Finance and Audit Committee Chairman Scott Breeden was the main speaker for the McHenry County Business Committee meeting Wednesday night. He told of the $400,000 in the county till that could be loaned to businesses that didn’t … Continue reading

Approval of Lakewood SportsPlex Planned for Tuesday Night at 6

The unveiling of the the McHenry County SportsPlex details will start at Lakewood’s Red Tail Golf Course Club House at six Tuesday night. Before the night is over, I’d give odds the deal, complete with so far unrevealed “development incentives,” … Continue reading

Lakewood Explains SportsPlex

You will remember that details about the McHenry County SportsPlex have been dribbling out a little bit at a time. Some residents have been upset enough to distribute a broadside, which I publishes here. (We found it after coming back … Continue reading

What Pat Quinn Didn’t Explain about the Effect on Illinois Business

Unmentioned in Governor Pat Quinn’s budget address was what his 50% income tax hike proposal will do to Illinois business. Here’s what the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce says, “If this plan were passed, Illinois would have the 5th highest … Continue reading