The GLCEDC dedicates its purpose to supporting the retention and expansion of existing enterprises and to attracting new businesses. Additionally, the GLCEDC recognizes the importance of a highly trained and competent workforce and works diligently with Heartland Community College, The Livingston Area Career Center, and the Grundy, Kankakee, Livingston County Workforce Investment Board to respond to the needs of current and prospective employers. Furthermore, as a respected advocate of the business community, the GLCEDC works with elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels to advocate for more business-friendly policies pertaining to workers’ compensation insurance, tax reform[s], and other pro-business initiatives as directed by our Board of Directors. The GLCEDC also serves as a liaison between a business and government agencies to facilitate and expedite the development of new projects.
Thank you for considering membership to the GLCEDC and supporting our endeavor to increase the commerce of the Livingston County area.
Benefits to joining the GLCEDC include but are not limited to:
- Serving on the GLCEDC Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
- Participation in small group roundtable discussions with federal, state, and local officials.
- Having a pro-business advocate to use a resource when considering business expansion.
- Your business being featured on the GLCEDC website and in GLCEDC promotion material.
- Employee participation training seminars and other training opportunities.
- Excellent networking opportunities with leaders in the public and private sector.
- Quarterly Email Newsletters about the GLCEDC and its members.
- Platinum – Minimum $25,000
- Gold Level – Minimum $10,000
- Silver Level – Minimum $5,000
- Bronze Level – Minimum $1,000
- Associate Membership – Minimum $500 up to Bronze
- Municipal Membership – $2-$3 per resident
Selig Group is a global company serving a worldwide market from Forrest. The current staff supporting our efforts in the Forrest plant are nearing 150 employees. We are creating additional opportunities to grow this business site in the decade. Selig looks to the GLCEDC for multiple forms of assistance of ranging from employee educational tools to financial assistance.
Growing up in Livingston County, I was extremely pleased to see that the GLCEDC understands the needs of the area businesses and the strengths and weaknesses of this community. Taking this understanding and focusing on creating an environment to encourage and assist growth, we have found our partnership with the GLCEDC to be a very worthwhile investment and proudly hang our membership decal on our entrance.
Brad Gulliford, Director – US Operations, Selig Group
Technical Metals greatly appreciates the help of the GLCEDC as we hire new employees and incur significant training costs and make large capital investments. The $47,500 grant made by the GLCEDC helped offset the cost of purchasing a vertical and horizontal CNC machine center for TMI’s 10 additional employees last year. Additionally, TMI plans to hire 10 or more employees in 2018. Our business is very capital intensive, and as we complete against companies around the world, growth in Illinois is very difficult without assistance such as the GLCEDC provides.
Jerry Hoffman, President, Technical Metals
The GLCEDC’s property tax abatement and hiring incentive programs, with the support of local government units, have assisted Anthony Liftgates to expand its facility by nearly 25% and increase employment by nearly 20%. Collectively, Anthony Liftgates has invested nearly $1,000,000 on building improvements, sales, marketing, and product offerings in order to grow our market share in the truck equipment industry.
The GLCEDC’s simple and streamlined approach to getting things done is very refreshing. Helping existing local businesses is a great approach to improving economic opportunities for employers and employees alike. We look forward to the possibilities of working with the GLCEDC as we continue to invest in our company and its people.
Thomas Walker, President, Anthony Liftgates
The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council
Adam Dontz, Chief Executive Officer
Physical address: 210 West Water Street
Mailing address: Post Office Box 528
Pontiac, Illinois 61764
Office Phone: 815.842.2900