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Over 100 jobs expected to come to Pontiac, Illinois

WMBD TV by: Munashe Kwangwari PONTIAC, Ill. — More jobs will be coming to Pontiac thanks to a new development set to break ground next month. The city is located just off route 66 and is hoping to become a respite for travelers. A member of the Wally’s family proposed building a $16 million, 19 acre “car-stop”. Wally’s is an enhanced travel center where route 66 travelers can not onlyRead More

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Rec Center raising fees, eliminating drop-in cost

By Erich MurphyMarch 5, 2019 Director of Parks and Recreation Taylor Baxter told the Pontiac City Council his idea for program fee and pass changes, as well as his thoughts on furnishings for the new splash pad at its meeting Monday night at City Hall. In regard to the rec center fees, Baxter proposed a five-point plan regarding fee structure. First, there is a 5 percent increase across the board.Read More

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STEM

One of the greatest rewards in economic development is to see collaboration which delivers meaningful results. Over the last two years, the GLCEDC has worked with area schools to provide funding for the implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math [STEM] initiatives. With an investment of nearly $225,000, the GLCEDC through local school districts has helped to enhance the education of over 4,000 students throughout Livingston County. Also, the STEMRead More

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Dist. 429 board approves more STEAM teachers

By Luke SmuckerPosted Jan 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM There will be a STEAM teacher in each building of District 429 next year. At Thursday’s meeting of the Pontiac District 429 Board of Education, the board approved job postings for STEAM teachers at Central, Lincoln and Washington Schools. The board also approved the diesel fuel bid from Ken’s Oil in Forrest for the upcoming 2019-20 school year, similar to DistrictRead More

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Pontiac Caterpillar plant celebrating 40 years

Pontiac Daily LeaderBy Luke SmuckerPosted Dec 8, 2018 at 12:23 PM As another chapter begins to close in the pages of history, the Caterpillar plant in Pontiac reflects on 40 years of business within the community. Caterpillar Inc. acquired the Pontiac facility in January 1978 and it was operational by March of that year producing fuel system products. The acquisition was in response to increasing demand for engines and engineRead More

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Program helping PC freshmen be more interested

By Luke Smucker Posted Aug 25, 2018 at 9:45 AM A group of 40 to 50 freshmen at Prairie Central High School are taking part in the school’s new Freshman Cohort program this year. The core subjects of math, science, English and social studies are split between six teachers into two classrooms in an effort to offer students a STEAM-based teaching approach. “In the past, those four classes would have taken up a freshman’s entireRead More

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger Holds Health Care Roundtable

U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger made a stop in Pontiac Tuesday to speak with regional leaders about topics that affect rural health care. The congressman took part in a health care roundtable discussion at OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center. The roundtable was co-hosted by OSF Saint James and the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council. Representatives from OSF HealthCare shared questions and concerns with Rep. Kinzinger, along withRead More

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Boys & Girls Club gets computers from ATR

By Paul Westermeyer Staff Reporter | Pontiac Daily Leader The ever-increasing prominence of the STEAM initiative is usually thought to only encompass or concern schools. But on the local level, the local after-school Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County program has made it an extracurricular activity as well. On Wednesday, the Boys & Girls Club received eight laptops from Advanced Technology Recycling free of charge, a donation facilitated byRead More

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GLCEDC 9th Annual Golf Outing

Dear GLCEDC Members and Friends: The GLCEDC will be hosting its 9th Annual Golf Outing on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Dwight Country Club. The GLCEDC Golf Outing is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with existing friends and to meet new people! Event registration and sponsorship information for the outing are contained in the two documents attached. If you have any questions regarding the outing, or would like additionalRead More

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Pontiac Heartland Community College Youth Enrichment Summer Programs

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Pontiac Heartland Community College Youth Enrichment Summer Classes

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Pontiac Heartland Community College Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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Pontiac Heartland Community College History Classes

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New downtown coffee house offers crafted flavor

By Luke Smucker Staff Reporter The Daily Leader February 14, 2018 A new cup of joe is making its mark in downtown Pontiac. After months of planning and preparation, business owners Scott and Jennifer Cranford and co-owner Marty Fannin opened The Cup and The Scone coffee house, located at 213 W. Madison St., on Feb. 9. Until he became an owner, Scott Cranford didn’t intend to operate a small business.Read More

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Woodland getting ahead of the game

STREATOR — Recent years have seen the job market trend increasingly toward careers requiring skills in computation, engineering and manufacturing, and the desire for education to meet those demands has expressed itself in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics academic discipline. And Woodland High School is putting itself ahead of the curve, becoming the first school district in Livingston County to implement a STEM curriculum for all its grades, KRead More

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STEM Comes to Life in Woodland Classrooms

Woodland instructor Hannah Cox’s students are learning about things they don’t necessarily get to see in an everyday math or chemistry classroom. Since the beginning of the school year, students have worked with greenhouses, wind energy, model rockets, model towers and skyscrapers, among other items. With the help of the community, Woodland Unit 5 has become the first kindergarten through 12th-grade district in Livingston County to offer STEM curriculum (Science,Read More

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OSF and BCBSIL Reach Agreement

November 22, 2017 OSF HealthCare – Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Peoria, IL – November 22, 2017) – OSF HealthCare has reached an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to ensure patients have uninterrupted access to extensive high quality, in-network, medical care and services, including pediatric, neurologic, and cardiovascular care. All OSF HealthCare hospitals and services will continue to be in network now and in theRead More

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Dist 429’s Curriculum Moving Full STEAM Ahead

November 15, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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City of Fairbury Approves Property Tax Abatement for BMCH Properties

October 19, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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Pontiac District #429 students use STEAM to graph weather data

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ComEd Recognized as One of the Top 10 Utilities for Economic Development

CHICAGO (September 11, 2017) Site Selection magazine has named ComEd to its annual list of Top 10 Utilities in Economic Development for 2017. The magazine cites ComEd’s 17 direct-involvement project “wins” in 2016. It also noted the anticipated $1.6 billion in projected capital investments creating 6,170 jobs across the 400 municipalities and 25 counties ComEd serves in northern Illinois. There were an additional nearly 40,000 new indirect jobs reported byRead More

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Kinzinger Feels Failed Health Plan Misunderstood

August 10, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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County Board opts to help with health care

July 21, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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Money still an issue, but not so much of a concern

July 21, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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ATR in agreement with county

The Daily Leader May 19, 2017 [CLICK TO READ ARTICLE]

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Technical Metals moving forward with some help

The Daily Leader May 6, 2017 [CLICK TO READ ARTICLE]

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School District Still Not Getting State Money

The Daily Leader April 21, 2017 [CLICK TO READ ARTICLE]

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Unemployment Numbers Could Change

The Daily Leader March 22, 2017 [CLICK TO READ ARTICLE]

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Location Change Really No Issue Here

Feb 3, 2017 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]

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Interview on Pontiac Caterpillar’s Future

WJEZ interview with Caterpillar’s Pontiac Factory Manager Steven Harding and Adam Dontz of the GLCEDC. [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN]

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Jobless Rate Creeps Up In October

November 19, 2016 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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District Moving Full STEAM Ahead

November 15, 2016 Pontiac Daily Leader [CLICK to read entire article]

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Leader: CEO Feels It Has Been A Good Year

Pontiac Daily Leader November 3, 2016 [CLICK to download PDF of article]

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WEEK News: Community Leaders See Growth at Caterpillar’s Pontiac Facility

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CAT Hiring in Pontiac

September 15, 2016 CIProud.com (link to article) We’re used to seeing Caterpillar in construction zones, but in Pontiac, we are seeing construction zones in Caterpillar. “By restructuring and making the space more efficient and by having a large facility, a million square feet, we could leverage a lot of existing resources here,” the facility’s product manager Susan Toher said. The CAT facility in Pontiac is going through a $12 millionRead More

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Cat Plant Gets Makeover for Consolidation

September 16, 2016 Pontiac Daily Leader (link to article) The sprawling, 1 million-square-foot Caterpillar facility of Pontiac opened its doors to the press Thursday morning, as officials gave local media a short presentation and fielded questions, as well as taking the visiting journalists on a tour of the plant — a rare occurrence in the 38 years that Caterpillar has operated within the building. The local Caterpillar plant has hadRead More

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Pontiac’s Caterpillar Plant Adds 80 Jobs

September 16, 2016 PANTAGRAPH (link to article) PONTIAC — Pontiac’s Caterpillar plant has reached the halfway point of its promise to hire 160 employees by next summer. “We have hired 80 new employees since the January announcement and have plans to hire at least 80 more employees by early 2017,” Senior Public Affairs Manager Jamie Fox said. In January, Caterpillar announced plans to add about 160 jobs to its existing PontiacRead More

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County’s Unemployed Numbers Fall

Pontiac Daily Leader By Paul Westermeyer Staff Reporter On Aug. 26, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced that, although job growth was slow in areas of the state, the rate of unemployment had also decreased between July 2015 and July 2016 statewide. Both Pontiac and Livingston County saw an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent drop to 5.2 percent in that span. PontiacRead More

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Caterpillar Hiring at Pontiac Facility: CNC Grinding Specialist

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Caterpillar Hiring at Pontiac Facility: Lathe/Mill, Drill, Bore Specialist

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Caterpillar Hiring at Pontiac Facility: Assembly & Test Specialist

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Caterpillar Hiring at Pontiac Facility: Welder

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Livingston Workforce Services

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2016 Heartland Annual Update: Employers see success with Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program

Pontiac employers see success with HCC’s Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program. Download the information here: DOWNLOAD

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Livingston County Issues Request for Proposal to Purchase and Redevelop the Livingston County Manor

Livingston County issues Request for Proposal to purchase and redevelop the Livingston County Manor. [DOWNLOAD RFP]

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GLCEDC Trying To Push Growth

In an effort to highlight Livingston County as an attractive place to live, the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council has put together a new marketing campaign, including a brochure and a website, the purpose of which is to draw in prospective residents… [CLICK TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]

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GLCEDC Creates New Marketing Campaign Called Live Livingston and Launches New Website livelivingston.org

GLCEDC creates new marketing campaign called Live Livingston. Download the new brochure: CLICK HERE The new website is livelivingston.org.

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Official: Agreement May Have Helped Bring Jobs to Pontiac

Pantagraph – February 3, 2016 PONTIAC — The CEO of the Livingston County Economic Development Council said an intergovernmental incentive and tax abatement agreement may have played a role in bringing new Caterpillar jobs to Pontiac. Adam Dontz said he was pleased with last week’s announcement that the construction equipment manufacturer plans to add about 160 jobs to its existing Pontiac plant as the result of a company-wide restructuring… [CLICK HERERead More

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Caterpillar Plant in Pontiac Will Create 160 Jobs

WEEK TV – January 29, 2016 PONTIAC, Ill. — While many communities are struggling with massive job cuts by Caterpillar starting next month, a local organization has ensured what looks like a bright future for Livingston County… [CLICK HERE to read entire article and view TV news broadcast]

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Pontiac Offers Incentives To Gain 160 Caterpillar Jobs

Peoria Journal Star – January 29, 2016 PEORIA — Caterpillar Inc. smiled on a slice of central Illinois, announcing 160 out-of-state jobs will be moved to its plant in Pontiac. Those jobs come thanks to a three-pronged incentive plan from Livingston County — cash payments and tax abatements potentially worth about $4 million over three years to Caterpillar — that also assures the Pontiac plant of retaining its current 550Read More

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CAT Adds 160 Jobs at Pontiac Facility

Pantagraph – January 29, 2016 PONTIAC, IL — Caterpillar will add about 160 jobs to its existing Pontiac plant as the result of company-wide restructuring announced Friday. “We’re pleased that Caterpillar had confidence in the Pontiac plant, its employees and our community,” said Pontiac City Administrator Bob Karls. The Peoria-based manufacturer also announced the loss of at least 120 jobs from its East Peoria facilities. Overall, the changes announced Friday, whichRead More

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City Council Gives Approval to Cat Plan

Pontiac Daily Leader – January 20, 2016 The Pontiac City Council was the latest agreeable party to the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council’s plan to facilitate job retention and growth at Caterpillar. After GLCEDC CEO Adam Dontz gave a short presentation at the Council’s Tuesday night meeting, the governing body voted to join with other area taxing bodies in the project… [CLICK HERE to Read Entire Article]

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2014 Heartland Annual Update: GLCEDC partners with Heartland Community College to create Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program

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Committee Approves Incentive plan for Pontiac Caterpillar Facility

January 8, 2016 – WEEK / CINewsNow.com PONTIAC, Ill. — The Livingston County Finance Committee has approved a plan to help give Caterpillar a greater incentive to stay in the county… [CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE STORY]

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Committee OKs Incentive Plan for Pontiac Cat Plant

January 7, 2015 – Pontiac Daily Leader In what may prove to be a crucial move in helping Caterpillar weather a storm of macroeconomic industrial downturn, the Livingston County Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a measure, organized by the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council CEO Adam Dontz, in which the county will provide the local branch of the multinational company retention, job creation and tax abatement incentives, in orderRead More

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City Officials Reflect On Year, What’s Ahead

Pontiac Daily Leader – Posted Jan. 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM As the City of Pontiac enters a new year, big things are on the horizon for the community — and it’s worth reflecting on that which has already come. On Thursday, Pontiac’s Tourism Director Ellie Alexander and City Administrator Bob Karls discussed the past and the future of the city’s development… [LINK TO FULL ARTICLE] [DOWNLOAD ARTICLE PDF]

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Grundy County to Vote on Joining with Livingston County on a New Enterprise Zone

Published: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 11:01 p.m. CST By HEIDI LITCHFIELD – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com MORRIS – The Grundy County Board is expected to vote Tuesday on the Livingston County Enterprise Zone, which also would include portions of Grundy County in the Dwight area and at the Interstate 55 and Route 47 interchange. Adam Dontz with the Livingston County Economic Development Council said the proposed new enterprise zone covers land in Dwight,Read More

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Adam Dontz from the GLCEDC Discusses Economic Development

By Kent Casson Blade Correspondent Adam Dontz from the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council appeared before members of the Fairbury City Council Wednesday night. Dontz discussed an enterprise zone, which is an economic development tool through the state. GLCEDC is trying for a zone here in Livingston County. If a company meets certain criteria, some taxes would be waived. “What we have is a real collaborative effort in thatRead More

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Committee OKs Business Growth Move

Pontiac Daily Leader (Dec 10, 2015) At Wednesday night’s Livingston County Board Finance Committee meeting, the committee members approved Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council CEO Adam Dontz’s recommendation of an intergovernmental agreement with Grundy County and other governmental entities for an enterprise zone application… [CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]

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ICC Orders $66.7 Million Rate Decrease for ComEd Customers

CHICAGO (December 9,  2015) – The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued its final order today in ComEd’s Formula Rate Update for distribution or “delivery” of electricity in 2016, reflecting a rate decrease of approximately $66.7 million compared to 2015. Today’s ruling comes after a thorough review of the proposal submitted by ComEd in April in compliance with the annual rate-setting process established by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) orRead More

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Grundy County to Vote on Joining with Livingston County on New Enterprise Zone

Morris Herald-News By HEIDI LITCHFIELD Published: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 11:01 p.m. CST MORRIS – The Grundy County Board is expected to vote Tuesday on the Livingston County Enterprise Zone, which also would include portions of Grundy County in the Dwight area and at the Interstate 55 and Route 47 interchange…. [READ FULL ARTICLE]

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OSF HealthCare Raising Minimum Wage For Workers

As both an employer and a Ministry of Catholic health care, OSF HealthCare is called to be socially just and recognize the personal worth and dignity of every person served – including its own Mission Partners (employees). Effective November 22, 2015, the new minimum wage for all Mission Partners across the OSF HealthCare Ministry will be $10 an hour. Approximately 482 Mission Partners will benefit from the increase, about 3%Read More

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GLCEDC Appreciates 8 Years of John Ward’s Leadership & Service

The GLCEDC appreciates 8 years of John Ward’s leadership and service. Pictured: John Ward (left) and GLCEDC CEO Adam Dontz

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Dwight Office & Retail Opportunities Flyers

Office & Retail Opportunities flyers for Dwight, Illinois has been released. Retail Rental & Commercial & Commercial Land Opportunities: DOWNLOAD Office & Retail Opportunities: DOWNLOAD

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ISU Student Startups to Compete for $100,000+ in Services from Local Companies

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY (Normal, Illinois) — The clock has started ticking down the days to ISU’s Startup Showcase competition, sponsored by the George R & Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which will be hosted at the Bloomington/Normal Marriott in Uptown Normal on November 13, 2015. The annual event expands each year. New this year, competitors will have the space to showcase their startup and attendees will be voting forRead More

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GLCEDC CEO Attends Illinois Harvest Dinner

Last week’s Illinois Harvest Dinner brought together good people, good food and good conversations, all in the perfect farm setting… READ FULL ARTICLE: http://farmprogress.com/blogs-dinner-illinois-harvest-dinner-10199  

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Livingston County’s Global Influence

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2016 Heartland Annual Update: Employers see success with Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program (Chinese Edition)

The GLCEDC Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing Program flyer is now available in Chinese. To download the Chinese Edition, CLICK HERE.    要下载中国版,请点击此处

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GLCEDC in Site Selection Magazine

As part of the GLCEDC’s marketing campaign to attract new investment in our region, we’ve placed two full-page ads in Site Selection Magazine — the premier trade industry publication targeted to individuals who recommend sites to companies for their expansions. Here is a copy of our ad:

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Unemployment & Labor Force Statistics

Illinois Unemployment Rate by County (PDF) Monthly Labor Force Statistics for Economic Development Regions (PDF)

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Tax Abatement Plan Updated (July 28, 2015)

The GLCEDC has updated the Tax Abatement Plan information and matrix. Click here to view the Tax Abatement page.

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Business Taking Advantage of Tax Abatement

Article in The Daily Leader newspaper (July 16, 2015) DOWNLOAD ARTICLE (PDF)

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GLCEDC’s “Insights from Women” Coverage

WJEZ’s coverage of GLCEDC’s “Insights from Women” event. [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/wjez_combined_women_062015.mp3]

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How Being Different Makes a Difference: Insights from Women (Symposium)

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Two Major Businesses Take Advantage of Tax Abatement

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council made an exciting announcement during the Community Forum with Todd Wineburner Friday morning. CEO of the GLCEDC Adam Dontz said two major businesses are taking advantage of the tax abatement incentive in Livingston County, which had previously been approved by 15 taxing entities in the county… READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.wjez.com/2015/06/01/two-large-companies-taking-advantage-of-tax-abatement/ LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: https://glcedc.org/news/in-the-news/  

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Slagel Farms, a GLCEDC Grant Recipient, Receives Praise from Chicago’s Top Chiefs

Article about Slagel Farms, a GLCEDC Grant Recipient, Receives Praise from Chicago’s Top Chiefs. Download PDF: DOWNLOAD View Online Article: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2015/Slagel-Family-Farm

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Daily Leader: Business Futures venture relies on special workers

Business Futures venture relies on special workers Pontiac Daily Leader May 2, 2015 Download the article: VIEW/DOWNLOAD ARTICLE

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Livingston County Property Tax Abatement Plan Details

The GLCEDC has released updated details and matrix for the Livingston County Property Tax Abatement Plan. To download the Plan & Matrix document, CLICK HERE.

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GLCEDC Board Members Meet with Gov Rauner and Senator Barickman at Historic Courthouse in Pontiac

GLCEDC Board Members met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Senator Jason Barickman at Historic Courthouse in Pontiac on Monday, March 2nd, 2015. (From left) Illinois Senator Jason Barickman, Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin, Mike McCoy, Mark DeKeersgieter, Bernie Anderson, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, John Ward, GLCEDC Chairman Jon Kilgore, Brad Solberg, GLCEDC CEO Adam Dontz, and GLCEDC Vice Chairman Terry Sullivan.

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Daily Leader: City of Pontiac Reinvests in the GLCEDC

City of Pontiac Reinvests in the GLCEDC Pontiac Daily Leader February 17, 2015 Download the article: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Daily Leader: CEDS seen as force for growth

CEDS seen as force for growth (Daily Leader article)

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Travis Williams exhibits what Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program intends

Williams exhibits what GLCEDC class intends Pontiac Daily Leader January 31, 2015 Download the article: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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VIDEO: GLCEDC Tax Abatement Signing

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Daily Leader: Tax Abatement Signing

Taxing bodies formally agree to tax abatement program Pontiac Daily Leader January 22, 2015 Download the article: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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GLCEDC Community Leadership Award

The Daily Leader Article (12-18-2015) (Click to download this article.)

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Property Tax Abatement (in the News)

Coverage in the local news regarding the Property Tax Abatement for Livingston County: December 3, 2014 – Fairbury Illinois December 10, 2014 – PTHS December 12, 2014 – Livingston County December 16, 2014 – Pontiac Illinois January 7, 2015 – Fairbury City Council

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Legislative Update Forum – December 9, 2014

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GLCEDC announces a Livingston County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Economic Plan to Enable Livingston County to Apply for Federal Funds Public comments are now being taken on Livingston County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The plan includes goals, objectives, and action items that will enable the county to capitalize on its strengths and opportunities and work towards addressing weaknesses that prevent economic growth. The plan is available for viewing at www.ncicg.org. Comments are being taken through Sunday, December 14,Read More

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GLCEDC Thanks its Golf Outing Sponsors

 Pontiac Daily Leader Advertisement September 20, 2014

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Free Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop

Hello, Community Leaders, Planners, and Consultants! You are invited to attend a free brownfields workshop on October 7, 2014, from 9:30am-3:00pm in Peoria, Illinois, which is being co-hosted by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University. Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station or other potentially contaminatedRead More

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Senator speaks on budget issues (Daily Leader)

DAILY LEADER | August 1, 2014 Various business leaders, as well as city and county leaders, gathered at Exact Packaging Wednesday for an event that featured Sen. Jason Barickman. The Bloomington Republican touched on budgetary issues, as well as worker’s compensation reform. Adam Dontz, chief executive officer of the GLCEDC, praised Barickman for being an active participant in listening to the residents of his district and taking those ideas toRead More

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SBA 504 Loan Program

Illinois Business Financial Services wants to help small businesses in your community grow through the SBA 504 Loan Program. We work with Economic Development Companies and Chambers of Commerce throughout the state to provide resources to stimulate business growth. Download the following flyer to see how our services can help you! DOWNLOAD INFORMATION HERE

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GLCEDC and Heartland Community College Deliver Results for Local Manufacturers

GLCEDC and Heartland Community College Deliver Results for Local Manufacturers. Download this news item here: [DOWNLOAD]        

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Women Business Resources Expo: July 24, 2014

Learn about business resources from… IL Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Women’s Business Development Bradley University Small Business Development Center & Turner Center for Entrepreneurship Advantage Illinois  (Institutional Lending; Venture Capital) Workforce Development Programs IL Dept. of Agriculture “Buy Illinois” Initiative, getting your product or service in the market place IL Central Management Services  Business Enterprise Program (BEP) IL Capital Development Board IL Dept. of Employment Security IL SmallRead More

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New Community Profile Brochure Released

The latest GLCEDC’s Community Profile Brochure has been released (June 27, 2014). Download it from our Resource Center.

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Membership Directory Released

The GLCEDC has released its latest Membership Directory for the summer of 2014. The directory is available for download here: DOWNLOAD

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GLCEDC Community Profile Brochure Released

The GLCEDC has released the 2014 version of our GLCEDC Community Profile Brochure. You can download it here: DOWNLOAD

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PBS Show on Pontiac, Illinois

PBS show on Pontiac, Illinois: http://youtu.be/F-kt2etwCWE

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Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinars

URBANA, Ill. – Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts. The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation. Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situationRead More

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SBA: Meet the Lenders Event Announced

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is sponsoring a lender/business matchmaking event on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (2:00pm to 5:00pm) at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. This is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with loan officers from SBA-participating lenders. Bring your business plan and discuss your business loan proposal with the lenders. Learn more by downloading more here: DOWNLOAD

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Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program boosts skills of manufacturing workforce

Pantagraph Program boosts skills of manufacturing workforce Sunday, April 20, 2014 by Lenore Sobota lsobota PONTIAC – A cooperative effort between the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council and Heartland Community College is providing a more well-rounded workforce for the area’s manufacturers, say those involved in the project. The second group participating in the “Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing” training program graduated earlier this month, bringing to 26 the number whoRead More

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Basic Arc Welding Class Registration

BASIC GAS METAL ARC WELDING CLASS At LIVINGSTON AREA CAREER CENTER 1100 E. Indiana Avenue, Pontiac, Illinois 61764 Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, 2014 Monday through Friday, June 16-20, 2014 Monday through Friday, June 23-27, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Total Cost $300 For more information or to sign up, call 815-842-2557 Registration deadline Thursday, June 5, 2014 [DOWNLOAD INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FORM]

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Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program graduating class of 2014

By Cynthia Grau/Daily Leader Staff Reporter April 12, 2014 Fourteen students made it through their program and graduated Friday afternoon and are now looking forward to life in the working world. The second class of the Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, a workforce training program offered by the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council, walked through commencement ceremonies Friday afternoon at the Livingston County Historic Courthouse. The students completed 100 hoursRead More

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Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program 2015 graduation ceremony announcement

The Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council (GLCEDC) is announcing the graduation ceremony for the second Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing Skills training program. “The successful completion of this program marks the largest customized training program provided in Livingston County by Heartland Community College,” said Adam Dontz, CEO of the GLCEDC. Fourteen students recently completed the 100-hour session developed by Heartland Community College (HCC) and the GLCEDC, with input from closeRead More

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OSF Partners with Joint Commission Resources

OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center is a leader in Central Illinois for health, and is a strong asset to Livingston County. OSF has partnered with the Joint Commission Resources to reduce harm. This video is also available on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/Tz0iOPBUIbM Visit OSF’s web site here: http://www.osfsaintjames.org/

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WJEZ podcast on 2014 Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program

WJEZ 98.9 FM Interview with Adam Dontz of the GLCEDC about job training, new members, and more. Air Date: February 19, 2014 [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/wjez02192014.mp3]

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Pontiac Mayor Comments Regarding The GLCEDC

Comments from Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell Regarding the GLCEDC on the WJEZ Community Forum program with Todd Wineburner. Air date: February 4, 2014 [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/russell_wjez_02042014.mp3]

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Welding Class to be Offered at LACC

The Livingston Area Career Center (LACC) is offering a BASIC GAS METAL ARC WELDING-MIG WELDING CLASS in February, 2014. Monday through Thursday, February 3 — February 6, 2014 Monday through Thursday, February 10 — February 13, 2014 Monday through Thursday, February 17 — February 20, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Total Cost $300 For more information or to sign up, call 815-842-2557 Registration deadline January 27, 2014 [DOWNLOAD INFORMATIONALRead More

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Livingston County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Make News

Livingston County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Make News [DOWNLOAD PANTAGRAPH ARTICLE HERE]

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Community Profile Now Available

The GLCEDC has released our Community Profile Brochure. You can download the free brochure in the Resource Center, or by CLICKING HERE.

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Podcast with Adam Dontz (Oct 29, 2013)

Adam Dontz, CEO of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council and Tera Graves of the Livingston Area Career Center, talk to WJEZ radio on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/wjezcommunityforum102913.mp3]

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Agriculture Brochure Available

The GLCEDC has released our Agriculture Brochure. This seven page brochure includes information about Livingston County’s Agriculture community, resources, and data. You can download the free brochure in the Resource Center, or by CLICKING HERE.

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Small Business EXPO Sept 2013

Making credit accessible to small businesses and entrepreneurs is crucial to our continued economic recovery. Small businesses employ one-half of all Americans and they account for about 60% of overall job creation. But knowing where to turn for help can often be an intimidating task. The Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Expo is your opportunity to meet with representatives from many of the organizations providing loans, direct financial assistance andRead More

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WJEZ podcast on 2013 Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program

Adam Dontz, CEO of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council talks to WJEZ radio about the successful results of the Manufacturing Skills Training Program. [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/community_forum_07312013.mp3]

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Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing 2013 Graduation

Luke Smucker Staff Reporter – Pontiac Daily Leader Updated Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:55 pm Pontiac, Ill.  — The county commissioners’ room of the Historic Livingston County Courthouse in Pontiac was filled Monday with friends and family, all in attendance to see the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council’s graduation ceremony for the fundamentals of modern manufacturing skills training program. The program celebrated the graduation of its first group ofRead More

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Illinois Economic Development Guide Magazine

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GLCEDC Board approves funds for Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing program

PONTIAC DAILY LEADER by Cynthia Grau April 12. 2013 1:18PM Board approves GLCEDC funds for skill training Adam Dontz, chief executive officer of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council approached the Livingston County Board Thursday evening to request approval of granting funds for a program that will bring education to those interested in the manufacturing field. The $42,900 requested had already been approved by the finance committee for theRead More

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Now Recruiting Manufacturing Training Students

Manpower Now Recruiting 20 Manufacturing Training Students Apply today 815-844-5091 Tuition $2,235 If you qualify your cost is $90 Train for Your Future in Manufacturing. Partners are ready to invest in you and turn your abilities into employable skills.  Several Livingston County Manufacturing Employers Are Guaranteeing Interviews!  Heartland Community College has a comprehensive, customized training program providing you the skills local manufactures really want. This six-week training program is gearedRead More

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New Podcast with Adam Dontz

Adam Dontz, CEO of the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council [GLCEDC] talks to WJEZ radio about specific initiatives the GLCEDC is undertaking to facilitate job creation and economic growth in Livingston County. [audio:https://glcedc.org/audio/Community_Forum__Adam_Dontz__CEO_GLCEDC-1366913611.mp3]

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The New GLCEDC Web Site

As of April 15, 2013, we’ve launched our brand new web site!

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