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CITY OF MCHENRY BUSINESS
  ATTRACTION AND RETENTION



 CITY OF MCHENRY BUSINESS
ATTRACTION AND RETENTION
City of McHenry
• 50 miles northwest of Chicago, 50 miles south of Milwaukee and
  45 miles east of Rockford
• Full-time City Administrator-Council form of government
• Mayor (Susan E. Low) and seven aldermen
• Aldermen represent different areas of the City ( 7 wards)
• Municipal sanitary sewer and water service
• Population 26,992 (2010)
• 5 industrial/business parks
• Approximately 100 manufacturers
• 1,000,000 square feet of new retail since 2000
City of McHenry
• Major employers in the City include:
• Centegra Hospital/Northern Illinois Medical Center,
• Follett Library Resources (warehouse/distribution of
  books)
• Follett Software (computer software development)
• Medela (Breast Pumps and Health Care)
• Affinia Group (Warehouse/Distribution, brake and
  chassis, automobile after market)
• Fabrik Industries (Plastic Molding)
Role of the Municipality
• Facilitator (real estate community, business,
  local, state and federal agencies)
• Link businesses with
  suppliers/complementary businesses
• Foster the creation of value chains
• Promote development of economic clusters
• Adaptability to changing market trends
• Business attraction and retention
Role of Municipality
• Provide a pool of locally-available trained
  workforce
• Site location assistance
• Ensure utility and technological
  infrastructure is readily available
• Promote need for additional workforce
  housing
• Providing accurate data (workforce,
  socioeconomic, etc.)
Role of Economic Development
• Work with State of Illinois Department
  of Community and Economic
  Opportunity (business retention,
  incentives, grant programs, etc.)
• Collaborate with McHenry County
  Economic Development Corporation
  and McHenry County College Small
  Business Development Center (utilize
  professional assistance-international
  trade, educational training, etc.)
Role of Economic Development
• Work with federal, state, local elected
  officials (lobbying
  transportation/infrastructure
  improvements)
• Streamline development review process
• Promote City’s Economic Development
  Plan and Economic Development
  Strategy)

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City of Mc Henry

  • 1. CITY OF MCHENRY BUSINESS ATTRACTION AND RETENTION CITY OF MCHENRY BUSINESS ATTRACTION AND RETENTION
  • 2. City of McHenry • 50 miles northwest of Chicago, 50 miles south of Milwaukee and 45 miles east of Rockford • Full-time City Administrator-Council form of government • Mayor (Susan E. Low) and seven aldermen • Aldermen represent different areas of the City ( 7 wards) • Municipal sanitary sewer and water service • Population 26,992 (2010) • 5 industrial/business parks • Approximately 100 manufacturers • 1,000,000 square feet of new retail since 2000
  • 3. City of McHenry • Major employers in the City include: • Centegra Hospital/Northern Illinois Medical Center, • Follett Library Resources (warehouse/distribution of books) • Follett Software (computer software development) • Medela (Breast Pumps and Health Care) • Affinia Group (Warehouse/Distribution, brake and chassis, automobile after market) • Fabrik Industries (Plastic Molding)
  • 4. Role of the Municipality • Facilitator (real estate community, business, local, state and federal agencies) • Link businesses with suppliers/complementary businesses • Foster the creation of value chains • Promote development of economic clusters • Adaptability to changing market trends • Business attraction and retention
  • 5. Role of Municipality • Provide a pool of locally-available trained workforce • Site location assistance • Ensure utility and technological infrastructure is readily available • Promote need for additional workforce housing • Providing accurate data (workforce, socioeconomic, etc.)
  • 6. Role of Economic Development • Work with State of Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity (business retention, incentives, grant programs, etc.) • Collaborate with McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and McHenry County College Small Business Development Center (utilize professional assistance-international trade, educational training, etc.)
  • 7. Role of Economic Development • Work with federal, state, local elected officials (lobbying transportation/infrastructure improvements) • Streamline development review process • Promote City’s Economic Development Plan and Economic Development Strategy)