As northwest Illinois’ regional planning commission, Blackhawk Hills Regional Council provides resources for communities, counties, and other organizations in our region on issues like community and economic development, land use, natural resource conservation.  For the latest updates, please visit the grants page on our website.  And for the very latest, we recommend that you like us on Facebook.

RSVP now for our Spring Symposium/Annual Meeting, “Old is New Again: Downtown Rising”!

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2015 Property Tax Freeze Roundtable

Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois Presentation (Carol Portman @ Taxpayers' Federation)

2015 Regional Development Summit

Community Economic Development (Steve Deller @ UW-Madison)
Make Trails Count (Steve Buchtel @ Trails for Illinois)

2015 Spring Symposium and Annual Meeting

2014-2015 Blackhawk Hills Regional Council Annual Report 4.22.2015FinalBHRC1415AnnualReport_Page_01

State and Local Taxes in Illinois – Issues and Trends (Taxpayers Federation of Illinois)

Illinois Enterprise Zone Program Changes and New Zone Application Process (Betty Steinert)

State Representative Demmer speaks at Annual Meeting (YouTube video)

2014-15 Development Guide 2013-14 Annual Report 5-Year CEDS
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Jump Start to a Good Year – 2016 Grazing Conference Held

Blackhawk Hills was one of the sponsors of the Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference. The event was held on March 2, 2016. There were 36 participants.  The program featured five speakers and covered various topics, including: Transitioning from Winter Feed to Summer Grazing, Who Manages Forage on Your Spread, Forage Options for Better Grazing, Economic Perspectives of Transition and Forage Management …

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Center for Small Business Development Launched

Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) Center for Small Business Development (CSBD) opened in February. Services provided include one-to-one small business counseling, workshops, and seminars, partnership development to help improve the small business and entrepreneurship culture of the region, and the development of local, regional, and state resources to help small business communities. The Center was …

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