Economic Development

Economic development consists of concentrated and sustained efforts by communities to develop policies that promote improved standard of living and economic health in a specific region.  These efforts can include, but are not limited to, infrastructure improvements, environmental sustainability, and health and safety.

BHRC was designated as an Economic Development District by the Department of Com­merce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in March 1992.  As such, BHRC is responsible for the management and planning of the Economic Development District, which includes updating and maintaining the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document.  The 5-Year CEDS Report t has been adopted by the council and submitted to EDA for the time period of 2014-2018. An annual update will be provided each year.

The Regional CEDS Committee meets every quarter and these meetings are used to give updates on regional projects and issues as well as funding opportunities.  BHRC staff regularly attends the county CEDS committee meetings that are held at the local level in the individual counties.  Participants at the county CEDS meetings help share information at a local level and give updates on projects and initiatives our office is undertaking. These meetings are held monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the county administering the meeting.

BHRC can also provide statistical and demographic data for economic development projects in the northwest Illinois region including Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee. Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside Counties.

If your community or organization is interested in economic development, please contact our office directly at 815-625-3854 or