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Trails Study Kick-Off Meeting – March 15

The kick-off meeting for the regional Trails Study will be held at 1 p.m. on March 15, 2017, at the Freeport Chamber of Commerce (27 W Stephenson St, Freeport, IL).  The agenda is available here.

Trails Study RFQs

BHRC has issued two RFQs for its ongoing Trails Study.  Qualified entities should respond by 3:30 p.m. on March 13, 2017. BHRC RFQ 1-2017 BHRC RFQ 2-2017

BHRC Board Meeting – November 28

To view the November 28th meeting agenda, click here.

Blackhawk Waterways Tourism Grant

The purpose of the BWCVB Grant Program is to assist their tourism partners in the promotion of tourism related businesses, attractions and events/festivals located within their 4 county (Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside) region. The intent of the BWCVB Grant Program is to provide matching funds for projects that will promote the region as a tourism …

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Fall Summit Recap – October 28

Thank you to those who joined us at last Friday’s Fall Development Summit.  The theme was Be Resilient, and topics consisted of millennial, as well as business, retention and expansion, cyber security and fraud awareness, and the impact of public lands on local economies.  There were sixty-two attendees, four speakers, and a panel discussion.  We …

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Staff Updates

Daniel Payette Named Executive Director Payette has worked at BHRC since 2011, serving as both outreach coordinator and planning manager. During that period, he supported the deployment of the nine-county iFiber network, updates to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and numerous community and regional planning projects. Payette is a graduate of the University of …

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BHRC Awarded Partnership Planning Grant

BHRC was awarded a $103,000 partnership planning grant from the Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce). The funding will enable BHRC to maintain the region’s economic development district (EDD) and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a multi-county plan covering Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties. The Strategy …

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Planning & Digital Content Fellow

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, a non-profit regional planning organization, seeks to hire a Planning & Digital Content Fellow.  For consideration, please send cover letter, resume, and references to julie.jacobs [at] by October 7, 2016.

RFP for Eight-County, Bistate Freight Study Released

Together, Blackhawk Hills Regional Council and the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) have issued a request for proposals for a multi-modal freight study of specified counties in northwest Illinois and east central Iowa. Any questions about the RFP may be directed to Chandra Ravada (cravada [at] or 563-556-4166), Director of Transportation, ECIA. Proposals are due on or …

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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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