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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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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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Stillman Valley High School Wins 2016 Envirothon

The 2016 Land Use Council 1 Envirothon Competition was held on March 8, 2016, at Highland Community College, and was hosted by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties. Twenty teams participated in the competition, with Stillman Valley High School taking 1st place.  Members of Stillman …

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