Economic Development

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What makes DeKalb such a great community to call home, grow a business, and establish roots?

DeKalb has a history and culture of innovation! We offer all the amenities you need to grow your business including fiber optic capacity, collaboration with technology and entrepreneurship programs at NIU, workforce development programs, DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, easy access to the I-88 and I-39 corridors, and affordable housing. From Downtown to NIU and Sycamore Road, we have shovel-ready industrial sites and commercial space available in all sizes.

Living in DeKalb is fulfilling. The City is a cultural hub rich in art, music, entertainment, and recreation. Big city amenities without the big city drive! DeKalb is the cultural hub of the county.  Art galleries, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Municipal Band, live theater, dance, arena concerts, independent films, & championship sports are all in your back yard! Add in 40 area parks, 3 major bike trails and the art deco Egyptian Theatre – there is always something to do. For more information on events happening this week, visit NIU Today or the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Education is a priority. Excellent educational partnership offerings between Kishwaukee College, NIU, and DeKalb High School provide a full range of career and career readiness initiatives for our youth. And for the college bound, DeKalb High School offers 16 Advanced Placement classes, dual credit transfer, and the 2+2 or 3+1 degree paths.

DeKalb is continually investing in the future. In April, 2015, The City of DeKalb was named as a quarterfinalist in the America’s Best Communities competition and “we’re digging in to win.” The City and Northern Illinois University are increasingly intertwined, planning together for the future of DeKalb. A full service Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureau, and County Economic Development Corporation are working together to grow our community.  Positive growth projects underway or recently completed include:

  • New DeKalb Police Station
  • New DeKalb High School
  • DeKalb Public Library Expansion
  • - NIU Fiber Optic Network
  • State of the Art Health Care System
  • Airport Expansion

Interested in growing your business in DeKalb?

Please contact the Community Development Department at 815-748-2060 for assistance.

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