Ogle County, Illinois: An Economic Destination for Growth and Prosperity.

Charlene Coulombe CEcD EDFP, Executive Director

OCEDC Board of Directors

Randy Schoon, President (Polo)
Darin DeHaan, Vice-President (Oregon)
Paula Diehl, Secretary (Mt. Morris)
John Rickard, Treasurer (Byron)
John Finfrock, Ogle County Board Chairman
Patricia Nordman, Ogle County Board Vice Chairman
Karen Halstead, ComEd - An Exelon Company
City of Rochelle

Why is Economic Development Important?

  • Attracting and growing businesses strengthens our economy providing locally-produced goods and services. Strong businesses pay taxes that go for vital services such as schools, roads, fire, and police. Businesses also provide good jobs that put money in people’s pockets and allow for a higher quality of life.
  • Economic development has a lasting impact on communities and a county as a whole. Job providers purchase goods and services they need to operate, and their workers purchase goods and services they need to live. Money changes hands many times as it flows through the local economy and creates overall prosperity enjoyed by all citizens.

What are other benefits of economic development?

  • Economic development has a major impact on the places where we live, work, and play. Putting vacant or abandoned buildings and land back into productive use is a major function of economic development. This helps keep businesses located in areas where sewer, water, and other services are already present.

  • Economic development retains and attracts talented people. Communities that provide quality jobs and great places to live and work are a magnet for folks of all ages. As a result, these places have a strong future.

  • Economic development also fosters the entrepreneurial spirit that resides in our creative and ambitious citizens. By providing access to ideas, investment and expert advice new companies can be created to help assure Ogle County’s economy stays innovative and diverse.
Please consider becoming an investor in this countywide endeavor to strengthen the economy of Ogle County. (Form Below)

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