Tuesday, October 24 2017
Morrison, IL — While rumblings of the approval of the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application circulated last month, it can now be officially announced that the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application has been approved by the State of Illinois’ Enterprise Zone Board, and its Certificate of Designation issued by the he Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as of October 16, 2017. The Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone includes 13 governmental entities in Whiteside and Carroll Counties, and covers approximately 14 square miles. The Enterprise Zone is an important economic development incentive used at the local level to assist businesses in expansions or new locations. The incentive includes sales tax exemption on building materials for businesses who are building or improving facilities within the Enterprise Zone boundaries, and if not located in a TIF District, temporary tax abatements.
Upon completion, the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application consisted of ten four inch binders, and according to Gary Camarano, Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone Administrator, “It ‘took a village’, and a city, and a county, and several other partners and stakeholders to complete. It was truly a collaborative effort. We had Betty Steinert (former EZ Administrator) acting as a consultant on the application, contributions from Robin Hanna at Western Illinois University, Brian Harger from Northern Illinois University, Mayors and Village Presidents in the zone, and other Economic Development partners. When our consultant delivered her final version of the application to our office shortly before the due date, that’s when our review and editing team got to work. After making several revisions, additions, and corrections to syntax, grammar and spelling, we probably picked-up 40 more points in the scoring, which placed as number five in the rankings. The top six scores out of twelve applications were approved by the Enterprise Zone Board. When completed, the 40 inch application was hand delivered to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in late December of 2016, and we can now officially announce the approval of the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone 2018.”
Zone Performance Improves
The Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone will soon announce a schedule for a series of “Enterprise Zone Workshops,” which will explain the features and benefits of the Enterprise Zone, and review other local and State incentives, as well as financing mechanisms that could provide assistance to new businesses, or businesses relocating or expanding to the region and its Enterprise Zones. Camarano explained, “Our Enterprise Zone team is always striving to improve customer service, provide information to assist businesses, and to help the private sector create and retain jobs. So far I think we’re meeting our goals.”
Information about the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone can be found at https://www.whiteside.org/departments/economic-development.html or by calling (815) 772-5182.