Spring 2010 Spring Conference and Admin Training Conference agenda

brochure.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2010 Annual Spring Conference & Administrator’s Training Conference being held May 5-7, 2010 at Jumers in Rock Island, IL.

A block of rooms will be held until April 16, 2010. For room reservations, call 800-477-7747 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $84 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, click here.

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article are the PDFs of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.  All sessions are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Noon to 5:00 P.M. Greenfield Tour
    Contact John Thompson @ 815-284-3361 or dchamber@essex1.com
  • 6:30 P.M. Conference Opening Reception
    Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your IEZA colleagues, enjoy a “South of the Border” menu and hosted bar.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Thursday, May 6, 2010

  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.: Full Breakfast Provided
    Sponsored by KPMG
  • 8:00 – 9:00 A.M.: Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 A.M.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.: Review of 2010 IEZA Administrator’s Handbook
  • 10:30 – 10:45 A.M.: Break
  • 10:45-11:30 A.M.: Best Practices
    How to write an application.
  • 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Lunch
    Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy
    Luncheon Speaker: Stephanie Acri Stephanie Acri, owner of Evans Premium Manufacturing
  • 1:00 – 1:15 P.M. Break
  • 1:15 – 2:15 P.M.: Panel Presentation/Discussion:
    “Encouraging Entrepreneurship”
    Moderator: Sally Heffernan, Special Projects Manager, City of Rock Island
    Panel: Vicki Miller, Blackhawk college, Small Business Development Center Donna Mortiz, Financial Services Director, Bi-State Regional Commission Mary Chappell, Programs Development Coordinator, City of Rock Island
  • 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.: Bus Tour of Entrepreneurial Business
  • 4:30 – 5:30: Reception
    “Blue Cat Brew Pub” and a Tour of Rock Island’s $10 Million Mississippi riverfront park scheduled for completion in June.
  • 6:30 P.M.: Dinner Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island
    Provided by IEZA

Friday, May 7, 2010

  • 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.: Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:15 A.M.: Doing Business with Government
    Do you know about HUB zones? Federal, state and local governments award billion of contracts annually. Discover how you can assist your small business in competing for government contracts.

    Panel Discussion:
    Founders of Spirit Partners/Mandus Group in Rock Island established in 2005, these companies are experienced government contractors and provide consulting services to a wide variety of commercial business seeking government contracts.
    Vicki Miller is the coordinator of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Blackhawk Community College.

  • 10:15 – 11:00 A.M.: Legislative Update Senate Bill-3659 & More
    SB-3659 seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years.
  • 11:00 A.M.: IEZA Membership Meeting

2010 Spring Conference Brochure & Agenda 142.37 Kb

20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.  Please use the linked IEZA Position Paper when contacting your legislators to seek their support.

To see the entire IEZA Position Paper supporting SB-3659 click here.

20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.

Just below is the IEZA position paper.  A pdf of this document is at the bottom of this article.

ILLINOIS ENTERPRISE ZONE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS SB-3659, AMENDMENT #2

11, March, 2010 – URGENT TO MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of Senate Bill-3659 which seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.

SB-3659 would extend the Zone Program for twenty (20) years similar to what was done by the 91st General Assembly and signed by the Governor in 2000. As one of the bill’s leading proponents the IEZA Membership represents more than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the zone professionals in the State of Illinois including the overwhelming majority of the ninety-seven (97) zones themselves. The IEZA and its leadership believe the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program to be of particular importance in today’s highly competitive world of economic development. Recent negative impacts to Illinois resulting from a national and global economic crisis make it even more important to preserve and extend this program.

SB-3659 as amended by Amendment #2 is supported by IEZA. This bi-partisan bill Sponsored by Senator Michael Frerichs (D) of Champaign and Chief Co-Sponsor Senator Gary Dahl (R) of Peru is a good example of both sides of the aisle demonstrating support for economic development in Illinois. IEZA appreciates their cooperation and urges the rest of the General Assembly to support the bill. IEZA also values the efforts of other sister organizations from across the State of Illinois including the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Chamber, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, Illinois Development Council and others who have worked to bring this extension legislation to the 96th General Assembly.

SB-3659 preserves one of the few available Illinois’ incentive programs. Further, it does so using mechanisms that primarily result in a self-funding methodology that utilizes local property tax abatement with formulas voluntarily created and agreed to by local taxing districts; building material sales tax exemptions initiated jointly by the State of Illinois and the local jurisdictions; and various other investment and income tax credits to incent projects through business income tax credit allowances. All of these incentives are governed under a “but for” imperative in the Enterprise Program which only grants incentives if a project is undertaken by an existing company for new investment in Illinois or for a new company coming to an Illinois enterprise zone. It is a quid pro quo that results in no incentive if there is no investment made or jobs created.

The past ten (10) years’ DCEO annual reports to the General Assembly on Enterprise Zone job retention, creation and investment total as follows:

Jobs Retained: 188,031
Jobs Created: 159,235
Total Investment: $ 29.423 billion

This successful record of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program speaks for itself. The past ten years of documented investments in buildings and capital equipment totaling nearly $30 billion have assured that nearly 350,000 Illinois citizens received or kept their jobs here in Illinois. These were only the direct jobs reported and do not include all of the untold spin off created by enterprise zone projects across the state. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program enabled those investments and helped to retain and create those jobs. By extending this valuable program SB-3659 will strengthen Illinois, create investment, and retain and create jobs for Illinois citizens.

Unless the General Assembly acts to extend the Zone Program, enterprise zones will soon begin to expire all across Illinois. The time is now to enact this extension legislation. The time is now to send a message that Illinois is interested in and wants to support economic development and business investment here in our great state.

Why Support SB-3659, Amendment #2?

  • SB-3659 preserves enterprise zones as a premier economic development tool in Illinois’ tool box. What else is out there to create the kind of incentives zones bring?
  • Illinois Enterprise Zones have a proven record of stimulating investment and job creation for both existing Illinois companies and for helping those companies from outside our state to decide to come to Illinois.
  • SB-3659 would result in increased investment and job retention and creation resulting in stabilized and increased state revenues.
  • Ask yourself “Is now the time to send a positive message to the citizens of Illinois that the General Assembly is serious about helping to preserve Illinois jobs?

We sincerely and respectfully ask you to support Senate Bill-3659 without further amendment and to enact it this spring session of the 96th General Assembly.

Illinois Enterprise Zone Association
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois 61270

John R. Thompson, President
Lee County Ind. Dev. Assn.
(815) 284-3361 (217) 422-9520
dchamber@essex1.com

J. Craig Coil, Vice President
EDC of Decatur and Macon County
ccoil@decaturedc.com

Other Officers and Board Members:

Betty Steinert, Past President
Whiteside County Economic Development

Barb Koch, Secretary
Illinois Valley Area Chamber and Economic Development

Cathy Schluckebeir, Treasurer
City of Quincy

Brandi Stennett, Board Member
City of Mt. Carmel

Janice Kerin, Board Member
St. Clair County

Nora Fesco-Ballerine, Board Member
North Central Illinois Council of Governments

Tom Henderson
Illinois Tax Increment Association

 

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Senate Bill 3659 position paper.pdf 63.11 Kb

Illinois Workforce Services Information presented at fall conference

ieza-worknet-map.jpgBlanche Shoup, Executive Director of LWIA Area #14 presented on “Displaced Workers EZ Tax Credit & Illinois Workforce Services” at the Fall IEZA Conference held September 9, 10 & 11 in Macomb, Illinois. Shoup’s presentation included current mapping and contact information for all LWIA districts across the State of Illinois.

Click on map for larger image.

The complete list of contacts is located …. (to come).

 

Dixon’s UPM Raflata Receives Award

ieza-upmaward.jpgIllinois Chamber and Illinois Development Council Present “Edies” to Recognize those who Imagine, Design, Invest, Build and Bring Jobs, Growth and Prosperity to Illinois Communities.

Five Illinois Economic Development projects were presented with Edie Awards at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Chicago June 25. Governor Pat Quinn, keynote speaker for the luncheon meeting, praised their accomplishments in creating jobs and investing in Illinois.

Edie Awards (E-D, for Economic Development) are given jointly by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council (IDC) to recognize economic development projects throughout Illinois that were completed last year. Winners were notified in May, and officials representing each winner were invited to receive their awards at the Chamber’s annual meeting at the Hilton Hotel. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke and LCIDA President John Thompson were in attendance to see representatives from UPM Raflatac, Inc. receive their Edie Award.

The company invested $109 million in a new pressure sensitive label stock manufacturing facility and distribution center in Dixon after a multi-state search covering 92 potential locations, including a final win against a site in Northwest Indiana. There are 115 employees working at the 287,000 square-foot plant.

The Edie Awards have up to fifteen categories based on geography (City of Chicago, Metropolitan Chicago or statewide projects) and development type: manufacturing, commercial, energy, technology and transportation/distribution. The Illinois Chamber and IDC asked for nominations from across the state for development projects completed in 2008 in any of those categories and had a joint awards committee review the nominees and determine the projects most worthy of an Edie Award.

Though the Illinois Chamber and IDC spend time and resources advocating policies to make Illinois a better place to do business, both organizations believe it’s also important to showcase recent accomplishments — especially when they translated into more jobs, tax base and economic vitality in our state.

The five winners of the 2009 Edie Award are as diverse as Illinois’ economy. To see the other winners or for more on this story, see the Illinois Chamber website, www.ilchamber.org.

2009 Fall Conference AGENDA and Brochure

leaves.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2009 Annual Fall Conference being held September 9-11, 2009 at the Macomb Hampton Inn in Macomb, IL.

A block of rooms will be held until August 12, 2009. For room reservations, call 309-837-6000 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $79 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, go to www.hamptoninn.com.

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article are the PDFs of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

GOLF! WIU-Harry Mussato Golf Course, www.golf.wiu.edu

  • Tee Times: 12:30, 12:40, & 12:50 p.m.
    Contact Terry Denison
    at 217-479-4627 or terry@jredc.org
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Evening Reception
    Come gather with your colleagues.  Beverages & heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Breakfast provided by Hampton Inn.

  • 9:00 – 9:15 A.M.:  Welcome/Opening Remarks
    By: Mayor Wisslead
  • 9:15 – 9:45 A.M.:  “Enterprise Zone Abatement Affects on School State Aid”
    By: James Mathes, ISBE
    One-on-one consultation in adjoining board room following tghis session.
  • 9:45 – 10:15 A.M.: Displaced Workers EZ Tax Credit & IL Workforce Services
    By Blance Shoup, Director of the Workforce Investment Office in Western Illinois (LWIA 14)
  • 10:15 – 10:30 A.M.: BREAK
  • 10:30 – 11:30 A.M: MAEDCO Enterprise Zone
    By: Kim Pierce, Director
  • 11:30 – 12:30 P.M.:  LUNCH
    Provided by IEZA
  • 12:45 – 1:00 P.M.: Load Bus Tours
    • 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.: Tours
      • Pella Corporation-Macomb Operations
      • Western Grain Marketing, LLC
      • Western Illinois Business & Technology Center
    • 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.: Dinner with Cash Bar

    Friday, September 11, 2009
    Breakfast provided by Hampton Inn

    • 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.: What is Prevaiing Wage and when does it Apply?
      Panel Discussion
    • 10:00 – 11:00 A.M: Prevailing Wage Legislation
      By: Steve McClure, President of Opportunity Alliance, LLC
    • 11:00 – 11:30 A.M: IEZA Membership Meeting & Election of Officers
      President, VP, Treasurer, Membership Chair-zone Administrators, & DCEO Liaison

    2010 CONFERENCES
    If you would like to host a conference in 2010 please advise one of the board members or email Betty at bsteinert@whiteside.org.

    Download Brochure to print your registration form.

    IEZA 2009 Fall Conference Brochure 93.60 Kb

    Sample Opposition letter posted

    Dear Members:

    Please find attached a sample letter with suggestions for you to use in defeating SB43 & HB63.  We suggest that you get every mayor, city council, county board chair, and county board members along with any industry and commercial property owners to send these letters to your senators and legislators.    Please add your own sample of what would happen to a project or projects in your zone.    It is very important that you pay close attention and make sure that you send letters right away.  Please do not delay, this may well be the most important opposition letter you have ever written.  I am faxing and mailing my letters to all senators and representatives in the state.

    Both the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council have sent members a notice of these bills and they are supporting our efforts to stop this adverse legislation.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact John or myself.

    Betty J. Steinert, President                      John Thompson, VP                                        
    bsteinert@whiteside.org                           dcchamber@essex1.com

    pdf Download SAMPLE Opposition letter to HB-063 and SB-043 62.75 Kb

     

    Revised 2009 Spring Conference AGENDA and Brochure

    ieza-dcch-image.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2009 Annual Fall Conference being held April 1-3, 2009 at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel in Decatur, IL.

    A block of rooms will be held until March 2, 2009. For room reservations, call 217-422-8800 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $82 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, go to www.hoteldecatur.com.

    The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article are the PDFs of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    •  1:00 – 7:00 p.m.:  Registration at Hotel
      Golfing available at Scovill Golf Club for those interested.  For tee times, contact Pro Shop at 217-429-6243. (See image lower right)
    • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Evening Reception
      Come gather with your colleagues.  Beverages & heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

    Thursday, April 2, 2009
    ieza-scovill-lawn.jpgBreakfast on your own.

    •  9:00 – 9:15 A.M.:  Welcome/Opening Remarks
      By: Ryan McCrady, City Manager of Decatur
    • 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.:  Review of 2009 IEZA
      Administrator’s Handbook
    • 10:30 – 10:45 A.M.:  Break
      10:45 – 11:30 A.M.:  Using Enterprise Zone
      Benefits in Decatur and Macon County, By: Craig Coil, President
      EDC of Decatur and Macon County 
    • 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.:  Lunch
      (Provided by IEZA)
    • 12:45 – 1:00 P.M.: Load Tour Bus
      Archer-Daniels-Midland Tour*
      NEW! Tate & Lyle North America
      NEW! *For ADM secruity, a list of tour attendees must be provided no later than 1 week prior to the conference.
    • 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.:  Cash Bar
    • 6:30 P.M.:  Dinner
      (Provided by IEZA)

    Friday, April 3, 2009
    Breakfast on your own.

    • 9:00 – 9:45 A.M.:  Legislation 101
      How can you effectively work with your legislatorson blocking or passing bills.
      By: Robbin Blackert,Legislative Aide to Rep. Jerry Mitchell
    • 9:45 – 10:30 A.M.:  IEZA Legislative Issues
      Legislation to extend termination dates, allow ethanol plants and wind farm sales tax exemptionsoutside of ezone boundaries, and change of acreage
      limits. By: John Thompson, IEZA VP / DCEO Board Rep. and Tom Henderson, IEZA Legislative Board Rep.
    • 10:30 – 11:00 A.M.: IEZA Membership Mtg.
      Efforts to stop bill connecting prevailing wages to ezone projects.
      By: Betty Steinert, IEZA President and John Thompson, IEZA VP / DCEO Board Rep.

    pdf April 2009 Spring Conference Brochure (revised 2/20/09) 308.35 Kb

     

    IEZA Opposes HB-063 and SB-043

    URGENT!

    The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) is opposed to House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043 which seek to expand the scope of Prevailing Wage in Illinois and would have the direct effect of killing the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program. Further, HB-063 and SB-043 have similar impacts on an undetermined number but certainly many of Illinois’ Tax Increment Redevelopment Districts (TIFs).

    HB-063 and SB-043 would expand the scope of Prevailing Wage to include nearly every project except for owner occupied residential in any enterprise zone in Illinois and would require Prevailing Wage for even those undertaken by the private sector including all commercial or industrial projects for new construction or renovation by new or existing businesses. This massive escalation of cost applied to virtually all work done in enterprise zones would be mandated by the language contained in HB-063 and SB-043. It would also apply to work performed on any equipment in the zone. Manufacturers simply cannot afford to be held to a prevailing wage mandate to perform “maintenance, repair, assembly, or disassembly work” on their equipment. 

    TIF Districts located in municipalities would suffer the same impacts from HB-063 and SB-043 if they are located within an Illinois Enterprise Zone. IEZA believes this is the case for many TIF Districts and Enterprise Zones across the State of Illinois. IEZA believes because of this that HB-063 and SB-043 have the potential to devastate the Enterprise Zone Program and TIF Program in Illinois and to seriously damage the Illinois economy, Illinois business environment and economic development in every corner of Illinois. 

    Enterprise zones are one of Illinois’ most important economic development tools used to enable the retention and recruitment of business investment and job creation throughout Illinois. When coupled with the direct effects of HB-063 and SB-043 on the TIF Program as well there is the potential to remove two of the most effective economic development programs we have. IEZA strongly OPPOSES HB-063 and SB-043.

    Why Oppose HB-063 and SB-043?

    • HB-063 and SB-043 expands prevailing wage beyond the current public works arena to any project in an Illinois enterprise zone including private sector projects. This is hugely different from the original purposes of the Prevailing Wage Act.
    • Cost increases that would result from HB-063 and SB-043 would be a major disincentive to investment and resultant job creation or retention by existing or new Illinois business enterprises.
    • In the case of municipalities, under HB-063 and SB-043, their own workers would fall under prevailing wage if they did any work in an enterprise zone. This would result in increased wage/benefit costs and potential administrative costs and accounting as well.
    • The Illinois economy needs business stimulation and strengthening of our incentive programs not further disincentives that erode our existing economic tools such as Enterprise Zone and TIF.
    • Compliance provisions of HB-063 and SB-043 are onerous on their own with written notices, penalties, contract and bond provisions and listings of “firsttier contractors” along with prohibitions on the hiring of contractors or subcontractors appearing on the DOL list of violators of the Act. In short… House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043 are BAD for Enterprise Zones; BAD for TIF Districts; BAD for business; BAD for economic development; BAD for Illinois; and BAD legislation.

    In short… House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043 are BAD for Enterprise Zones; BAD for TIF Districts; BAD for business; BAD for economic development; BAD for Illinois; and BAD legislation.

    Although House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043 are in early stages of the legislative process like their predecessor bill HB-0773 in the last General Assembly, IEZA has not seen any language either past or proposed that does anything in any of these bills but create the huge mess of problems listed in the bullet points above. IEZA believes that, based on the history of similar bills or whatever language may come forth House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043 should be opposed by any organization or individual in Illinois who desires to see our state able to compete with our neighboring states, region and the rest of the country.

    Contact your legislators immediately and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill-063 and Senate Bill-043!

    Illinois Enterprise Zone Association
    200 East Knox Street
    Morrison, IL 61270

    Betty Steinert, President
    815-772-5175
    bsteinert@whiteside.org

    John Thompson, Vice President
    815-284-3361
    dchamber@essex1.com

    2008 Fall Conference Presentations now online

    presentation.jpgThe presentations for the 2008 Annual Fall Conference held September 10-12 at Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria, Illinois have been made available for your convenience. 

    An FYI — several of these presentations are very large in size.  Please note the file size next to the name of the presentation before downloading. 

     

    Click on any image below to get a slideshow of each presentation cover. 

    Designated Zone Organization (DZO) Process by Susan Schlupp, City of Peoria, ED

      pdf DZO Presentation 7.35 Mb

     

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    Riverway Business Park by Dennis Kief, Pekin City Administrator

    pdf City of Pekin Presentation 11.78 Mb

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    East Peoria Downtown 2010 by Ty Livingston, City of East Peoria

    pdf East Peoria Downtown Presentation 6.29 Mb

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    Wind Turbines and How they Are Assessed by By: Wendy Ryerson and Ron Kane

    pdf Wind Assessment Presentation 5.42 Mb

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    Competing States Taxes & Incentives by John Gremer, KPMG

    pdf Competing States Tax Incentives Presentation 1.56 Mb

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    City of Washington

    pdf City of Washington Presentation 1.48 Mb

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