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Nucor announces $180 million expansion of Bourbonnais steel plant

Nucor, a North Carolina-based steel manufacturer, announced Wednesday a $180 million expansion of its Bourbonnais mill, increasing capacity and bringing 50 new jobs to the Kankakee County village.

The plant, located 50 miles south of Chicago and built in 1961, employs 300 workers and produces rebar — a steel rod used in reinforced concrete — along with other steel products for manufacturing and construction.

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2012 Spring Conference Agenda & Brochure

(Revised agenda and brochure attached – as of 5/9/12)ieza-hilton

The IEZA has released the agenda for the 2012 Annual Spring Conference being held May 16-18, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL 62401. Room rate is $89 plus tax.  You must indicate you are part of the IEZA Conference when calling for your reservation.  Please call 217.540.7777 for reservations.

The brochure has a registration form with costs.  Please note that there are RSVPs required for meal events. 

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Noon to 5:00 p.m.:  IEZA Golf Outing
    Contact: Emily McConville (815) 539-7459
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception
    (Open Bar and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Craig Coil, IEZA President
    Honorable Merv Gillenwater, Mayor – City of Effingham
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Spotlight on Effingham
    Learn about all of the Zone activity and development in Effingham, the “Crossroads of Opportunity”
    Todd Hull, Economic Development Director, Effingham Enterprise Zone Administrator
  • 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:  BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: State to State Business Tax Comparisons
    John F. Gremer, Partner – State and Local Tax
    KPMG – Chicago
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.:  LUNCH / BREAK
    Growing Illinois Marketing Initiative Overview
    Janet Mathis, Executive Director, Renew Moline
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Boundary Amendment Case Study
    Archer Daniels Midland Rail Yard and Intermodal Facility
    Project Background and Overview, Benedetto (Ben) Guido, VIA RAIL Logistics, LLC
    Enterprise Zone Boundary Amendment Process
    Craig Coil, EDC of Decatur and Macon County
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  BREAK
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.:  Boundary Amendment Case Study, TCI Manufacturing and Equipment Sales, Inc.
    Hear how TCI worked with local officials on a boundary expansion to the Zone and incorporated new taxing districts into a new property tax abatement agreement. Mike Maynard, President, TCI Manufacturing
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  Open Forum
    At the request of many members, this is an open topic session where program experts can answer general questions about zone operations and application processes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to ???:  Dinner (On Your Own)
    IEZA and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide suggestions at the conference.

Friday, May 18, 2012

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:  Breakfast Buffet
  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Legislative Update
    Update on the Enterprise Zone termination date extension legislation and related items of interest to all IEZA members
    Craig Coil, IEZA President
    John Thompson, Legislative Chairman
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:Open Discussion
    Learn about and discuss how zones across the state implement accountability and performance standards for Zone projects.
    • Topics will include:
      • Pre-Development Agreements
      • Clawback Agreements
      • Local Enterprise Zone Abatement Processes.
        John “Jamie” Boyd, Kankakee County States Attorney and IEZA Presenters
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:  BREAK
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Illinois’ Competitive Edge from a Site Selectors Perspective
    Matthew Adams, Real Estate & Location Strategy Practice, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.: IEZA Board/Business Meeting

pdf2012 Spring Conference Brochure (revised 5/9/12)686.69 KB

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

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).

 

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

    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

     

    Raflatac Opens New Plant in Dixon with Ribbon Cutting

    topstory.jpgRaflatac putting stock in Dixon by opening new plant

    Amid the whirring and buzzing of machines working at full capacity, hundreds turned out for Thursday’s grand opening of UPM Raflatac, where they nibbled on ahi tuna, sipped champagne and listened to a live band while touring the cutting-edge labelstock manufacturer.

    About 250 of the Finnish-based company’s executives, business partners and suppliers Ñ representing half the countries of Europe and some in South America and Asia Ñ as well as employees and city officials attended the lavishly appointed event.

    Raflatac President Heikki Pikkarainen, Jouko Lahepelto, senior vice president of the Americas, and Mayor Jim Burke spoke before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    “Even though times are tough, over the years, I’m confident this will be successful to suppliers, customers and the local community,” Pikkarainen said, acknowledging the slumping U.S. economy.

    Helsinki-based Raflatac actually stands to benefit from the weak U.S. dollar. The company was able to complete construction of the Dixon facility $9 million under its $109 million budget and ahead of schedule.

    “This new factory is a great example of how U.S. manufacturing can compete in a global market,” Pikkarainen said.

    Burke read a letter of congratulations from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who wrote that Illinois now is the fifth-largest exporting state in the nation.

    John Thompson, president of the Lee County Industrial Development Association, said the new company will provide great economic opportunity for the region.

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    Dixon landed the labelstock factory with the help of a $4.5 million grant from Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

    The state gave Raflatac a business investment package that included 10 years of corporate income tax credits, based on job creation, plus money for employee training and a grant for infrastructure costs and site improvements. The company also is eligible for additional tax credits and exemptions because it is in an enterprise zone.

    “The economic impact is comparable to a huge boulder being thrown into a placid lake,” Burke said, because of the construction and factory jobs created, building materials purchased, payroll dollars that go into the community and tax revenues.

    The company began looking for a Midwest location in 2006, after completing its second coating line in Fletcher, N.C.; it wanted to create a “service-area triangle” with its distribution center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Pikkarainen said.

    After considering numerous sites in five states, it narrowed its selection to four Illinois towns, and Dixon came out on top.

    The logistics, operating environment and the local population’s down-to-earth demeanor “fits very well with our heritage and culture,” Pikkarainen said.

    Lahepelto also touched on the company’s efforts to help with environmental sustainability. Raflatac’s production process uses less energy and environmentally friendly adhesives. Also, in an effort to minimize waste, the company has developed a wood-plastic composite from its self-adhesive waste that’s ideal for patio decks.

    In fact, the floor and stage where the celebration took place was built of the new “ProFi” material, which the company plans to market.

    Jim Miller, president of Joshua Label Co., of Perrysburg, Ohio, made the five-and-a-half hour drive to the event.

    “I felt strongly enough about their presence in the market. I think they are positioned favorably to pick up a lot of business in this region,” Miller said.

    Miller’s company only has four employees. “It’s very easy to do business with them, because they understand how to deal with a small producer,” he said.

    Raflatac purchased 60 acres so it has room to expand if it chooses, Thompson said. Related vendors and suppliers also may choose to locate here.

    Story by Sauk Valley News, Malinda Osborne at (815) 625-3600
    or (800) 798-4085, ext. 526.