January 2007

betty2.jpgWelcome to the new web site of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA)!

When I became President last year, one of my goals was to have a new web site created for the organization. One, in which we could promote the successes we have had in our zones due to the benefits of the Enterprise Zone program. I also wanted an easier and more efficient way to reach our audience with updated information that can help all of us do the best job we can for the program.

Valuable Resource

Our new website is inviting, well organized and provides a comprehensive store of information designed to educate our members, enterprise zone administrators, developers and other public and private partner organizations. Affinity AV New Media Design, has and continues to do a great job on our new site. John Thompson and I have been working closely with Jack Hughes and Jayne Rose to create the website our organization really needed. I think they have done a great job and look forward to continuing to work with them.

New Zone Directory

We have completely overhauled our Enterprise Zone directory for the new website. Finding out who the contact is for any given part of Illinois is as simple as clicking on the Illinois map by county or by simply using our search box. Each listing shows where in Illinois they are located, which counties and communities they serve and the administrator's complete contact information. IEZA members are highlighted in our listings to show their contribution to our association.

Next Up – Email Newsletters

Our next project will be to broadcast email newsletters to all IEZA paid members containing information, concerns and updates on not only what the board has been working on but also our partner organizations such as Illinois Development Council (IDC) and the Illinois Tax Increment Tax Association (ITIA). Our website will allow us to capture email subscription requests and automatically oversee the "opt-in" confirmation process to conform to conform to "can the spam" laws. Obviously, publishing email newsletters is an incredibly efficient way for us to communicate with you on items of importance to the Enterprise Zone Program in Illinois, so please go to our homepage to subscribe to our email list and keep in sync with our work.

Get Us Your Stories!

Now that newsletter publishing will be shifting from print to the web and email, we will be publishing more on what is happening with enterprise zones in Illinois. So please keep us updated on what's new and exciting in your neck of the woods. You can contact me at bsteinert@whtieside.org or JoEllen Seil at wedg@shawneelink.net with your news.

We hope you find our new web site helpful and informative and please don't hesitate to give us ideas on how we can continue to make it useful to all our members.

January 2006

Dear Members,

A new year is almost upon us. I can’t believe it was just New Year’s 2005! Have I been that busy? I think we have all been that busy and that is a good thing in my book. With the application for extensions of termination dates (don’t forget to get yours done if you haven’t), the additions of new territory for projects, and submitting those site selection requests consumes a lot of time. I hope you have all been as busy as I have.

One of the best ways to spend your time wisely is to be a member of the Illinois Enterprise Zone (IEZA) and attend the administrator training sessions and conferences. This is where and when you will find out how to correctly write applications, answer sales tax exemption questions, keep updated on any pending changes in the law pertaining to enterprise zones, help suggest new legislation when needed, and see what is happening in other zones in the state. Networking with other zone administrators is so valuable to your job and if you aren’t a member or participating you should be! 2006 looks to be an exciting year, with the administrators’ training session scheduled for April in the Rockford area and the fall conference to be held in Whiteside County in October. For the administrators’ training, the board is working on a good panel of presenters and topics. I know it will be very educational for all.

At the fall conference I will plan tours of some of the new and existing projects in the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone. Some exciting things have been happening around here and I look forward to showcasing them.

The board is always looking forparticipants in planning these training sessions and if you would like to make a presentation or have someone you feel would be of interest, please let us know.

Our board worked hard at the board retreat in November and got a lot accomplished for the next year. We will meet again in February so if you have any suggestions on how we can make the IEZA a better organization, please let me know before then.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Denison for serving as president the past two years!

I am looking forward to serving as your president of the Illinois Enterprise Zone for the next two years. Please have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Betty J. Steinert,
IEZA President