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