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Champaign Among Fastest-Growing Cities in Illinois

San Francisco, CA (April 8, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the fastest-growing cities in Illinois – and Champaign ranked third. A hub of central Illinois, Champaign is home to the University of Illinois flagship campus and saw median incomes in town grow by 32.2% between 2009 and Read more »

Champaign County EDC Announces Rost as New Executive Director

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce Craig Rost as the new Executive Director. Rost was chosen as the top candidate after a search and evaluation that included EDC Board members and community leaders. Rost’s first day of work is set for Thursday, May 1, 2014. Rost has been dedicated to expanding Read more »

2014 Innovation Celebration Winners Announced

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Over 250 people gathered at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications for the Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of February 27th to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic Read more »

Montague Earns Accredited Business Planning Advisor (ABPA) Designation

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC is pleased to announce that Tim Montague, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist, has successfully attained the professional Accredited Business Planning Advisor designation (ABPA). Montague attended the Accredited – Certified Business Planning Advisor training in Orlando in late 2013, and passed the required comprehensive credential Read more »

Cravens Earns Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) Certification

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Champaign County EDC is pleased to announce that Kathie Cravens, International Trade Specialist, recently passed the NASBITE International, Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) examination. The organization examined a record 243 candidates during the five days of testing conducted on December 10-15, 2013, with an average pass rate Read more »

Champaign County EDC Business Attraction: Choices Inc. to Open Office in Urbana, IL

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Choices, Inc. has chosen Champaign County as its new East Central Illinois service base. Choices signed with County Plaza in downtown Urbana after months of working with the EDC on choosing a new site to locate. The company will occupy roughly 6,500 square feet Read more »

Yahoo Breaks Ground for New Facility in Champaign

Article Source: University of Illinois Research Park Champaign, IL – Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) broke ground on a new state-of-the-art facility that will serve as an important expansion of its Champaign, IL technology hub. Leaders from Yahoo, State of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and City of Champaign announced plans for the new building and Read more »

Unit 4 and Champaign County EDC to Host Twitter Chat on New Central Site

Champaign County EDC is partnering with Champaign Unit 4 School District to host another #AskUnit4 Twitter chat to share information and answer community questions about the newly selected site for Central High School. The #AskUnit4 chat will take place on Tuesday, February 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Twitter. Participants will have the Read more »

2014 Innovation Celebration Finalists Announced

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The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce finalists for the Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth Read more »

Champaign County EDC Reveals New Strategic Plan & Highlights Products Made in Champaign County at Annual Meeting

More than 150 people gathered at the Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, IL for the 2013 Champaign County EDC Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The meeting highlighted the organization’s FY13 activities, showcased products and innovation Made in Champaign County (#MadeInCC), and revealed the organization’s new Strategic Plan. Products were on display from the following Read more »

Economic Development Group Seeks to Create New Jobs in County

Article Source: The Daily Illini The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation recently set its two-year goals, which include providing support to create 3,000 new jobs in Champaign County. Over the next two years, the corporation aims to attract $225 million in new private investment to Champaign County, assist companies to grow payroll by $132 million Read more »

JSM to Offer Fastest Internet Service in the Country

Article Source: JSM Apartments CHAMPAIGN, IL —  JSM, the leading student apartment and property development company in Champaign, announces it will feature an astonishing 10 gigabit (Gbps) internet connection, equivalent to 10,000 megabits-per-second (Mbps), at their Green Street Towers property, a luxury seven-story student apartment complex serving students attending the University of Illinois. This internet Read more »

Champaign Unit 4 School District Highlights Facilities in New Video

Article Source: Champaign Unit 4 School District In an effort to provide information to the public about how Champaign Unit 4 School District has used funds from the county-wide 1% sales tax, the District has released a video highlighting its new and renovated facilities. The work done at Garden Hills Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Read more »

New International Trade Specialist Joins Local Small Business Development Center

  The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation has hired Kathie Cravens as its International Trade Specialist for the new International Trade Center, a partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cravens was the top candidate following a search Read more »

Anheuser-Busch InBev Unveils ‘Bud Lab’ at the University of Illinois Research Park

Article Source: UI Research Park LEUVEN, BELGIUM – August 30, 2013 – AB InBev, the leading global brewer has announced a partnership with the University of Illinois, and will open the Bud Lab, a state of the art data analytics center, at the University of Illinois Research Park at the beginning of next month. The Bud Lab will focus on Read more »

#AskUnit4 Twitter Chats for Back-to-School Scheduled for August 6 and 7

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Champaign Unit #4 Schools will kick off a new series of Twitter chats during the first week of August that cover various topics relevant to the District and Champaign County. The first two chats—scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 from 4-5 p.m. and Wednesday, August 7 from 10-11 a.m.—will Read more »

EDC Open Position: International Trade Specialist

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Champaign County EDC is seeking to hire an International Trade Specialist for the new International Trade Center who will provide in-depth advice on international trade techniques, export processes, and international market opportunities to companies. Other duties include: conducting market research, evaluating export capabilities and readiness of local Read more »

New International Trade Center Expected to Increase Global Trade for Region

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CHAMPAIGN, IL, July 12, 2013 – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation are pleased to announce the opening of a new International Trade Center (ITC). The ITC will be housed in the Read more »

Meeting Notice: Small Business Development Center Advisory Board

The Illinois Small Business Development Center Advisory Board will have their initial meeting on Friday, July 12th at 9 am at the Champaign County EDC office. SBDC Advisory Board Meeting Notice: 7-12-13

Tech Jobs Continue to Grow in Champaign County: Intel to Hire 9 Positions

CHAMPAIGN, IL, June 19, 2013 – Champaign County’s reputation as a technology hub is clearly growing, as evidenced by the increasing number of technology openings at local tech companies like Intel and Yahoo. In fact, Intel is seeking to hire nine technology positions at their local office. Intel’s open positions are in parallel systems, technical Read more »

EnterpriseWorks Named a College-Town Incubator to Watch by Inc. Magazine

Article Source: UI Research Park An article in the June 2013 issue of Inc. Magazine declares EnterpriseWorks, the technology business incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park, as one of three college-town incubators worth watching. The article highlights some of the incubator’s strengths, including entrepreneur counseling and support. It also mentions that EnterpriseWorks clients and Read more »

Illinois Added 3,400 Tech Jobs Last Year

Article Source: Crain’s Chicago Business Illinois outpaced the nation in tech-job growth last year, but several of our neighboring states grew faster. Illinois added 3,400 tech jobs last year, an increase of 1.6 percent, outpacing the U.S. gain of 1.1 percent, according to the Cyberstates report from the TechAmerica Foundation, a tech trade association. But Read more »

Champaign Gets ‘Bronze’ Bike-Friendly Status

Article Source: The News-Gazette CHAMPAIGN — The city can now boast its “bicycle friendly community” status after it was one of 17 new cities listed by the League of American Bicyclists on Monday. Champaign entered the ranking as a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community. Five other Illinois cities are ranked — including Urbana, which achieved its bronze Read more »

Greg Gonda Receives Accredited Business Planning Advisor (ABPA) Designation

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CHAMPAIGN, IL – Gregory J. Gonda, the Illinois Small Business Development Center Director has successfully attained the professional Accredited Business Planning Advisor designation (ABPA). Mr. Gonda attended Accredited – Certified Business Planning Advisor training in New Orleans this past September at the National Association of Small Business Development Center’s 2012 Annual Meeting. This advanced training Read more »

Millennial Entrepreneurs Event to be Held May 1st

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Contact: Carly McCrory, Communications Director Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (217) 359-6261 carly@champaigncountyedc.org www.champaigncountyedc.org @CHCEDC CHAMPAIGN, IL – Enterprising youth and their impact on economic development will be the topic of discussion at two events to be held on May 1, 2013 starting at 3 pm at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. Read more »

Local plant to expand for storage

Article Source: The News-Gazette CHAMPAIGN — A $2.4 million addition to the Silgan White Cap facility in Champaign will enable the container-lid manufacturer to store more materials in-house, the plant manager said. Sam Finch said the plant in Interstate Research Park will add 71,620 square feet to the west side of its building this year, Read more »

2013 Innovation Celebration Winners

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Over 200 people gathered at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications for the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of February 28th to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic Read more »

2013 Innovation Celebration Finalists

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Champaign, IL The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois’ Technology Entrepreneur Center, Research Park, Office of Corporate Relations, Office of Technology Management, and Office of the Vice President for Research, along with NCSA, Parkland College, Singleton Law Firm, Serra Ventures, Hanson Financial, Ramshaw Real Estate and Surface 51 are pleased to sponsor Read more »

Champaign County EDC Partners with Champaign Unit 4 Schools for #AskUnit4 Twitter Chat Series

Champaign County EDC is partnering with Champaign Unit 4 Schools to implement a series of Twitter chats on various topics relevant to the school district and Champaign County. The first #AskUnit4 Twitter chat will take place on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 2-4 pm on Twitter. The first hour will be dedicated to questions about Read more »

New Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Specialist Announced

NEW TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPECIALIST JOINS LOCAL SMALL BUSINES DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has selected Tim Montague, M.S., CFRE as its new Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist. Montague was the top candidate following a 3-month search and comprehensive evaluation and interview process that Read more »

Shahid Khan on 60 Minutes

Shahid Khan, University of Illinois grad and Urbana business owner (Flex-N-Gate) was recently featured on 60 Minutes. The story details his life to the United States, his time as a college student at the University of Illinois, his business success, his recent purchase of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, and his dedication to giving back Read more »

Save the Date for the 2013 Innovation Celebration Event

Innovation Celebration provides recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in the community. Innovation Celebration is not merely an award Read more »

Three Champaign County Companies Make Inc. 5000 – Fastest Revenue Growth

Three companies headquartered in  Champaign County, IL made the Inc. 5000 list for fastest revenue growth in 2011.  EP Technology Company, maker of video surveillance equipment including digital video recorders and network video recorders, came in a No. 636 experiencing 569% revenue growth from 2008 to 2011.   Midwest Underground Technology Inc., developer, constructor and Read more »

Champaign County EDC New President and CEO Announced

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 11, 2012   CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has selected Mike Kirchhoff as its new President/CEO.  Kirchhoff emerged as the top candidate following a six-month nationwide search and a comprehensive evaluation and interview process that included both CCEDC and community Read more »

UC2B Update: Minority firm wins contract for UC2B work

Article Source: The News-Gazette, Patrick Wade, June 12, 2012 CHAMPAIGN — After putting forward an “alternative” bidding process, city officials and community members are hoping that a $1.6 million contract with a minority-owned firm will open up more job opportunities for the city’s underserved neighborhoods. And the company’s owner says he knows how important the Read more »

Final plat approved for distribution center site

Article Source: The News-Gazette, Dave Hinton, May 31, 2012 RANTOUL — The village board will be asked to approve the final plat for a subdivision of land that could be the site of a nearly 800,000-square-foot distribution center west of the village. The name of the company and what would be distributed from the new Read more »