Growth Dimensions partners with ComEd in responding to area businesses’ needs

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BELVIDERE, Ill. — Growth Dimensions and ComEd maintain a strong partnership designed to retain jobs and investments in the community through the ComEd Business Visitation Program.

Growth Dimensions is beginning another cycle of business visitations in Belvidere-Boone County. The award-winning ComEd program helps ensure existing businesses in northern Illinois remain economically viable.

The program examines issues such as workforce quality, recruiting, expansion plans, competitive challenges and overall satisfaction with the community as a place to do business.

With ComEd’s help, representatives from Growth Dimensions will conduct face-to-face visits with area businesses to explore these issues.

Kelly Galluzzo, Growth Dimensions executive director, noted: “We are anticipating another round of one-on-one meetings with our local companies. Our commitment to the businesses of Belvidere-Boone County is stronger than ever, and these visits will help us keep our finger on the pulse of the local business community.

Existing businesses are one of the most important assets of our community because these are the companies who are making the capital investments in Belvidere-Boone County right now,” she added. “We appreciate what they do for this community, and would like to continue to make a better climate for businesses and build a relationship of understanding.”

Growth Dimensions Board Chairman Dick Van Evera added, “The ComEd Business Visitation Program is a tool to ensure that we can proactively address any challenges area businesses face as early as possible.”

Based on visits with local businesses, ComEd will conduct a confidential and detailed analysis using a software program called Synchronist, an advanced business information system that identifies key trends and issues affecting local manufacturing firms. Using this analysis, Growth Dimensions will work with ComEd to proactively address the likelihood that any issues identified would have a negative impact on the business or economic climate.

Sheila Owens, vice president of Economic Development for Growth Dimensions, said: “We want to make sure that businesses have the tools and resources they need to create a stronger, sustainable future here in northern Illinois. We tailor our approach based on a business’ individual needs; it’s all about the customer. As a major economic engine for Illinois, we’re committed to serving the communities where our employees and customers live and work.”

Established in 1979, Growth Dimensions provides a progressive and cooperative environment that improves the quality of life by fostering economic opportunity and personal growth. With economic development partners throughout Belvidere-Boone County, Growth Dimensions is advancing a coordinated economic development strategy to create jobs, promote community assets and stimulate capital investment through business retention and attraction efforts.

Posted June 19, 2014

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