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Morrison, IL (August 31, 2020) - Last Wednesday night, August 26, over 170 film fans converged on the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Sterling, IL, for the First Annual Northwest Illinois Film Festival. Most came from the Northwest Illinois region, some from Chicagoland, and one flew in from Los Angeles. According…
Morrison, IL (August 7, 2020) - The Northwest Illinois Film Office will be hosting the First Annual Northwest Illinois Film Festival on August 26, 2020, at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Sterling. The festival is billed as a “Shorts-A-Palooza”, and is a celebration of Illinois Indie Filmmakers featuring several short…
May 27, 2020 – On Sunday, May 24, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released the Phase 3 Guidelines for Reopening Businesses and Returning People to Work Safely,  and from all appearances, Whiteside County is set to begin Phase 3 of Illinois’ reopening plan.
Morrison, IL (May 22, 2020) - Despite all the terrible news about the U.S. economy because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there some pockets of activity going on in the Whiteside County/Northwest Illinois region.  While the State’s unemployment rate for April hit 16.4%, several businesses in the region are hiring, and…
During the past few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Whiteside County Economic Development has been in touch with local businesses in the Northwest Illinois Region, gathering information from these businesses, and providing information regarding the COVID-19 response from Federal, State and local resources. While several businesses are in dire need…
COVID-19 FEDERAL AND STATE LOANS, GRANTS, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND LEAVE.  A comprehensive resource guide provided to us by the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA).    
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has provided many links to Federal & State Programs to aid in the Covid-19 pandemic.  
GIS Planning has released a free, interactive GIS tool to map the spread and impact of COVID-19 for US economic developers.
URGENT: Manufacturers Needed - Production for COVID-19 Response You may have seen this before, but there is a need for manufacturers to assist to produce needed supplies.Please read the following article to see how you can help.
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