Freeport Economic Development in Freeport Illinois

Address and phone number for Freeport Economic Development, an Economic Development Agency, at West Stephenson Street, Freeport IL.


Name
Freeport Economic Development
Address
27 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois, 61032
Phone
815-233-1350
Fax
815-235-4038

About the Freeport Economic Development

The Freeport Economic Development, located in Freeport, IL, is a government agency that promotes business activity and development in the Stephenson County area. The Economic Development Agency (EDA) attracts and retains business, promotes development to increase employment and the tax base, and encourages a thriving economic environment in Freeport. The EDA also offers small business support programs and land development programs.

You may contact the Economic Development Office for questions about:
  • Freeport Economic Development programs and services
  • City and community development
  • Job creation, training, and workforce development
  • Stephenson County Economic Development funds
  • EDA grants and funding
Freeport Business and Workforce Development

The Economic Development Office promotes the Stephenson County area for business development, highlighting Freeport as a favorable location to do business. The EDA works closely with Stephenson County Chambers of Commerce and business groups to market the region for business development. To promote business, the EDA creates marketing materials, creates promotional advertising, and organizes Stephenson County business expos. In addition to business development, the Economic Development Office promotes workforce development through job creation programs and training opportunities.

Land Development Programs in Freeport, IL

In Freeport, the Economic Development Center seeks developers for undeveloped land or areas in need of redevelopment. They market development opportunities and identify obstacles to development, such as site contamination or a lack of funding. The Freeport Economic Development maintains an inventory of available commercial land and commercial building space in Freeport to match developers, landlords, and business owners with prime locations.

Small Business Support Programs

As part of its business development agenda, the Economic Development Agency offers small business support programs. These programs provide ombudsmen services, support small businesses with licensing and Stephenson County permitting requirements, and connect small businesses with bidding opportunities for government contracts.

Economic Development Grants & Loans

The Economic Development Office administers Stephenson County grants and loans. These include Brownfield Redevelopment grants, facade improvement grants, and Stephenson County public improvement grants. Businesses can also qualify for Stephenson County loan programs, often with below-market interest rates and less stringent credit requirements than business loans from traditional financing institutions.

Stephenson County Tax Incentives

In Illinois, the Economic Development Corporation administers tax incentives for businesses that expand or relocate within the jurisdiction. Funding for tax incentives may come from the Illinois state level, the Stephenson County level, or the Freeport level. The Economic Development Office offers tax incentives or tax abatements on the theory that new businesses or expanding businesses generate job opportunities in Stephenson County and thus increase the tax base.

Contact the Freeport Economic Development

You may contact the Freeport Economic Development by calling 815-233-1350, or by addressing inquiries to the office mailing address: Freeport Economic Development, 27 West Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois, 61032.


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