Greater Freeport Partnership Business Climate Update

One of the Greater Freeport Partnership’s goals is to be the resource for business data.  This monthly update will strive to provide some of this information. Employment Data If you are interested in detailed employment data, the Illinois Department of Employment...

Downtown Freeport Revitalization: The Foundation (Part 1)

The Greater Freeport Partnership’s 2019 strategic plan specifically calls out improvement to Downtown Freeport as one of its goals.  Why focus on downtown?  What about the rest of the County?  Because downtowns are generally considered to be the “heart” of a region. ...

Greater Freeport Partnership Workforce Initiative

As I’ve talked about before, the biggest threat to Stephenson County’s future prosperity is a lack of qualified workers.  This stems from both our shrinking and aging population base and from a skills mismatch with our current employers.  The effects of this problem...

Local Workers Wanted

On my information-gathering tour of Stephenson County’s employers, large and small, I’ve heard a consistent theme:  every business wants to attract more and higher quality workers.  With national unemployment under 4% and area unemployment at 5.3% (September 2018), it...