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Chicago region (including McHenry County!) named top business location site for 10 straight years!

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Please take a moment to scroll down to see new advancements this week as we move forward in McHenry County. If MCEDC can be of any help, please call. Forward this email to your friends and family to help get the word out!


Chicago region named top business location site for 10th straight year

For the 10th consecutive year, Site Selection Magazine has named the Chicago region the top metropolitan area in the US for business site selection and corporate relocation.

The magazine reported that the Chicago metro area saw a record number of new and expanding corporate locations, beating out every other region in the nation.

Among the advantages cited in the magazine’s ranking was the recent launch of the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership. The organization unites McHenry County with Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and Will counties, and the City of Chicago, into an alliance to promote regional economic development and enhance our collective participation in the global economy.

Site Selection Magazine, according to its website, publishes information to help business expansion planners make informed decisions. It recently named Illinois the number one state in the Midwest for workforce development.


Industry breakfast touts. Advance McHenry County successes

High School District 155 recently had an industry breakfast bringing together students and business leaders to demonstrate the success of the Career Experiences Program.

The program, funded through a $1.5 million Advance McHenry County grant, provides D-155 students with an opportunity to explore careers they’re interested in before they graduate high school. Click here to watch a video highlighting the program.

Students from each D-155 school eloquently discussed their experiences, and took advantage of the gathering to network with local business leaders. We never get tired of seeing the fruit being borne through the Advance McHenry County program, which invests federal COVID-19 relief funding directly into thoughtful and impactful community programs.


Huntley Chamber Business Expo set for March 18

Save the date for the upcoming Huntley Chamber of Commerce Home, Business & Wellness Expo!

The well-attended and popular expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Huntley Park District, 12015 Main St. Admission is free, and there’s fun for all ages, including adoptable pets!

The expo is one of seven events being held in March alone by the vibrant and dynamic Huntley Chamber. To learn more about it, visit its website at, and check out their Facebook page.


McHenry County Government wins workplace

mental health award

McHenry County Government’s work environment and benefits has earned it recognition from a nationwide mental health advocacy group.


Mental Health America has awarded McHenry County its Gold-level Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health. The award, created in 2019, recognizes employers nationwide who are leading the charge to improve worker mental health and well-being.


Among the items the advocacy group recognized in its citation are the county’s expanding Wellness Program, its anti-bullying policy, quality health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and other benefits.


McHenry County government is always hiring – click here to learn about open positions and follow the social media hashtag #work4McH to keep abreast of new opportunities!


Treasurer opens electronic portal for passport appointments

People looking to apply for passports through the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office can now schedule appointments electronically, as well as access additional service improvements.

First-time applicants, and certain people seeking to renew expiring passports, can access the new online scheduling system by visiting the Treasurer’s Office website and selecting the “Schedule Your Appointment” button. Applicants may also walk in without an appointment if staff is available.

You can learn more by clicking here.


Looking for St. Patrick’s Day fun?

If you’re looking for places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in McHenry County. look no further than our friends at Naturally McHenry County!

Whether you’re in the mood for themed events – like the Sham-ROCKS the Fox festival or Richmond’s village celebration – or just a new place to order a pint and some corned beef and cabbage, you can find what you’re looking for by visiting Naturally McHenry County’s websitesocial media pages, or by downloading its free app for Google or Apple.

And it needs to be said – please celebrate responsibly.


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What is Resume McHenry County?

Resume McHenry County is a collaborative initiative being implemented by McHenry County and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) in partnership with the McHenry County community, including cities and villages, businesses and residents. The goal is to ensure a successful reopening of our economy so that we can return to our lifestyles safely and responsibly.