About Us

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Established in 1979, Growth Dimensions provides a progressive and cooperative environment which 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.

Growth Dimensions Staff:

Pamela Lopez-Fettes

Executive Director


Prior to joining Growth Dimensions, Pamela served as a Business Account Manager for the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance in which she was responsible for working with businesses to develop sector strategies, gap analysis and enhancing the delivery of services.  Pamela’s ability to establish and sustain strategic partnerships with business, education and economic development organizations has been instrumental to the region’s economy.

Pamela has over 30 years’ experience in workforce and training in several regions within Northern Illinois. Pamela has successfully secured grants, donors and in-kind contributions to support community and partnership initiatives. Pamela’s previous accomplishments include a founding member of the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, securing over $7 million in local and regional funds and developing a non-profit organization into a credible resource for the community.

Pamela graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology after receiving an Associate in Science from the College of DuPage.  In addition to her training in organizational development, she holds EMSI certification which allows her the ability to use labor market data to connect and inform people, education, and business.

For over 13 years, Pamela has resided with her family in Boone County and enjoys contributing to the community.  She has volunteered as a treasurer for the Boy Scouts of America, PTO member at Washington Elementary and is currently a catechist for St. James of Belvidere.



Joana Murati

Business Development Manager


Joana joined Growth Dimensions in October of 2015. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a double degree in Psychology and English. Wither  over 5 years of non-profit experience and now over a year in Economic Development, Joana is working towards becoming a certified Economic Developer through  the Illinois Economic Development Council.

Prior to Growth Dimensions, Joana worked at a private organization for underprivileged youth. Joana was responsible for creating daily newsletters that went out to a community of over 1 million members nationwide. Additionally, she held responsibility of organizing and implementing all school functions and athletic events that included all schools included in the IHSA.

Joana lives in Boone County with her husband and hopes to play a role in creating a better quality life for all of those living in Boone County through regional and collaborative efforts with community leaders, local businesses, and educational institutions.

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