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Growth Dimension Launches New Website and Boone County Anthem Video

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Growth Dimensions Launches New Website

and Boone County Anthem Video


Growth Dimensions is pleased to announce the launch of its new cutting-edge website: The new site is designed to showcase the character of Boone County and its business community. The website also includes the professionally produced video entitled Boone County Anthem.

Belvidere-Boone County is strategically located in relation to major expanding markets for goods, services and suppliers. The area is part of the budding I-39 and I-90 Logistics corridor, close to major employment centers and is served by interstates, rail and air service.  Boone County is the heart of the Midwestern industrial belt and is only one hour from Chicago. 

Major corporations in automotive, food processing, and manufacturing grow and prosper in Boone County, including Chrysler, General Mills, Dean Foods, Grupo Antolin, Franklin Display Group and others.

The new website, a virtual repository for economic development information for Boone County, offers a streamlined user experience. The new sleek and vivid site features pages covering topics of: Business Growth, Workforce Development, Community Living, as well as News and Events. Other important components include demographic, labor and educational statistics, maps, current images, featured sites and buildings, and information on incentives such as the Belvidere-Boone County Enterprise Zone. The site enables the user to easily access all of this useful and timely information in a clear-cut and organized format. The website was designed with the mobile visitors in mind, automatically adjusting itself to fit different screen widths to accommodate computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

Then Boone County Anthem video weaves together business, workforce, and the quality of life in Boone County to tell the story of why this is a great place to live, work, and play. We invite you to view and share the video. Growth Dimensions is committed to being Boone County’s biggest champion and will continue to tell its story and the many stories of the businesses and people in the community.

“The website and the video are tools that demonstrate Growth Dimension’s commitment to economic development in Boone County. They will serve as important resources to those seeking to learn about doing business here as well as how to do it,” stated Growth Dimensions Executive Director, Kelly Galluzzo.



 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.

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OSF HealthCare Announces New Center for Health in Belvidere

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 Officials at OSF HealthCare have announced plans to open a new OSF Center for Health Belvidere in Belvidere, IL.



The Belvidere office will be located within an existing facility at 1954 Gateway Center Drive, on the corner of Route 20 and Genoa Road. Construction is expected to be complete in late March 2014. The one-story build­ out includes almost 12,000 square feet of interior space. Services available at the new location will include primary care, OSF PromptCare and outpatient testing,including lab and digital imaging,mammography, CT, MRI,ultrasound and bone density testing. In addition, physical therapy will be offered in a building adjacent to the main structure. The OSF Medical Group primary care space will have 15 exam rooms, which will eventually accommodate up to five providers. In addition, a new service that allows patients to check-in through self-check-in kiosks will be available.

The providers, Katerina Doronila-Hughes, MD, Kashif Zaheer, MD, Carol Perenchio, CNP, and staff at the current OSF Medical Group Belvidere office at 143 Kishwaukee St. will move to the new location. The phone number for the primary care providers will remain the same (815) 544-7400.

Dr. Jeffry Tillery, vice president of OSF Medical Group Northern Region, said, “We are pleased to be relocating and expanding our Belvidere office. This move will allow us to offer more services to the community with the same commitment to service, quality and safety we have always offered. We look forward to opening this new office and the impact it brings to improve the health of Belvidere and surrounding communities.”

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U.S. Sales of Belvidere-Built Vehicles Back to 1998 Levels

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Dealers in the U.S. sold 15,374 Dodge Darts, Jeep Compasses and Jeep Patriots in October. Those three vehicles are put together by about 4,500 workers at Chrysler Group LLC’s assembly plant in Belvidere.

The October 2013 sales were 25.6 percent higher than October 2012 and extended a string of 14 straight months that sales of Belvidere-built vehicles were higher year over year.

But the gains for Chrysler from its Belvidere plant are bigger than that. The October sales were the highest for that month since 1998 when dealers sold 19,281 Dodge and Plymouth Neons.

Overall, dealers in the U.S. sold 140,083 Chrysler vehicles, an 11 percent increase from last year. That marked the 43rd straight month of year over year gains.

Read: RRStar Article

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Belvidere’s Community Cupboard gets $5,000 Grant

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Belvidere’s school-based food pantry now has $5,000 in funding thanks to the General Mills Foundation, 
which distributed the grant on behalf of the Belvidere Community Action Council.

The Community Cupboard serves Belvidere School District #100 students and families and its director saidthe grant came at a great time.

“With the holidays around the corner and students eating more meals at home, the timing of the grant is perfect,” Shannon Hanson said.

The pantry is housed in a classroom in the school district and is open every Thursday, including breaks and summer months, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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Belvidere Chrysler Production Back to Pre-recession Levels

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The more than 4,500 workers at Chrysler Group LLC’s Belvidere assembly plant turned out 30,578 vehicles in August, marking the first time production topped 30,000 since September 2007.

 In September, workers completed another 28,478 Dodge Darts, Jeep Compasses and Jeep Patriots. Through three quarters, 244,317 compact sedans and SUVs have left Belvidere for dealers nationwide. That already surpasses the total vehicle production of 2009, 2010 and 2011. Workers are on pace to finish more than 300,000 vehicles in a year for the first time since 2007.

Chrysler, which is operating three shifts at the Belvidere plant, is the largest employer in Boone and Winnebago counties. The plant is one of the best success stories in the recovery from the Great Recession. As recently as June 2009, the plant was closed, the one shift of workers still active were laid off and not a single car was built as Chrysler reorganized in bankruptcy court.

Italian carmaker Fiat S.p.A took over the company during the bankruptcy.

The Great Recession officially ran from Dec. 2007 to June 2009.

Read: RRStar Article



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