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Boone County Historical Museum Ribbon Cutting










The ribbon has been cut on the newly expanded Boone County Historical Museum.

It has been a little over a year since the ground breaking of the expansion project at the Boone County Historical Museum which would join the two exisiting buildings into one creating a beautiful atrium space. The ribbon cutting took place on Friday, December 6, 2013 with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, December, 7th. 

Click here for ribbon cutting photos.

Click here for Boone County Historical Museum website.



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Belvidere Production Boosts Chrysler Sales Momentum

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Chrysler Group LLC reported its U.S. sales in November grew 16 percent compared from 2012, helped again by the trio of vehicles built at its Belvidere assembly plant.

In November, dealers sold 142,275 Chrysler vehicles versus 122,565 in November 2012. Of the total sales, 15,181 were from its Belvidere products — the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. That was 33 percent more than November 2012 and it marked the 13th straight month that sales of the trio of Belvidere-assembled vehicles were at least 25 percent higher than the year before.

Chrysler employs about 4,500 people at its Belvidere plant, making it the largest local employer in the Rock River Valley. More than 1,500 work at supplier plants nearby.

Through November, dealers have sold 197,047 Darts, Compasses and Patriots. That’s the most sales of Belvidere-built vehicles since 1997, which was the early days of the Dodge and Plymouth Neon.

Each of the three Belvidere-produced vehicles have already set an annual sales record this year.

Read: RRStar Article



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Franklin Display Group Organizes Collection for Washington, IL

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Many of us shuddered when we learned the fate of Washington, Illinois and what the tornado left in its wake. We have lived it first-hand, through friends & relatives or worked on the emergency crews.

The emergency supply warehouse in Washington, IL is currently fully stock, but this will not last more than a few weeks. So the team at Franklin Display Group will help fill a fully-packed truck with donations from Boone County. One truck already made the journey this past Sunday and efforts are underway to continue bringing needed supplies as long as there is a need (estimated 2-months).

Donation information:

7:30 am-3:30 pm
Franklin Display Group (Staff have been alerted and will assist with your donations)
801 5th Street
Belvidere, Illinois 61008

The American Red Cross have identified the following as items needed (the list is not in any particular order):

·         Tote Bags

·         Plastic Trash Cans

·         Plastic Storage Bins

·         Gloves

·         Non-Perishable Food

·         Bottled Water

·         Large Garbage Bags

·         Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap etc)

·         Buckets

·         Sponges

·         Mops

·         Towels

·         Paper Towels

·         Toilet Paper

·         Baby Formula

·         Diapers

·         Flashlights

·         Batteries

·         Manual Can Openers

·         Duct Tape

·         Female Hygiene Products

·         School Supplies (Backpacks, Crayons, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Notebooks, Binders etc)


Chrysler Foundation to Feed 80 Belvidere Families


Eighty families in the Belvidere School District will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year thanks to a grant from the Chrysler Foundation.

The foundation gave a $2,500 grant to the district’s Community Cupboard Food Pantry, which used the funds to provide holiday meal boxes to 80 clients. The meals include a turkey, canned fruit, canned vegetables, coffee, dessert mix, gravy mix, instant potatoes, and stuffing mix to feed a family of eight.

“We are thankful to the Chrysler Foundation and are pleased to provide holiday meals our clients can prepare and enjoy in their homes this holiday season,” Community Cupboard Director Shannon Hansen said.

The pantry provides both food and non-food assistance with families that have children attending District 100 schools. Click here for more information on the Community Cupboard.

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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.

We thank our investors!