Business Development

Attracting new businesses is high on the list of economic development goals for most communities. Knowing which ones are a good fit for your area can increase the chance of success.  By evaluating the existing business community, workforce characteristics, quality of life factors, available and potential incentives, linkages to regional industries, transportation and commuting patterns, and other factors, we can suggest which kinds of businesses are most likely to be attracted to your location.  We also can prepare an information packet that can be used in approaching potential businesses and be a resource for answering questions business owners often ask.




For additional information about Growing Communities Initiative, please contact:

Mim Evans
Research Associate
Center for Governmental Studies, NIU

Norman Walzer
Senior Research Scholar
Center for Governmental Studies, NIU