Key Business Issues
At Growth Dimensions, we are committed to bringing forth information on key business issues which have potential impacts on businesses, individuals, families and the economy. Whether these issues are on the ballot or being discussed in the community, we believe it is in everyone's best interest for us to bring relevant and unbiased information to the forefront, allowing community stakeholders to make the most informed decisions on key matters. Businesses can also use our resources to examine how they can best impact, or be impacted by, these business issues.
Should you have questions on any of the highlighted topics below or would like information on additional topics, please contact Growth Dimensions at 815.547.4252 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Legislative Districts
The 2020 U.S. Census showed a decrease in Illinois residents over the last ten years. The State’s population dropped to 12,812,508 in 2020, a decrease of 18,124 residents. As a result of that decrease, Illinois’ U.S. House Seats changed from 18 to 17. After each census cycle, states look at the possible changes to district maps.
What will the updated maps look like?
In 2021, the State of Illinois developed updated maps, for state legislative districts. The proposed maps, shown below, passed the Illinois House and Senate and are awaiting Governor Pritzker's signature. These maps will help you identify which senate and house districts you live and work in.
Illinois House of Representatives
Keeping Illinois Competitive
Recently, Growth Dimensions Economic Development, with the assistance from our Legislative Committee, drafted and sent a letter to Governor JB Priztker and local, state and federal officials on the importance of keeping Illinois competitively advangtaged, as we work to attract and retain businesses in the State of Illinois.
We urge our partners to draft letters, as well, and send to your local representatives, urging them to meet and work with existing businesses to ensure they remain within the state. In addition, remind them of the importance and economic benefits of attracting new and diversified businesses and industries to our area.
Equality vs. Equity
Supporting Equity in Boone County
Recognizing the opportunity to promote equity within our community, we understand that equality does not mean equity. While much conversation has been centralized around disparties in populations, we understand that there is often confusion between equality and equity. Whether the disparities are due to to race, gender, geographical location or other reasons, Growth Dimensions is dedicated to providing opportunities for all stakeholders in our community, region and beyond.
Equality provides the same services and advantages for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, etc.
Equity provides customized resources and tools to underserved populations and communities.
How Growth Dimensions is Supporting Equity
International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
We actively engage with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and offer their resources to businesses looking for guidance on racism and economic development.
Venture Program Scholarship Investment
In 2020, we granted two $250 scholarships to minority business owners to participate in our entrepreneurial program, known as Venture. This program focuses efforts on developing comprehensive, educational opportunities for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Venture is designed to give entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to build and grow their business now and keep it sustainable in the future.
Growth Dimensions works with local agencies, school districts, colleges and universities to bring learning and career opportunities to all members of our community.
How Our Community is Supporting Equity
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