Key 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 email@example.com.
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.
Read Growth Dimensions Economic Developments' Letter
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
View the FOX News segment on "Dairy farms working together to feed families during COVID-19 pandemic."
Learn more about Midland States Bank's Environmental, Social & Governance Program.
Proposed Graduated Income Tax (Illinois)
The Illinois Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment, which was on the November 3, 2020 ballot, failed to pass with 46.73% voting YES and 53.27% voting NO. Although this ballot item failed to pass, we will continue to monitor any similar ballot questions in the future.
Learn more about this proposed amendment, by viewing Ballotpedia, HERE.