Reimagining Electric Vehicles: Creating a Competitive Advantage in Illinois

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19 Nov 2021


In Spring 2021, Growth Dimensions Economic Development developed a campaign for a call-to-action in Illinois. We initiated contact with the Illinois Governor's Office, state and national elected officials, the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Intersect Illinois. The overarching message was that it was imperative to competitively position Illinois to attract new industries, as well as reward businesses that have contributed to the State's Success.

With the support of Boone County, the City of Belvidere, local businesses & organizations, and partners across Illinois, our message was heard. Governor Pritzker commented to Pamela Lopez-Fettes, "I hear this all started with you."

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, the Illinois General Assembly approved the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois (REV) tax credit program. REV Illinois offers competitive incentives to expand in or relocate to Illinois for companies that manufacture Electric Vehicles (EV) or EV parts, as well as EV charging stations.

Boone County was honored to welcome Governor Pritzker, Illinois Legislative Representatives and other dignitaries, as they utilized the Rock Valley College Advanced Technology Center as a backdrop to sign the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act into law, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

We look forward to continuing the work that has been done, as we reimagine EV, by working with our local municipalities, the State, our representatives, the DCEO an our local business partners to ensure we keep manufacturers right here in Illinois and show the work that Boone County and Illinois are, indeed, open for EV Business.



Pamela Lopez-Fettes was invited to join Senator Steve Stadelman on the "Sound of the State" podcast. On this podcast, they discuss the newly-signed Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act. 

You can listen to the podast HERE.





Rock Valley College Advanced Technology Center hosts the REV in Illinois Bill Signing Ceremony on November 16, 2021.


Dr. Howard Spearman, RVC President, welcomes Governor J.B. Pritzker, state & local officials, and guests to the ATC.

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State Senator Steve Stadelman speaks to the crowd at the bill signing. Senator Stadelman sponsored the REV Bill in the Illinois Senate, where it passed 55-0.

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State Representative Dave Vella addresses attendees at the bill signing. Rep. Vella sponsored the REV Bill in the Illinois House, here it passed 110-2.

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signs the REV in Illinois Bill into law, at the RVC ATC, on November 16, 2021.


Governor Pritzker smiles for the cameras, at the REV in Illinois bill signing ceremony.

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Senator Stadleman, Representative Vella and Governor Pritzker display the signed REV in Illinois Bill.

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Pamela Lopez-Fettes, Growth Dimensions' Executive Director, speaks with Governor Pritzker, at the ceremony.