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About the Partnership

About the Partnership

One organization. One voice. One mission:
To grow Freeport & Stephenson County.

Our Mission

The Greater Freeport Partnership is a catalyst for dynamic economic growth fostering an inclusive environment where businesses thrive, and our community prospers. We are dedicated to nurturing new opportunities while enriching the fabric of Freeport and Stephenson County.

Our Vision

The Partnership strives to be the driving force for a prosperous future where strategic economic solutions ignite opportunity for growth. We envision a thriving life for our residents that embraces diversity and upholds a strong business community. Our relentless commitment to our community’s well-being and economic success sets us on a path to create a dynamic and inclusive Freeport and Stephenson County.

Inclusion Statement

The Greater Freeport Partnership is committed to promoting equity, celebrating diversity, and creating a culture of belonging in Freeport and Stephenson County.

What is the Partnership?

The Greater Freeport Partnership is the place where organizations and people unite to tell the story of our region, drive economic growth, and champion a talented, workforce-ready community. The non-profit organization provides business, tourism and economic development services to members in Stephenson County to help them grow, adapt and thrive through educational programming, networking and resource sharing.

Our History

The Greater Freeport Partnership promotes Stephenson County and support businesses.  We accomplish these goals through workforce development, marketing, beautification, business education and providing data resources.

Our history:  In June 2018, four organizations became one: Northwest Illinois Development Alliance – NIDA, Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, and Freeport/Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Bureau / Visitors Center. The focus: create a seamless economic development, business services and tourism entity focused on providing outstanding service to those looking to start a business, grow a business and visit the area.

Funding comes from the City of Freeport, Stephenson County, partner investors and members.  Revenue is also generated through co-op advertising programs, grants and revenue from events.

The Greater Freeport Partnership board includes members of the Freeport and Stephenson County business community, the Freeport City Manager, Stephenson County Board Chair, and representatives from Highland Community College and Freeport School District.

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We are the Greater Freeport Partnership

Key Industries

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Construction, Plumbing, Heating, & Service

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Private Label Food Manufacturing

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Playing Games July 17, 2024 It is summer. There is no question about it. We have the heat, festivals, golf outings, and summer storms to prove it. It is easy this time of year to go from meeting to event, seemingly ad infinitum. Our focus in the summer can become very short term: How do I get into air conditioning the fastest? How can I […]
Happy July 4th July 2, 2024 As we approach the 4th of July, I want to take a moment to wish each of you a very happy and safe Independence Day. This holiday is a time to celebrate the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy, and it’s also a perfect occasion to spend quality time with family and friends.  At the Greater Freeport Partnership, we understand the […]
Know Your Audience June 19, 2024 Freeport, greater freeport partnership, Stephenson County Other Partnership staff members and I often get asked to speak to local service organizations about what’s going on in Freeport and Stephenson County. We love these occasions to get out in the community, hear from great people, talk about positive progress, and learn from other perspectives.   Before one such opportunity last week, I was able to join the group […]