About the Partnership
One organization. One voice. One mission:
To grow Freeport & Stephenson County.
The Greater Freeport Partnership is the place where organizations and people unite to advocate for the region, drive economic growth and champion a talented, workforce ready community.
- Art, Design and Culture
- Diversity in all Forms
- Hard Work and an Entrepreneurial Spirit
- The Outdoor Experience
- Giving Back
- Always Learning
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.
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.