Ferrero Building Its First North American Chocolate Factory in Bloomington, IL

BLOOMINGTON – City of Bloomington, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, and the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, are excited to share that Ferrero has announced plans to build a new chocolate… Read More

Connect Transit Awarded $9 Million, Part of Rebuild Illinois Investment in Transit

Normal, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that Connect Transit has received a $9.92 million grant as part of Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois… Read More

Bloomington, Illinois Ranked Happiest City in America by Zippia.com

Based on… Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree) Percent of households earning above $75,000 Median home prices A short commute to work (Traffic = unhappiness) Having… Read More

COVID19 Employer and Employee Resources

For a Full List of Resources visit  www.bnprepared.org Resources for Employers Small Business Association’s Disaster Loan Program https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance Small Business Association’s Guide for Impacted Businesses https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 Department of Commerce and… Read More

Agracel Welcomes Contec to Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON – Agracel, City of Bloomington, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, and the Bloomington-Normal EDC are excited to welcome Contec to Bloomington, Illinois. Contec is a leading provider of reverse… Read More

BNEDC Welcomes Business Retention & Expansion Manager Amber Wilfley

Staff is pleased to announce our new Business Retention and Expansion Manager Amber Wilfley. Wilfley is the former Human Resources Manager for Tentac Enterprises (formerly Snyder Companies). Wilfley’s HR knowledge… Read More

BNEDC Welcomes New Project Manager Nik Duffle

Staff is pleased to announce our new Project Manager Nik Duffle. Duffle is the former Deputy Director of Advance for Governor Bruce Rauner and, more recently, Community & Economic Development… Read More

Two New EDC Job Postings: BRE Manager and Project Manager

Business Retention and Expansion Manager: Reporting to the CEO, the Business Retention and Expansion Manager advances the mission of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, its Board, Executive Committee, and CEO… Read More

Patrick Hoban chosen as new President/CEO

NORMAL - The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (BNEDC) board of directors has unanimously selected Patrick Hoban as the organization’s next President/CEO. Hoban’s appointment is effective August 1, 2019. “The search… Read More

BNEDC represented at SelectUSA Summit

Foreign direct investment leads to new Central Illinois development Read More