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June 26, 2015
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Kane County Considers Matching Award for MCE Grants Program
Metro Chicago Exports now accepting 2nd Wave grant applicants


The Kane County Jobs Committee has proposed offering a $5000 matching grant for Kane County businesses that apply for and are awarded a $5000 grant through the Metro Chicago Exports (MCE) Grant Program. The MCE grants initiative is designed to assist Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME's) with an exportable product or service in reaching global markets. If approved by the County Board, the proposed match could provide Kane County businesses up to $10,000 for marketing, compliance, training and business development activities.


Final approval of the proposed funding measure will take place at the next scheduled Kane County Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. Please share this opportunity with any Kane County businesses that could benefit from the MCE grants program.

Additional details on the MCE program:


Wave 2 grant applications are now being accepted by MCE. All eligible SMEs are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to businesses in the following targeted industries:

  • Metals - Fabricated Metal Product
  • Equipment - Medical and Supplies
  • Machinery - Engine and Power Equipment
  • Plastics - General
  • Computers and Electronics - Precision Instruments

Expenses up to $2,500 will be reimbursed 100%. Expenses over $2,500 and up to $7,500 will be reimbursed at 50%.


The submission deadline for Wave 2 grant applicants is July 31st, 2015.


For additional information on the eligibility of applicants, please visit the MCE webpage.


recycleKane County Recycling Extravaganza 

Annual recycling event draws thousands

Over 2000 people brought items to the Annual Kane County Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, June 13th. The event ran as smooth as butter, not a glitch. The weather was fine with not a drop of rain and even some sunshine near noon. Over 50 volunteers and staff helped to man the event. 


At the end of the 4-hour event, there were 6 trailers full of electronics, one 20-cubic yard dumpster of books for recycling, a full box-truck of Styrofoam, peanuts, and bubble wrap, 1000 fluorescent tubes, a full 30-cubic-yard truck full of latex paint, 30,000 pounds of documents for shredding, a half truck full of clothes, shoes, and textiles, plus 20 bikes, a couple wheel chairs, and several pairs of crutches. 


All of this material will be kept out of landfills and will be put to better use through reuse and recycling! Thank you to everyone who participated!




One resident who attended the event shared some comments:


"It was so well planned, so well manned, that I was in & out in 10 minutes, and got rid of all my recyclable stuff that had been in the basement for 9 months, and didn't have to put it in the landfill. I felt good about helping the environment for the future and cleaning out my stuff. Thanks for all the hard work."


For more information about recycling efforts in Kane County, please contact Jennifer Jarland, the Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator.


floodUrban Flood Management Workshop

FREE workshop hosted by Resilient Chicago

This Resilient Chicago workshop will focus on actions local governments can take to address the issue of urban flooding in the greater Chicago metropolitan region. At thisfree one-day workshop, local government staff and other interested professionals will learn how they can better prepare for flooding by: 

  • Fully integrating green infrastructure into their municipality's capital improvement or comprehensive planning
Target Audience:
Local government staff - municipal/county (e.g., planners, engineers, public works, sustainability, parks and recreation, floodplain/stormwater managers) and other interested professionals (e.g., consultants, non-profits)

July 8, 2015 (9 AM - 4:30 PM)

Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University (6347 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660)

This event is experiencing a high volume of registrations. To be added to a wait-list to attend, please contact Molly Woloszyn at mollyw@illinois.edu. Registration is required to attend. For more information, visit the registration page.

surveyLeaders Summit Survey Results

Summary of Kane County Leaders Summit polling questions

Last month's edition of the KCPC newsletter featured a recap of the Kane County Leaders Summit hosted in St. Charles. This month we would like to share some of the survey results that emerged from the polling activity conducted during the workshop. The questions touched on an assortment of issues covering areas of policy including health, transportation and development.


Below is a sampling of several polling questions with the audience poll results. About 130 attendees actively participated in the survey.



One barrier I see in Kane County towards improving health is...


A. People are unsure how reimbursement works or what services are available
B. Not enough parks and recreational facilities
C. Limited access to healthy foods
D. Not enough services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations
E. The large amount of information available through the internet and media provides conflicting messages and is overwhelming
F. Employers do not provide enough opportunities for employees to improve health
G. There are a limited number of healthcare professionals in my area
H. Unsure of the health barriers in my community



What is the best approach for promoting health in Kane County? 


A. Enhance access to places for physical activity combined with informal outreach activities
B. Community campaigns and partnerships towards health initiatives
C. Enhanced school based physical education
D. Community design and land use policies
E. Worksite wellness initiatives
F. Social support through community groups
G. Finding opportunities to connect education system to employment opportunities
H. Formalizing partnerships to pool resources towards a common goal
I. Increasing access to healthy food options through initiatives like farmers markets and community gardens




What are the top transportation challenges that residents and businesses in Kane County face?


A. Poor pavement condition of interstate roads/ bridges
B. Poor pavement condition of local roads/ bridges
C. Safety of facilities
D. Poor connections between modes of transportation
E. Lack of access to multiple modes of transportation
F. Unreliable travel times



Which system benefit goals should IDOT consider as it makes investments to modernize and expand the transportation network?


A. Safety 
B. System Condition
C. Congestion/ Travel Time Reliability
D. Freight Delivery
E. Transportation Options/ Connectivity Between Modes
F. Life Cycle Costs ($ needed to operate/ maintain a facility over its useful life)



Is your organization actively planning for an increasing population and a changing demographic profile in Kane County?

A. Yes - we are planning for changes
B. Somewhat - we still have some work to do
C. Not that I am aware of 




What topics / issues do you think are most important for the Kane County Planning Cooperative to address?  


A. Planning for the next wave of development
B. Resources/collaboration for funding and technical assistance
C. Cross-jurisdictional planning and projects
D. Increasing local food production and availability
E. Coordinated planning for transit friendly and walkable developments
F. Green infrastructure planning and implementation



To share your comments on the results of the Leaders Summit polling activity, please contact Matt Tansley with the Kane County Development Department. Also, copies of the survey report will be made available upon request.

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

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