• Pritzker Signs the Reimagining Electric Vehicles (REV) Act to Incentivize Electric Vehicle Manufactu

    Pritzker Signs the Reimagining Electric Vehicles (REV) Act to Incentivize Electric Vehicle Manufacturers to Expand in Illinois
    Building on Illinois’ role as a leading state in the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing industry, this week Governor JB Pritzker signed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles (REV) in Illinois Act into law, aimed at incentivizing EV production across Illinois. The new incentives benefit the state’s entire EV ecosystem, by helping to build facilities, boost workforce training, and create thousands of jobs. REV is a major step towards one of the administration’s ambitious goals of putting one million electric vehicles on Illinois road by 2030.
    The administration continues to invite EV producers, EV specific parts manufacturers and charging station manufacturers to establish in Illinois and join companies such as Rivian and Lion Electric. Earlier this year, Governor Pritzker announced the creation of two new Manufacturing Training Academies in Illinois, including a first-of-its-kind Electric Vehicle-Energy Storage Manufacturing Training Academy which specializes in training the Illinois workforce for careers in the EV industry.
    To learn more about the REV Illinois Program, please visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website here. Interested applicants may contact DCEO Deputy Director of Business Development Sean Pritchard at Sean.Pritchard@illinois.gov.
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    New $2.6M Investment Will Expand Apprenticeship Training for Careers in Fast-Growing Aviation Industry
    As we continue to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) in Illinois, this week Governor JB Pritzker joined AAR CORP., United Airlines, local officials and workforce partners to announce a $2.6 million investment to fast-track workforce development training for in-demand aviation mechanics. State funds will be used to expand, develop, and implement a comprehensive workforce strategy including apprenticeship opportunities offered through AAR’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Rockford Airport.
    State grant funds will support several of AAR’s talent pipeline efforts to help grow the aviation technician pipeline in Rockford, creating 50 apprenticeship opportunities as a result and supporting short-term credentialing programs and incentives for experienced technicians to relocate to the Rockford area.
    Please visit AAR´s career page for more information on open positions and career pathways.
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    Global Manufacturer of Machinery Tools Chooses
    Illinois for New U.S. Headquarters
    Danobat, a global manufacturer of machine tools and production systems for the auto, aerospace, rail, and energy sectors, announced plans to open its new U.S. headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, earlier this week.
    President of Danobat Manex Ochoteco said, "As Danobat continues to expand our U.S. presence and to meet current global demand, we can think of no better location than Illinois – a true hub for advanced manufacturing – to build our team and customer base."
    Construction is underway on the 12,700 square foot facility with an anticipated completion in the first quarter of 2022. The new headquarters will house core administrative functions of the company’s U.S. presence including sales, marketing, engineering, part & service divisions, and eventually will become a center to represent the technologies and capabilities of the brand. Danobat has production plants and service centers in over 40 countries.
    SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    Program Updates
    Does your small business need cash to help recover from the pandemic? Learn about how to apply for a EIDL Advance (grant) and low interest loan from the US Small Business Administration!
    • Tuesday November 30 - 9:00am to 10:00am Register
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    Note: These webinars contain the same information. Register for the date / time that works best for you
    Upcoming Small Business Assistance Events & Webinars
    Back to Business Grant Recipient
    Like most in the hospitality industry, the Best Western Plus Bloomington East Hotel was hit hard by the pandemic. Co-owner Ravi Wadhwa and General Manager Greg Rakestraw had just completed a $5+ million renovation of the property and had been up and running for a short 18 months when room demand suddenly checked-out due to COVID-19 in March 2020.
    With the help of a $75,000 Back to Business (B2B) grant and the return of business and leisure travelers to Central Illinois, sunny days are here again at the hotel’s pool! “I cannot express how much this grant means to us after investing so much into the hotel and re-opening just a few months before the start of the pandemic,” said Mr. Wadhwa. 
    During the month of November, DCEO is celebrating Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) with a series of webinars and Facebook Live events focusing on business resources available to Native American business owners. Resilience of Native American Business Leaders
    Tuesday, November 23, at 9:00 a.m.
    Watch on DCEO Facebook Live
    Register for a Native American Heritage Month Event.
    Virtual Job Fairs (VJF) are part of the GET HIRED initiative. Job seekers can find a hiring event near them, learn how to prepare for, and what to expect when attending the event.
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