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Economic Development
Business Assistance
The Economic Development Department collects statistics and updates information documents to help a business locate or expand in Geneva; these include an extensive profile of the community, business resources, demographic information, retail market potential, and traffic counts.

Available Inventory
The available building and property inventory database is provided as a complimentary service to Geneva property owners and the business community. The databases have been integrated with LOIS (a national economic development building, site and community database system). For each available site you will find property images, utility information, ESRI demographics, and more. Geneva property owners may update or add their building or land information at any time.

Employer's Database
The EDD maintains a database of all businesses located within Geneva's city limits. The department uses the database to communicate with our businesses, update the downtown business directory signs, and populate the online Business Directory (which can be searched by business category or alphabetically). Information can be submitted or updated by completing the Employer's Database Form.

Downtown Business
With over 1,100,000 square feet of commercial space, our central business district is recognized across the country as one of America's best downtowns. The City works diligently to maintain the district and assist downtown businesses

The Economic Development Department promotes Geneva as a destination for meetings and groups through allocations of the hotel/motel tax fund. Additionally, the department maintains the Explore Geneva section of this site where visitors can find information about shopping and dining, attractions, lodging, as well as detailed information for meeting and group planners.

The City of Geneva owns the electric, water, and sewer utilities which eases development planning. Electricity is provided at rates which are lower than those paid by similar users in surrounding communities. In 2008 the City constructed a reverse osmosis membrane filtration plant (sized for expansion) which reduced water hardness levels to 6 grains. The Wastewater Treatment Plant treats 4 to 5 million gallons of wastewater per day (2.2 billion gallons treated in 2012). The City maintains compliance of the NPDES permit at an average of 98 percent efficiency. The City Industrial users should complete the "Pre-Treatment" form to identify any needs. Accounts will be set with the Finance Division with planning for connection through the Public Works Department. Information on utility contacts is found in the Business Resource Guide. Contact Nicor Gas for assistance with natural gas connections. 

Ellen Divita
Ellen Divita

Economic Development Director

Paul Evans
Business Development Specialist

Jamie Heflin
Administrative Assistant

Neal Reeves
Economic Development Intern

22 S. First St.
Geneva, IL 60134

Ph: 630-232-7449
Fx: 630-232-1494