In June 2018, four organizations became one: Northwest Illinois Development Alliance – NIDA, Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (Downtown Freeport, Illinois), Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce and Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and 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.
Collaborate Freeport, which was formed in 2015, and the All In Freeport brand are part of the new organization.
Business services and programs provided by the Chamber remain intact and provide greater value with all the organizations under one roof focused on growth. All current Chamber members are members of the Greater Freeport Partnership.
Funding comes from the City of Freeport, NIDA investors, Chamber members, FDDF sponsors and Stephenson County. Revenue will also be generated through co-op advertising programs, grants and revenue from events.
The Greater Freeport Partnership board includes three representatives from each of the four founding organizations, plus the Freeport city manager, Stephenson County board chair, president of Highland Community College and the superintendent of the Freeport School District.
The Greater Freeport Partnership Board:
|Scott Winter||Vice Chair|
|Lowell Crow||City of Freeport Representative|
|William (Bill) Hadley||Stephenson County Representative|
|Brian Helm||Board Member|
|Mark Wright||Board Member|
|Terri Musser||Board Member|
|Jack Carey||Board Member|
|Mike Meade||Board Member|
|Josh Elliott||Board Member|
|Brooke Wagner||Board Member|
|Mike Marten||Board Member|
|Tim Hood||Board Member|
|Mike Schiffman||Board Member|
|Mark Gridley||Board Member|
|Rebecca Motley||Executive Director|