Based on engagement and the research conducted, and with the help of Collaborate Freeport, the values outlined below were developed to describe what matters most to those in Freeport and to inform the public of ongoing efforts in Freeport and Stephenson County, including events, workshops and more.
Three workshops were held to discuss and move the values forward. At the first workshop, each committee started by defining their value and brainstorming strategies to champion that value in Freeport and Stephenson County. At the second workshop, each committee discussed specific tactics and goals to begin rolling out a plan for implementation. At the third workshop, a facilitator for each group presented the plan and invited feedback from all in attendance.
For a city of 25,000 people, Freeport offers wonderful cultural opportunities.
Stephenson County is home to more than seven museums that celebrate the rich history of the area. Housed in an old 1911 school house, the Freeport Art Museum enriches the county with both historic and modern art galleries, featuring exhibits such as Native American, Near and Far Eastern, and European art exhibits. The Stephenson County Historical Museum commemorates Freeport’s rich past in the old mansion of Oscar Taylor built in 1857, once used as a stop in the Underground Railroad. In addition to the Oscar Taylor House, Stephenson County features the Silvercreek Museum and the home and burial site of Jane Addams at the Cedarville Historical Museum.
In Freeport, we value diversity in all forms. Diversity starts at home, at your workplace, with each of us. Our community strives to be accepting, inclusive and engaging in order to create opportunity for everyone. Each of us contributes value in some way and we are committed to empowering our citizens to come together to build a stronger, healthier and more sustainable region.
Home to a highly diverse business community, Freeport provides work and career opportunities in insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and the food industry, among others. Freeport is a community that places a high value on hard work and nurtures entrepreneurs through the Small Business Collaborative at Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA).
In Freeport, we count numerous Fortune 500 companies as employers including Honeywell, Newell Rubbermaid, MetLife and Titan Tire. We have companies that offer positions in insurance, banking and healthcare. This wide range of opportunities makes Freeport an attractive career and job market.
We love the outdoors in Freeport. We have more than 10 parks and preserves, including many miles of recreational trails. Freeport residents enjoy comprehensive recreational facilities provided by the Freeport Park District, which maintains more than 800 acres of active and passive-use parks.
Thriving communities give back. Freeport and Stephenson County believe compassion and a charitable spirit are what make our businesses, organizations and community strong! No matter your contribution, there’s always a way to get involved.
In Freeport, we’re always learning. Whether you’re looking for public or private schools, Freeport offers excellent choices.
Community residents have a choice of both public and private elementary and high school. Freeport is served by Freeport School District 145, which offers a comprehensive educational program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Freeport School District has: