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City of Genoa Economic/Planning and Development

333 E First Street
Genoa, IL 60135
Phone: (815) 784-2327

Bill Ganek

Economic Development

Development Application

For annexations, amendments to the zoning ordinance or a zoning map amendment, appeals to the Unified Development Ordinance, special use permits, variations, preliminary or final plats of subdivision, or preliminary and/or final planned unit developments,  please use a Development Application.

Business Benefits

Interested in starting a business? Let us know how we can help! 

Enterprise Zone

The City of Genoa currently has qualifying locations within the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone. Per a resolution from Director Jim Schultz of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone HAS BEEN CERTIFIED as of 12/17/15. As designated Zone Administrator, the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation will work with DCEO and the Illinois Department of Revenue to establish administrative procedures for operating the Zone and qualifying beneficiaries. To visit the DCEDC’s Enterprise Zone informational page, click here.

Click here for more information about incentives and benefits of DeKalb County’s Enterprise Zone.

Click here for a map of Genoa’s Enterprise Zones.

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About Economic Development

Genoa is an award winning city, with the benefits of both an urban and rural community. Genoa is situated within just twenty minutes of I-90, I-39 and I-88, all of which allow access to urban areas such as Chicago and Madison. Passenger rail to Chicago is also just 20 minutes away and O’Hare airport can be reached within an hour. Chicago is 60 miles away and Rockford just 15 minutes. Illinois’ second largest public university, Northern Illinois University, can be reached in 20 minutes. Genoa has a  market area of 35,000.

Locally, the City of Genoa has an excellent school system, a thriving downtown and housing for all incomes. The community is ideal for families with many community events, parks and activities. The City is also welcoming of business through tax incentives and a proactive Chamber of Commerce. Genoa offers the benefits of a long established City, with planning for the future, in addition to small town friendliness. 


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Industrial Sites

  • .6 acre, .78 acre, 1.14 acre, 2+ acre industrial and business lots available, all utilities, heavy industrial street, light industrial zoning, direct access to IL 23 in the Pearson South Center Business Park. Contact: Al Browne, Al Browne Chevrolet, phone: (815) 784-2511, Joline Suchy or Angela Rich, Trademark Properties, phone: (815) 784-4582

Industrial Buildings


 Commercial Space

  • 308, 310, & 316 W. Main Street – Extremely well-maintained retail building for sale. Would make a great owner operated building with leases to cover mortgage. In addition to three separate retail spaces, building has two – 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartments upstairs. When fully leased, the building has a great cap rate. Newer roof, HVAC and wiring. Contact: Adam Katz ( of RVG Milner/Carpenter. Phone (815) 754-4000. Please see flyer for additional information.
  • Prairie Ridge Pointe Commercial Center – 401 Hadsall Street. Near Ace Hardware, bank, strip center, storage building. Fully imporoved with city water and public sewer. Lots 8, 10 and 11 available. Contact: Kathy Jansen, RE/MAX Central, phone: (847) 274-6683; office: (630) 980-4440; email:
  • 527 West Main Street- 7,300 square feet, former Dollar General Store. Has 1 bathroom abd 25 parking spaces. Zoned Commercial. Available March 2019, call Bob Briscoe (847) 72104940 for more information.  

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