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.
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- Why Genoa?
- Location and Map
- Development Inventory:
- Comprehensive Plan
- Zoning Map
- Traffic Counts
- Genoa Retail Fact Sheet
- 2010 Census Data
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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Small Business Resources
Below are local small business resources, in addition to the City of Genoa’s Economic Development Department.
DeKalb County Small Business Resources
We’re here to connect you to information and resources to make your entrepreneurial enterprise a success.
Economic Development Coordinator
Community Development Department
Phone: (815) 895- 7188
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee College
Through the SBDC, small business owners, both prospective and existing, can obtain essential management, marketing and financial coaching. We offer no-cost one-on-one coaching and a wide variety of low-cost events and workshops to help make your business a success.
Phone: (267) 275- 6950
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.
- The Corner Grill business (not the building), located at 133-137 West Main Street is for sale. Contact Ali Ahmed at 1 (630) 533- 1153 for more information.
- Buildable Commercial Property: South East Corner of Kearney Drive and Route 72
Commercial Building: 101 West Main Street
- Commercial Building: 621 East Main Street
- Commercial Building: 720 East Main Street