To Our Prospective Business Partners:

Thanks for visiting our site. We appreciate the chance to tell you more about the Greater Sterling area and the many benefits that our community has to offer including:

An excellent geographic location. Locate here and your company—and your employees—will have ready access to the business connections and cultural offerings of Chicago, Milwaukee and the Quad Cities, without the congestion and expense of a metro location.

A strong transportation network. Today’s volatile fuel prices and out-of-control congestion problems make it critical to choose a site with ready access to multiple transportation options. Sterling is close to highways, rail services, water and airports—including O’Hare International Airport and the conveniently located Chicago Rockford International Airport.

A pro-business climate. We work diligently to make it efficient and cost-effective to do business our area. We’ll be happy to put you in touch with companies that have worked with our group and can give you a firsthand perspective of what it’s really like to do business in Sterling. And how we’ve worked with them over time to meet their changing needs.

A variety of economic incentives. Rely on our team to help you tap into available incentives, grants and support programs, including tax abatement opportunities in the Whiteside Enterprise Zone.

A dedicated, experienced–and affordable–workforce. Experience the “Midwestern work ethic” for yourself. We think you’ll agree that employees in this area are reliable, hardworking and second to none. Plus, labor/benefits costs are lower than US, Illinois and Chicago averages.

A forward-thinking attitude. Our community works diligently to understand the needs of businesses and to meet them effectively. An excellent recent example: the addition of welding and wind turbine maintenance programs at the local community college to meet the growing need for skilled workers in these areas.

A high quality of life. National publications have recognized why Sterling is a great place to live and work. Come see why Sports Illustrated celebrated our parks, Prairie Farmer called us one of the best rural counties to live in, and Radish lauded our year-round farmer’s market.

Interested in learning more? We invite you to contact us today and look forward to helping you discover what Sterling’s perfect location and exceptional connections can mean for your company.


Heather Sotelo
Executive Director
Greater Sterling Development Corporation