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Economic Development

While the City of Geneseo has many potential commercial property options available, many of these fall into three categories:

  1. TIF District
  2. Historic Preservation District
  3. Highway Corridor Overlay District

We welcome new businesses to Geneseo! 

Below is a list of incentives for businesses new to Geneseo.

TIF District Benefits — Potential to share in property tax increment.  Detail at City Hall.

County Revolving Loan — $7,500 per employee job created at 2.5% interest.  Detail at Henry County Courthouse.

Geneseo Revolving Loan —$7,500 per employee job created at 2.5% interest.  Details at City Hall.

Sales Tax Abatement — City’s portion for two years ($200,000 in sales would result in rebate of $2,000).  Bring in receipts quarterly for payback.

Sales Tax Refund — City’s portion, for construction materials (concrete, lumber, floor coverings, wall coverings, paint, furniture) for first six months.  Must be purchased in Geneseo. ($50,000 in purchase would result in $500 refund).  Bring in receipts at end of first six months for refund.

Abatement of Real Estate Taxes* — On newly purchased property, the city’s portion, for 2 years.  (Business property assessed at $100,000 would generate $173 refund).  Bring in paid tax bill for refund.

Water/Sewer Discount — 20% discount for first two years.  Pay in person for discount to be deducted.

Electricity Discount — 10% discount for first two years.  Pay in person for discount to be deducted.

*State Law prohibits abatement of real estate taxes if in a TIF District.

The City of Geneseo has three grocery stores: Fareway, Sav-A-Lot, and Wal-Mart.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts several festivals and other community events annually. The three largest festivals are: Music Fest (Father’s Day Weekend), Planes, Trains and Automobiles in September, and the Christmas Walk in December.

The Aisle of Flags is one of the most magnificent memorials in the area. Over 650 flags adorn the sidewalks of our City Park commemorating the veterans who have defended our freedom. Weather permitting, the flags fly on Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day.

Other areas attractions include: Geneseo Art League, Geneseo Historical Museum, Central Theater, Richmond Hill Barn Theater, Geneseo Public Library, and the Geneseo Republic (Newspaper). One public 18 hole golf course, one 9 hole private golf course and outdoor pool, 1 miniature golf course, Geneseo Campground with 63 campsites and 4 cabins. Boating, fishing, and bike paths are located along the Hennepin Canal and Green River. 16 Wi-Fi Sites are found throughout the City. Locally owned and operated Telephone Company. 3 assisted living facilities. Many local non-for profit organizations host Ice Cream Socials in the City Park during spring, summer and fall. Our citizens and the community are offered support by the Geneseo Food Pantry. The Geneseo Ministerial Association and Rebuilding Together are very active throughout the Community.

Government – Mayor/City Council – Committee of the Whole
– Police Department comprised of 1 Chief of Police, 1 Deputy Chief,4 Sergeants combined 13 officers and 4 Dispatchers. The Geneseo Police department is the 911 service center for the City of Geneseo and Henry County.

Volunteer Fire Department – Geneseo Fire District
Fire Insurance Rating – Within City Limits: 5 Outside City Limits: 7

Electricity

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Primary supplier is city-owned municipal power system 29,800 kW for back-up and peak load energy The City has ownership rights to 3,500 kW of Mid American Energy’s Louisa coal-fired plant 3,725 kW wind turbines

Water/Sewer

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City- owned municipal water system provided by three wells and two Iron Removal Plants Storage capacity: 1.5 millions gallons Water plant design capacity: 3 millions gallons/day Average consumption: 0 .75 millions gallons/day Peak consumption: 1.1 million gallons/day Waste water treatment: city-owned plant providing primary and secondary waste water treatment Treatment capacity: 4.0 millions gallons/day Present load: 0.8 millions gallons/day Daily average load: 1.5 millions gallons/day

Public Services

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Prompt snow removal services Superior Contracted refuse/recycling collection. 2 Local Cemeteries with over 80 acres of green space. 100 acres of Park green space with 5 playgrounds. 6 youth soccer fields 6 tennis courts. Weekly residential brush removal options. Community use brush collection/disposal located at Prairie Park. 18 holes disc golf course at Richmond Hill Park. Ice Skating Rink at Richmond Hill Park Sand Volleyball at Richmond Hill Park

Transportation:

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Interstate/Highways serving Geneseo: I-74, I-80, I-88, I-280 State Highways: IL Highways 6 and 82 US Customs – Port of Entry: 30 minutes away for import-export facilities within QC Foreign Trade Zone #133 Service Territory Motor Freight Carriers: Over 100 MDA, 8 interstate motor freight carriers Water: Mississippi River located 20 miles to the west, Rock River Rail System: Iowa Interstate Railroad Airports: Quad City International Airport – 20 minutes away, served by 5 commercial Airlines Elliot Flying Service – located at Quad City Airport, multi-engine and jet service can be arranged Gen-Air Park – 1/2 mile grass runway, public use welcome, provides storage & maintenance for small aircraft. Located just west of Geneseo. Gen-Air was recognized as the 2010 Private Airport of the year by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Geneseo Community Unit District #228

Geneseo Community Unit School Dist #228 is a K-12 district that was formed in 1949 and comprises 261 square miles with the annexation of the former Atkinson School District in 1988. The district operates five schools plus the Unit Office, all located within the city limits, and serves approximately 2,650 students ages 3 to 18. The staff includes over 180 certified teachers, 143 support staff, and 11 administrators, many with advanced degrees. Special programs in the district begin with the Ladders to Learning program for 3 to 5 year-old children. The District also supports an Early Childhood Special Education (ECE) program for 3 to 5 year olds.

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Special Education programs are offered at all levels. Title I Reading services are provided to elementary students. Accelerated programs are offered in the core content areas of the elementary school and many college credit dual-enrollment and AP courses are offered at the high school level. Art, music and physical education are taught by certified specialists in all grades. Geneseo High School offers a wide variety of courses in the vocational/technical, academic, and fine arts disciplines. Students have the opportunity to take a wide-ranging selection of elective courses to meet students’ particular interests and career goals. Geneseo High School’s extra-curricular programs in music and athletics are known throughout the State of Illinois. Students attend Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Illinois, and University of Iowa, Augustana College, St. Ambrose and other public and state schools in Illinois and neighboring colleges/universities. Over 90% of graduating seniors move on to continuing education earning certificates, two year or four year degrees. Students earn honors as National Merit Scholars, Illinois State Scholars, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Other District awards and recognitions from 2007-10 include: 2007-08 NCIC Reagan Division “All-Sports Team Champions” 2009 National Digital Schools Recognition for use of technology-4th place finish in Mid-sized Student Population category-2,500 to 15,000 students 2010 National Digital Schools Recognition for use of technology-3rd place finish in Mid-sized Student Population category-2,500 to 15,000 students 2008 National Board-certified Teacher 2008 ISBE Academic Excellence Award Illinois Honor Roll to Northside and Southwest Elementary Schools 2009 ISBE Academic Excellence Award Illinois Honor Roll to Northside and Southwest Elementary Schools 2010 ISBE Academic Excellence Award Illinois Honor Roll to Northside and Southwest Elementary Schools 2009 Master Teacher Award Recipient Annual “GHS Educator Night” featured in article published in High School Today magazine 2009 IHSA Football Class 4A State Champion Runner Up Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE) Drama Theater Educator Award, 2009-10 2010 IHSA Class A Music Solo and Ensemble and Organization Contests – 3rd Place 2009-10 NCIC Reagan Division “All-Sports Team Champions” Illinois School District -Year 2010 School Search Bright Star Award Recipient for Educational Excellence Illinois Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE) Drama Theater Educator Award, 2010-11 National Board Certified Teacher 2010

Hammond Henry Hospital

Hammond Henry Hospital is a public district hospital located on the northwest side of Geneseo. Its roots are traced to 1901 when John C. Hammond purchased the Northwestern Normal Dormitory and presented it the City of Geneseo for the purpose of establishing a hospital.

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Hammond also provided a $1,000 check to renovate the building and the hospital opened its doors by the end of the year. For the next 109 years, Hammond-Henry Hospital has continued to serve the community of Geneseo and the surrounding area by providing quality health care services. In 2002, a medical office area was constructed which brought all of the local doctors into the hospital building. This addition also included a surgery center, which allowed for growth in surgery and outpatient procedures. By 2004, a building addition replaced an aging inpatient care unit with a third floor addition, which provides medical/ surgical care, critical care, and a women’s health and birthing center. All but one of the 23 medical/surgical rooms is private, and encourages family members and visitors to be a part of a patient’s care and recovery. Designed with a focus on a healing environment, the third floor’s “Patient Comfort Project” uses natural colors, wood tones and natural light to complement the personal attention provided by the nursing and medical staffs. In July of 2010, the hospital broke ground on an estimated $20 million dollar addition and will include an assisted living wing with other expanded services.

Geneseo Park District

The Geneseo Park District provides the community award winning facilities and programs, recently receiving National Recreation and Park Association Awards for Facility Renovation, Website Design, Partnership Programming, and Health & Fitness Promotion. The Park District encompasses 144 square miles and is governed by a Board of 5 elected Commissioners who serve 4-year terms.

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The District owns and operates a 58,000 square foot Community Center that houses a Cardio/Weight Room with state-of-the art fitness equipment. Two full size basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, an indoor walking/running track and several programming rooms are available to the public 7 days a week. Locker rooms, a sauna, and a large lounge area provide customers with convenient and comfortable amenities. The Center’s Indoor Pool is open year round for open swim, lap swim, fitness classes and private parties. The Outdoor Pool provides summer aquatic fun to Geneseo with water slides, diving boards, bathhouse and concession area. The Geneseo Park District operates Central Theater. Located in Downtown Geneseo, this historic 80-year-old theater continues to offer current film entertainment on the big screen. Renovated in 1996, the theater seats 178 and offers Sony Dynamic Digital Surround Sound. The Athletic Field, an 8-acre park, currently serves as the host to Geneseo Youth Football, Geneseo Middle School (GMS) 8th grade football, and Geneseo High School (GHS) Frosh-Soph tennis. The Geneseo Park District runs youth sports programs such as flag football, tennis, and golf at the Athletic Field. The mission of the Geneseo Park District is to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing a positive recreational experience for all.