27 W. Stephenson Street Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356 Fax: 815-235-4038

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Numerous cheese plants operate in Stephenson County including Torkelson's (Lena), Kolb-Lena (Lena), Springbrook (Davis), and Nuestro Queso (Kent). Much of our area's milk also travels to Stockton Cheese, which is the largest producer of Swiss cheese in the United States.


The dedicated NIDA staff includes Executive Director Dave Young and Associate Director Tess Dahm, who direct and manage day-to-day operations and bring vision, drive and focus to their roles.

NIDA's Board of Directors is comprised of industry and community leaders who selflessly help manage the affairs of the corporation because they believe in our vision and goals. If you would like to become a member of NIDA please contact us today. Once you become a member, you can position yourself to become a Director and Officer of the Board through your continued service and investment with the corporation. Please review the attached NIDA Summary Information or contact a staff member.

Board of Directors, Officers and Staff

Chair Brian Helm Helm Group President
Vice Chair Gary Quinn US Bank Vice President
Secretary Mark Winter Winter Construction President
Treasurer Mary Hartman State Bank President
City of Freeport Jodi Miller City of Freeport Mayor
City of Freeport Lowell Crow City of Freeport City Manager
Stephenson County  Bill Hadley Stephenson County Board Chairman
Stephenson County Scott Helms Stephenson County Board District I
Director Mike Clark FHN CFO
Director Mark Wright Midwest Community Bank President
Director Amy Baker Citizens State Bank President & CEO
Director Mike Schiffman FSD #145 Superintendent
Directot Adam Holder Fehr Graham Partner
Director Kurt Seagrist Berner Food & Beverage CEO
Director Tim Hood Highland Community College President
NIDA Dave Young Northwest Illinois Development Alliance Executive Director
NIDA Tess Dahm Northwest Illinois Development Alliance Associate Director

Contact Us

27 W. Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356
Fax: 815-235-4038
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