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

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Jane Addams, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Chicago's Hull House, was born in Cedarville in 1860. You can tour Cedarville's Jane Addams Museum. Freeport native Robert Johnson founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1980, became the first black billionaire and proceeded to co-own a pro basketball team with Michael Jordan and rapper Nelly.


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 Fritz Kuhlmeier Citizens State Bank President
Vice Chair Brian Helm Helm Group President
Secretary Mark Winter Winter Construction President
Treasurer Mary Hartman State Bank President
Mayor, City of Freeport James Gitz City of Freeport Mayor
Director Mike Clark FHN CFO
Director Mark Wright Midwest Community Bank President
Director Steve Kneubuehl Berner Food & Beverage CEO
Director Doug Block Highland Community College Board Chairperson
Director Michael Schiffman Freeport School District #145 Superintendent
Director Gary Quinn US Bank  President
Director Todd Weegens Fehr Graham Partner
City Alderperson Rep Tom Klemm City of Freeport 1st Ward Alderperson
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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