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.

Mission Statement

Strategic and Operational Priorities

Mission Statement
NIDA is a not-for-profit economic development corporation focused on retaining and expanding business, and diversifying the economic base of the City of Freeport, Stephenson County, and northwest Illinois.

Shared Strategic Vision
We focus on supporting business development, creating and retaining primary jobs, and aligning the skills of our workforce with the needs of business by employing the land, capital, infrastructure and labor resources of the community, in sync with the market and within a business-friendly environment, to create the economic wealth required to deliver and sustain the area's high quality of life for our dynamic and diverse population.

NIDA is Cost Efficient and Effective
NIDA's public/private structure maximizes the effectiveness of regional economic development efforts while minimizing the cost.


  • Utilizes a small but effective staff so local governments avoid the added cost of hiring their own staffs and duplicating efforts.
  • Facilitates the kind of inter-governmental and private sector collaboration needed to maximize economic development results
  • Provides developers as well as prospective and existing businesses a one-stop shop for information and assistance.

Contact Us

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