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Since its inception in 1834, St. Charles has experienced great prosperity. The Fox River, world-class architecture, international employers, and exceptional city services have created a community that enjoys the reputation of being the “Pride of the Fox.”

Over 2,100 businesses employ more than 33,800 people consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants and manufacturing facilities. An active Chamber of Commerce, a full-service Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the award-winning Downtown St. Charles Partnership contribute.

The St. Charles Business/Industrial Park, located on the east side of the city, provides over 750 acres of business and industrial development. This park is adjacent to the DuPage Airport (third-busiest in Illinois) on Route 64, is serviced by the Union Pacific Railroad, and is within six miles of I-88. Manufacturers have found significant advantages by locating in St. Charles, with low municipal electric rates and reduced insurance rates due to the Fire Department ISO Rating of “2.”

New growth is being experienced with the construction of the Legacy Business Park (36 acres) just south of Route 64 on Kirk Road. Just west of Randall Road on Route 64 will be two more developments. The Corporate Reserve of St. Charles will be a 50-acre business park development, and Pine Ridge Park will add 21 acres of commercial and retail space.

Also to the east, the Charlestowne Mall retail district, Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center, and DuPage Expo contribute to lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment offerings.

Downtown St. Charles is at the onset of one of the largest undertakings in the City’s history — the First Street Redevelopment Project. This development along the Fox River will add 163,496 square feet of retail space, 115,000 square feet of office space, 95 housing units, and 943 parking spaces and will be completed in phases over the next several years. For more information visit www.1ststreetstc.org.

Downtown St. Charles

To the west, our busy Randall Road corridor is home to the Kane County Fairgrounds; the Kane County Judicial Center; and retailers such as Zylstra Harley-Davidson, Lowe’s, Meijer and Costco. Extensive new developments are underway throughout the west side, including major road improvements at the intersection of Route 64 and Randall Road. Costco opened in November 2008, at the intersection of Randall Road and Oak Street. The building encompasses 154,000 square feet, and also features a gas station for its members.

The Economic Development Division was created in 1998 to work with the St. Charles business community to retain existing businesses and market the city externally to attract new businesses. The EDD is a source for the City’s Community Profile (detailed demographic information), Traffic Counts, Available Commercial Properties, Business Listings, Sales Tax Information, Employment Resources for Employers, Publicity Opportunities, and a Shopping Center Directory. All of these and more can be found online at www.stcharlesil.org/edd.

Elgin Community College offers FREE business counseling, as well as seminars, courses and referrals to existing and prospective small-business owners. For more information, contact the ECC Small Business Development Center at (847) 214-7488, or visit them on the web at www.elgin.edu/business.

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