NCICG hosting event July 18 at Hall High
SPRING VALLEY — Three top Illinois officials are scheduled to speak July 18 at the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG) 2019 Annual Economic Development Summit.
The NCICG’s Economic Development District will host the summit at Hall High School Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This year’s speakers are:
• Erin Guthrie, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
• Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
• Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Intersect Illinois.
Also presenting will be Dionne Roberts-Emegha, who is partnership coordinator with the U.S. Census Bureau.
The event represents an opportunity for area leaders and citizens to meet with and hear these officials speak about their plans for Illinois and the region.
For more information on registering for the event, or sponsorships for this event, contact Dianna Tuftie at email@example.com or call 815-433-5830.
Here’s more about the speakers:
• Guthrie most recently served as the regional general manager for Uber Midwest in Chicago, where she partnered with cities and regulators to create safe, positive experiences for customers and residents. From 2013 to 2017, she was a client engagement manager and partnership portfolio manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.
She received her MBA from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford University. Guthrie lives in Wicker Park with her husband and son.
• Prior to being named director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources earlier this year, Callahan managed her own communications consulting firm after serving for more than seven years as state director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois. During her tenure at USDA, she and her staff worked with local communities and businesses to generate a $1 billion increase in the Illinois rural development loan portfolio.
Callahan also worked for 30 years in radio and television, serving as the agribusiness director for WMBD in Peoria.
• Before coming to Intersect Illinois, Peterson served as president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise, successfully recruiting scores of new companies, creating thousands of new jobs and more than $2.5 billion in new investments. Peterson has proved himself to be a strong advocate for the communities he serves, building a reputation among his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent.
Peterson received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 from St. John Fisher College and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program in 1994.