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Why you should be in Ottawa!

Kohl's Distribution CenterOttawa is a growing center for manufacturing, research and development, agriculture, warehouse distribution and commercial development. This diverse base continues to prosper due to Ottawa’s favorable location, tax incentives and quality workforce.

Interstate 80 and 39Ottawa is ideally positioned on the east-west Interstate 80, nine miles east of north-south Interstate 39 and just 90 miles from Chicago.Ottawa’s Industrial Park is located two miles from I-80 at highways 71 and 6. Rail access is on site, and a barge terminal is nearby on the Illinois River. Other industrial and commercial sites are located just north and south of I-80 and Route 23, and in the “Greater Ottawa” Industrial Park on Ottawa’s South-side.

Tax advantages and other economic incentives attract new business and industry, and encourage expansion by existing companies. The city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and Enterprise Zones allow for reimbursements and waivers for a variety of eligible expenses. Too, the City of Ottawa utilizes a streamlined permitting process to help meet tight deadlines.

Downtown Ottawa, ILOttawa boasts a well-balanced economy and progressive business atmosphere. In addition to a broad-based retail establishment, the community is the source of a wide range of manufacture’s products for both domestic use and export.



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In the News


  • Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois meets $400,000 goal and moves forward with its creation
  • ”The Beaute Bar” upscale salon open in 807 building
  • Community leaders meet with Sports Facility Advisory Consultants to discuss feasibility of Recreational Center
  • ”Tangled Roots Lone Buffalo” brew pub opens
  • ”Hope for L:ife” Center to open in Central Life building
  • ”Cristal Metals” produces 1st pure titanium powder batch by revolutionary method
  • Former “Jims formal; Wear” building sold
  • ”Visiting Angels”, provider of medical senior care providers opens
  • SE corner building on Main and Clinton Street sold and to be turned into an Art Center and Gallery
  • 2015

  • Floodplain Management Commission formed to determine ways to mitigate the impact of flood events
  • RiverHouse Bed & Breakfast opens on Ottawa’s Southside
  • ”The Ottawa Bakery” opens on Court & Madison St.
  • Grand Opening of “Red Dog Grille” at Heritage Harbor Resort
  • ”Laurilea’s Unique Junk Boutique” opens on Court Street
  • Carson Building sold to Tangled Roots Brewing Company
  • Mayor presents annual “State of the City” highlighting “before and after” pictures of downtown
  • Medical Marijuna Dispensary opens
  • Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is organized
  • Ottawa Area Enterprise Zone certified effective January 1, 2016
  • 2014

  • City announces $.4.5 million upgrade to Ottawa Industrial Park
  • Anytime Fitness” opens new facility
  • Hardees” reopens in former location
  • Bill Walsh Honda opens in facility
  • ”Sports Clips” opens first non-suburban down-state location in “Ottawa Center”
  • ”Sticky Lizard Yogurt” Opens on Main Street
  • Rosati’s Pizza announces plans to open restaurant in Wal-Mart Center
  • ”Iconics” ladies fashion store opens on LaSalle St.
  • RP Lumber has Grand Opening
  • Ottawa Boat club Purchased
  • Reddick Library has Grand Opening of new $2 million renovated facility
  • 2013

  • Met with Ginko Planning & Design to begin process of developing Ottawa’s Downtown Waterfront
  • R.P. Lumber acquires former K-Mart building
  • Grand Opening of B.A.S.H. (Burger and Sushi House Restaurant)
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