Rochelle hopes to attract business with developer summit

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ROCHELLE, Ill. (WTVO) — Rochelle has been very aggressive over the years, when it comes to luring businesses to the small town.

Despite recent high-profile shutdowns of the Nippon-Sharyo plant and Union Pacific’s hub, that hasn’t slowed down the city’s efforts.

Rochelle held it’s inaugural “developer summit” Thursday afternoon.

Mayor John Bearrows made the event one of his goals when he was elected.

City Hall invited community members, developers, construction companies, real estate firms, and other businesses. Some already call the Hub City home.

They shared their experiences with other companies that have the potential to consider sites in Rochelle.

“We want to work and take care of the people who are here, and help them grow and expand,” said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh. “But, we also want to increase our recruitment efforts and bring new business to the community. It’s a two-pronged approach, both very important.”

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