The City of Sterling's Partners

The City of Sterling is dedicated to improving the community through economic development.  In order to spur development, the City partners with four local organizations: The Greater Sterling Development Corporation, Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Sterling Main Street, and Sterling Today.  You can read more about each of these organizations below.  Please explore our partners' websites for additional information.

Greater Sterling Development Corporation

The Greater Sterling Development Corporation (GSDC) has an experienced, proactive team that works closely with the City of Sterling, the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations to ensure that businesses have access to all the resources and information needed to make an informed decision about relocation to our area.  The GSDC team can provide assistance with:

Transportation studies
Site selection
Business relocation
Utility cost analysis
Business start-up
Workforce analysis and training/development resources
Grant and incentive programs
Quality of life data


The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is an association of professional individuals, men and women, representatives of business, industry, agriculture, as well as public and municipal organizations, joined together for the promotion and enhancement of the Sauk Valley community.

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has a long tradition of working for our members and listening to our members' needs. Our future continues on this path of excellence by creating a regional business organization, which works closely with our local development offices for the benefit of the Sauk Valley Region and our entire business community.

You can contact the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 211 Locust Street in Sterling, by phone at (815) 625-2400, or through their website.


Sterling Main Street

"Sterling Main Street is a partnership of businesses, citizens, property owners, civic leaders, and city officials devoted to achieving a balance between historic preservation and economic development in the downtown district."

Originally organized in 1999, Sterling Main Street became the dream and dedication of a small group of Sterling business owners and community leaders. Working for many years to bring the Sterling Main Street Program to Sterling, their hard work and vision was finally rewarded when in March of 2009 they received the official accreditation from the Illinois Main Street Program. In addition, that same year, Sterling Main Street relocated their office to their amazing renovation project of 4 years, The Martin Building, located on the corner of 3rd Street and Locust which is now the home of The Rusty Fox.

Sterling Main Street is a non-profit organization that works to promote a growing, thriving, and prosperous business community in Sterling's downtown district. We continue with our goal of achieving a responsible balance between historic preservation and economic development, inviting all businesses, organizations, and residents to become a partner as we continue to improve the heart and soul of our city.

Today, Sterling Main Street continues to work with Illinois Main Street as well as utilizing the National Main Street Center's Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization. This approach is based on a comprehensive strategy, tailored to local needs and opportunities in four broad areas:

Design enhances the physical appearance of downtown by encouraging improvement projects such as historic building rehabilitation, streetscapes, and storefront revitalization.

Organization builds a unity among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.

Promotion works to create excitement downtown. Street festivals, parades, and retail events are some of the ways Main Street encourages new customers, investors, businesses, and visitors.

Economic Restructuring
Economic Restructuring strengthens the downtowns economic base by assisting and recruiting businesses and finding new uses for underused space.

Sterling Today, Incorporated

Sterling Today started as a group of volunteers in 1990 and has since tranformed into a nont-for-profit 501C3 corporation "to provide guidance, direction and control in support of business development activities and to combat community deterioration."

Sterling Today has made significant contributions to the Library Plaza, the City's Streescape Project, Sterling Main Street, the Manahan Home, and various downtown projects.  At present, Sterling Today is building a new facility for the Veteran's Administration Clinic.

STI won the prestigious P.W. Dillon Award in 2002 in appreciation for all that it has done for the community of Sterling.

Stering Today's Vision Statement reads: STI will successfully develop and promote the "service area" into a vibrant, progressive downtown that attracts diverse people to shop, eat, find entertainment, visit, live and work, based on a master plan, developed in collaboration with the City of Sterling and other civic organizations.

Sterling Today's Mission Statement reads: STI's mission is "to provide guidance, direction and control and to encourage, promote and support the business development activities, and combat deterioration in the City of Sterling."