Economic Development

The DeWitt Chamber & Development Company spearheads the community’s economic development, business growth, and workforce development efforts. The DCDC partners with the City of DeWitt and other local, county and state organizations to encourage businesses to start, expand or relocate to our community.

DeWitt boasts a strong and diversified base of employers, featuring a blend of over 300 unique small businesses and large international companies. Retail shops, restaurants, and service providers can be found throughout the community with a concentration in our vibrant Downtown District and along our 11th Street Corridor.

Manufacturing is DeWitt’s largest industry sector. Sixteen manufacturing companies that employ over 1,000 individuals are located in or around the Crossroads Business Park, the city’s industrial park on the south edge of town, and the surrounding area. Guardian Glass, part of Guardian Industries, a global glass manufacturer, is DeWitt’s largest employer shipping almost 10,000 truckloads of float glass products every year. Other large manufacturing employers include Car-Freshner Corporation and Custom-Pak.

Agriculture has a substantial impact on our local economy. Within Clinton County, 322,700 (NASS 2018) acres of land are planted each year to produce crops like corn, soybeans, hay and other goods. These crops are sold to a diverse, and in some cases, global marketplace that includes river terminals that receive grain destined for export channels, large processors (such as ADM in nearby Clinton) that make a diverse portfolio of products that are sold globally and local feed mills. These local feed mills support a livestock industry within our county that includes both cattle and hog feeders as well as dairy herds. Our agriculture industry within Clinton County is supported by strong local advocacy groups such as County Farm Bureau, County Pork Producers, County Cattleman Association, and a multi County Dairy Association. Our county fair, held annually in DeWitt in July, is a vibrant display of many of these groups, industries, and Clinton County’s long standing agriculture heritage.

DeWitt is included in the Quad City Area Laborshed of 588,000+ people. As a rural community, it is expected that many DeWitt residents work outside our community. Unusual to a rural community is the fact that more employees commute into DeWitt to work than those who commute out. This fact illustrates that employment opportunities and employees are available in DeWitt!

DeWitt is the place to expand, relocate or start your business; and the DCDC is here to help you. For more information pertaining to new or existing business development, our local workforce or available development opportunities, call (563) 659-8500.