Founded in 2006, the Development Consortium, Inc. (TDC) is a professional organization specializing in site selection, financing, incentive negotiations, Illinois Enterprise Zones and related economic development consulting to corporations, governmental bodies, not-for-profit entities and regional and statewide organizations.
TDC principals Janet Mathis and Craig Coil collectively have nearly 50 years of economic and community development experience. They have assisted companies of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations, with site selection, financing, incentive negotiations and program application development and administration. They have also worked with communities on business retention, expansion and attraction projects as well as community and regional economic development initiatives.
Coil was directly involved in the multi-year legislative initiative to extend the life of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program as well as the development of legislative language contained in the Act. He was integral in the program rules design and implementation process in partnership with the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the Taxpayer's Federation of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association as the only private sector economic development participant in the discussions. Coil was a Zone Administrator at the local level for over 11 years.
Aside from providing core services to clients across the country, Janet and Craig are experts in working with state and federal agencies. Some of their more frequent interactions have included state Departments of Commerce and related Economic Development agencies, state Departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agencies, Historic Preservation Agencies, Agriculture, Natural Resources/Conservation and Emergency Management agencies, as well as local development agencies throughout the country. They also have experience dealing with federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Economic Development Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In order to provide value added services to their clients, Mathis and Coil are licensed Illinois Real Estate Brokers in association with Enterprise Realty LLC in Effingham, Illinois, a subsidiary of Agracel, Inc.
TDC principals also have significant experience in not for profit corporation administration, human resources and personnel, research, public relations, marketing, legislative and governmental affairs and organizational management.
In short, TDC is a team geared to help you achieve success. In addition to the firm’s principals, we have established relationships with support firms who are also experts in their fields. From accounting services to design, engineering and construction companies as well as our network of professional advertising, public relations, research, G.I.S. and grant writing firms, TDC can deliver a seamless package of services to meet your needs in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Janet M. Mathis
TDC Principal and Chief Executive Officer Janet M. Mathis co-founded the company in 2006. From 2011 until her departure in May of 2017, she served as the President and CEO of Renew Moline, Inc. (Illinois). In her Renew Moline role, Mathis was responsible for working with the City of Moline and its development partners and allies to provide assistance in the planning, coordination and supervision of catalytic economic development projects and programs impacting Moline’s Riverfront.
No stranger to public policy and economic development, Mathis’ career spans more than 25 years and encompasses work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has a proven track record in financial packaging, incentive negotiations, site selection, policy advocacy, public relations, marketing, international trade and workforce development. In the last decade through her work at TDC, the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Renew Moline, Mathis has managed economic development projects in multiple industry sectors which resulted in the creation or retention of more than 4,200 jobs and more than $1.2 billion in capital investment.
She is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Economic Development Association (previously known as the Illinois Development Council or IDC), the state association of economic development professionals and has served as Chairman of most of the organization’s standing committees, including the Marketing, Conference Planning, Communications, Governmental Affairs and Executive committees.
She was the 2013 recipient of the Illinois Economic Development Association’s Distinguished Developer of the Year Award.
Mathis was a founding board member of the Iowa New Ventures Center and the Northwest Entrepreneurship Center and currently serves on Black Hawk College’s Small Business Development Center Board and the Northwest International Trade Center Board. She is a member of Western Illinois University’s Leadership Council, Engineering College Advisory Board and Construction Steering Committee. She has been active on many other civic and educational boards in the Quad Cities Region focused on a variety of causes including youth development, family issues, Alzheimer’s and eldercare.
Mathis also serves on the Board of Directors of FARM Illinois. FARM Illinois is bringing together Illinois’ top agricultural, business, and economic leaders to develop and advocate for the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan for Illinois and the Chicago region to ensure the state is meeting the 21st Century challenge of global food security.
She was a member of the 2014 class of the Edgar Fellows Initiative. The Edgar Fellows initiative focuses on the requirements and responsibilities of leadership and governing. It emphasizes the need to forthrightly address major policy issues without permitting partisan, ethnic and regional rivalries to trump statesmanship and is designed to influence attitudes and foster mutual understanding. It holds the promise of facilitating bipartisan and cross- regional cooperation as participants – diverse in race, gender, political persuasion and geography – assume more influential roles.
Over the last 20 years, Mathis has been an advisor for multiple gubernatorial transition teams.
Mathis has a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural industries from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with continuing studies in economic development from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and brownfields redevelopment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mathis resides in Geneseo, Illinois, a suburb of the Quad Cities Metro region.
J. Craig Coil
TDC Principal and Chief Operating Officer J. Craig Coil co-founded the company in 2006. From 2002 through 2013, he was the President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (Illinois) where he also served as Administrator of both the Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone and the Decatur Foreign Trade Zone. Coil has nearly 30 years of economic development experience at the state, regional and local levels as well as in private sector consulting. He has held marketing positions in media and entertainment organizations in the private and public sectors and has extensive experience in government and legislative relations.
Coil joined the Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs, the predecessor agency to the Illinois Department of Commerce in 1988. Over the next 14 years, he held several positions including Area Development Representative, Targeted Industry Specialist, Division Manager of Industry Development, Division Manager of Market Development, where he oversaw day to day operations of the State of Illinois project management and marketing group, and Senior Corporate Services Manager, where he was the lead project manager for major location, expansion and retention projects.
A recognized leader in economic development policy development and implementation, site location and incentive negotiation and packaging, Coil has worked extensively with Fortune 50 globally oriented corporations as well as second and third tier companies and startups seeking new or expanded locations and related location incentives.
While working for the State of Illinois, he received the Distinguished Economic Developer Award from the Illinois Development Council (IDC), a statewide association of economic development professionals (now known as the Illinois Economic Development Association).
In 2007, Coil was presented with the Illinois Economic Development Association Chairman’s Award for outstanding service to the Association and for outstanding contributions to Illinois Economic Development, the first award of its kind given to an association member.
In addition to his role at TDC, Coil currently serves as Liaison to the Illinois Department of Commerce for the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA), where he previously served as Board President. IEZA includes among its members over 85% of the Illinois Enterprise Zones across the state. He was actively involved with the development and passage of the most recent Illinois Enterprise Zone extension legislation and is a frequent speaker and consultant on the subject of Enterprise Zones and business incentives.
Coil is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Economic Development Association and has served on the Boards of numerous organizations throughout Illinois. He is also a member of the International Economic Development Council, the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and the Council for Development Finance Agencies.
Coil also served on the Economic Development/Sustainability committee for FARM Illinois. FARM Illinois is bringing together Illinois’ top agricultural, business, and economic leaders to develop and advocate for the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan for Illinois and the Chicago region to ensure the state is meeting the 21st Century challenge of global food security.
A graduate of Illinois State University, with professional studies at Ohio State University and the University of Oklahoma, Coil resides in Petersburg, Illinois, a suburb of Springfield.