Betty has worked in County Government for 32 years in Whiteside County, Illinois, until her retirement in June 2015, where she still assists them. Betty started at Whiteside County as a Deputy County Recorder 1983-1993. In 1993 Betty became the Whiteside County Economic Development Assistant Director and was appointed the Director in 1999. Betty was charged with helping create jobs and new investment for the region of which included the Whiteside Carroll County Enterprise Zone and JoCarroll Enterprise Zone. These zones included 13 units of government. Betty found her mission in working through the local economies to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and new tax base for the communities and citizens in the toughest of economic times, by helping creating over 3000 new jobs and $300,000,000 in new investment for the small communities within Whiteside and Carroll Counties
with a combined population of 72,500.
With over 25 years of experience in Enterprise Zones
and Economic Development Betty has served on the board of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA)
as secretary, vice president, and has been to date the longest acting President serving in that position
from 2005-2009. She remains on the board as membership chair.
Betty also has been a member of the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) since 1999, becoming chair at this year’s annual conference in June. Her goal for the organization is to have IEDA become the go-to organization for state officials on creating a better economic environment for Illinois.
Betty served on the Best Board of Directors for the Northwest Area Workforce Investment Board until June 2015, and continues to be a member of the Illinois
Tax Increment Financing Association (ITIA), Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, Morrison Area Development Corporation Board (MADC), and Greater Sterling Development Corporation (GSDC) until last fall when she became a part of their team as Special Projects Manager.
Betty is no stranger to writing and managing grants and studies totaling more than $15M to better the region. Betty also enjoys being a mentor for those whom she advises and guides.
Betty and her husband Gary J. Steinert, retired Whiteside County Regional Superintendent of Schools, reside in Morrison, Illinois. Betty and Gary have three children, Roxanne, Adam and Jessica and are blessed with 9 grandchildren.