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Back To Business Grant Program Announced
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced on March 21, 2023, that $175 million is available in grant funding through the Back to Business (B2B) program.
PART Project Launches to Address Regional Transit
Planning for a stronger and more financially secure transit system for Chicagoland is underway with the first meeting of a diverse group of stakeholders from the business, community, environmental, labor, and civic sectors along with the public.
New Hospital Partnership Launches – Includes Bolingbrook Location
In the newsNew Hospital Partnership Launches – Includes Bolingbrook LocationThe University of Chicago Medicine and AdventHealth have closed on a transaction to form a joint venture called UChicago Medicine AdventHealth, which will combine the expertise and resources...
Regional Partnership for Economic Development Announced
The new Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership was announced this week and includes the City of Chicago, Cook County and six counties across the northeastern Illinois region including Will County.
Clarius Partners’ Lion Electric manufacturing facility: A once-in-a-lifetime project in Joliet
The kind of project that doesn’t come along very often. That’s how Peter Schmidt, senior vice president with Rosemont, Illinois-based Meridian Design Build, described the Lion Electric project in Joliet, Illinois.
Annual Report Speaks To Will County
Ruth Colby, CED Board Chair, welcomed more than 250 guests and thanked members of the CED Board for their time, guidance, and leadership in making the CED and Will County the best it can be. She reflected on the CED’s forty-one years of success. In 2022 forty-three investor organizations marked 30 years or more of investment in the CED, which was commemorated through presentations of Certificates of Appreciation recognizing their commitment to community and their partnership with the Will County Center for Economic Development.
IDOT Launches New Site to Keep Public Informed on I-80 Reconstruction
The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new website, I80will.org, to provide the public with the latest information on the $1.2 billion reconstruction of Interstate 80 through Will County, one of the cornerstone projects of Governor JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
ComEd Recognized as National Utility Leader in Attracting Jobs, Investment to Region
ComEd has been recognized again for its leading role in supporting economic growth and job creation across northern Illinois, according to new rankings today by Site Selection Magazine, which named ComEd as one of the Top 20 utilities in economic development. Selected from more than 3,300 electric companies across the country, ComEd is among the top 1 percent of all utilities in attracting new businesses, jobs and investments.
Will County Elected & Appointed Officials Come Together To Put Best Foot Forward
Thirty-three elected and appointed officials and municipal staff representing eleven Will County communities and two State of Illinois Representatives came together for a morning of learning on August 23rd at the CED’s Economic Development Training for Elected and Appointed Officials.
New Community Data Released by Regional Planning Agency
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the region’s comprehensive planning agency and publishes an annual comprehensive workplan and annual report and collects comprehensive community data to help make northeastern Illinois a stronger, more resilient place to live and do business.
CEO Talks Will County Attributes
Doug Pryor, President & CEO of the Will County CED recently sat down with Richard Frederickson to discuss a bit of history of the organization and share some current economic development wins and his excitement for the future.
Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County
Harbor Freight Tools opened its new 1.6 million square foot distribution center located at 3401 Brandon Road in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony.
Lion Electric Project Named Finalist in REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards
The CED was pleased to nominate this significant Joliet – Will County project for consideration in the 2022 REJournals Illinois Real Estate Awards.
Groundbreaking for Central Steel & Wire Company in University Park
It was a great day attended by many for the the new Central Steel & Wire Company headquarters and operation hub relocating to the Village of University Park from Chicago.
Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA
The Will County Center for Economic Development is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Changing the narrative: Out-of-state businesses are buying Illinois’ sales pitch
If you’re someone who thinks Illinois gets everything wrong when it comes to business, this column isn’t for you. Actually, maybe it is especially for you. Maybe before you scream “Get me outta this $%^& state!!!” again, you should read what Dan Seals says to out-of-state businesses when he tells them, you should be in Illinois.
Study finds Will County airports produce major economic impact
Three airports in Will County accounted for more than $140 million in economic impact and supported the creation of almost 800 jobs, according to a recent study.
Will County elected officials attend Lobby Day in Springfield
Will County elected officials including County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, and business leaders including our President & CEO, Doug Pryor, attended Lobby Day in Springfield hosted by the Will County Governmental League.
Lion Electric gives glimpse into future factory
The Lion Electric Company on Monday gave a tour of its future Joliet factory to state and federal officials who extolled the value of providing government incentives to spur the production of electric school buses and trucks.
Illinois Ranking Rises to #3 In Corporate Expansion and Relocation
Exciting news this morning shared by our state business development partner, Intersect Illinois and published by Site Selection Magazine! Illinois’ ranking improved from #4 in 2020 to #3 in 2021 for corporate expansion and relocation projects