CED Infrastructure Coalition Hears the Latest News

CED Infrastructure Coalition Hears the Latest News

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CED Infrastructure Coalition Hears the Latest News

The CED’s Infrastructure Coalition met recently for a mid-year update on State and regional transportation projects, studies, and plans.

This important CED Coalition’s mission and charge is making sure Will County is meeting the infrastructure needs of our businesses and residents.

Coalition membership is limited to CED investors who have expressed an interest or have served on prior CED transportation committees. The Infrastructure Coalition is co-chaired by Zach Pucel of TranSystems and Eric Pitcher of BNSF Railway.

John Baczek, IDOT, Engineer of Program Development provided an update on 7 District 1 projects including I-80, Houbolt Road Corridor, I-55 & 126/Airport Road, I-55/I-59 Interchange, US 52 River to Houbolt, I-55/Lorenzo Road & I-55/IL 129 and the I-57 corridor.

Ann Schneider, President, Ann L. Schneider and Associates, provided an update on Will County transportation plans including the Will County Joliet Intermodal Transportation Master Plan, Moving Will County, and other current and planned studies.

Doug Pryor, CED President & CEO provided a draft of the updated Will County Transportation Blueprint to the group for review and discussion. This important document identifies priority projects for the repair, replacement, and construction of new and expanded roads, bridges, rail and transit services, aviation facilities and inland waterway facilities.

Doug also indicated that sub-groups of the Coalition will be meeting in the next few months to discuss and assess challenges and opportunities in the areas of non-transportation infrastructure needs including energy, telecommunications, and water supply and look to support policies, projects, and initiatives to meet the needs of current and future Will County businesses and industries.

More information on these important subjects can be found here:

IDOT REGION 1

IDOT Region 1 (illinois.gov)
Featured Projects (illinois.gov)

WILL COUNTY TRANSPORTATION

Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan (willcountyfreight.org)
Division of Transportation (willcountyillinois.com)
Master Plan (willcountyillinois.com)

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CED Hosts Eye Opener Breakfast

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The successes and growth of Will County over the past year

For the first time since 2019 board members, investors, partners and supporters of the Will County Center for Economic Development came together to network and hear about the successes and growth of Will County over the past year.

The CED’s Board Chair, Ruth Colby, enthusiastically welcomed the 200 in attendance emphasizing the excitement in the room to gather again in person.

Additionally, Ruth applauded the CED Board of Directors, a group of incredible community leaders who provide their time, guidance, and leadership to help make the CED and Will County the best it can be. She went on to extend gratitude to all CED Investors in attendance, who help drive investment and opportunity to Will County every day.

Will County Executive, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant spoke about the hard work of the CED and Board in attracting new business. She said she has been to a lot of ribbon cuttings throughout the county lately!

CEO Doug Pryor speaking at 2022 Eye Opener Breakfast

Doug Pryor speaking at the 2022 Eye Opener Breakfast

Doug Pryor, President & CEO was the featured speaker and shared some eye opening successes and growth of Will County over the past year, which included good news about our population gains, low unemployment and single-family housing leadership. Other Will County facts and updates:

  • Leading the state in job creation – 47,802 since 2011
  • Retail occupancy at an all-time high – 96%
  • $11.5 billion in retail sales – 33% increase from previous high
  • #1 in Illinois in industrial development
  • Office occupancy – 94%
  • Home prices hit new record in 2022 – $306,000
  • Update on major transportation projects
  • CED Programs and Events

A look ahead……

View the 2022 Eye Opener Presentation

Our Sincere Thanks to
Presenting Sponsor
First Midwest Bank

First Midwest Bank - A Division of Old National Bank

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Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County

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Harbor Freight Celebrates New Distribution Center in Joliet, Will County

Harbor Freight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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 that included Harbor officials, Will County Executive, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, officials from Joliet Township High School District, Will County CED President, Doug Pryor, and many guests. This new center will allow the retailer to efficiently deliver products to more than 300 stores in 16 states in the Midwest.

In recognition of the importance of public high school trades education for the country’s future, and the career pathways being developed in the Joliet community, the Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC provided a $100,000 grant to the Joliet Township High School District #204. In addition, the company itself is donating $10,000 in gift cards to help update and furnish trades classroom spaces at two local high schools, Joliet Central High School and Joliet West High School, plus a Full Bank Tool Cart in the schools’ colors.

Harbor Freight Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new distribution center in Joliet, Will County

A company spokesman expressed thanks to its Joliet partners, including local contractors and crews who built the new facility. The new distribution center will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by eliminating the need to transport products to the region from either coast. The state-of-the-art center contains the latest in technology, including automatic storage and retrieval and robotic operations. Hiring is underway with approximately 800 jobs with competitive wages and benefits offered.

The CED’s Doug Pryor shared that work on this project began locally with our first call in August 2017.

“Sometimes good projects can take a long time.”

One thing that stood out for Doug was the extraordinary time that Harbor’s senior leadership spent planning for this project and how it would bring benefit to the community and to their customers.

“Companies like Harbor, committed to being strong employers and advocates for your business, help raise the economy of the region and make sure that Will County remains a location of choice for residents and businesses now and in the future.“

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Celebrating Jim Roolf’s Decades of Leadership

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Celebrating Jim Roolf’s Decades of Leadership

Jim Roolf, a longtime member of the CED Board of Directors, past Chairman, and Frank Turk Jr. Award recipient, attended his final meeting as a regular member of the Board in May.

Ruth Colby-2022 CED Board Chair, Jim Roolf, Doug Pryor-CED President & CEO

Pictured: Ruth Colby-2022 CED Board Chair, Jim Roolf, Doug Pryor-CED President & CEO

Jim has represented First Midwest Bank (soon to be Old National Bank) for more than 20 years with the CED. With a clear vision of the economic development possibilities for Will County, Jim worked on or chaired many important committees, coalitions, and councils that helped move Will County forward. Among his many accomplishments Jim served on the Illinois Tollway Board at a critical time and helped lead the development of the long-promised I-355 extension, one of many important Will County projects for which Jim has been an essential catalyst.

Jim Roolf Speaking at Opening

Jim Roolf Speaking at Opening

Jim has been a fierce advocate for Will County and we are excited that he will continue to work with the CED through committees and working groups offering his experience, knowledge, and humor. Thank you, Jim, for being a strong leader and for all of your work to help the CED and Will County be more successful!

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Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000  Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA

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Will County Center for Economic Development Awarded $400,000
Brownfields Assessment Grant by U.S. EPA

Joliet riverfront view

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.

This grant provides funding to identify sites and conduct a range of planning activities, develop site specific clean-up plans, and community outreach related to brownfield sites with an emphasis on the Des Plaines River corridor in Will County. Brownfield sites are those contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, and contaminants. Once remediated, former brownfield properties can be redeveloped into a variety productive uses.

“Turning vacant or underutilized spaces into thriving community hubs is one of the cornerstones of our Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan, and I’m pleased to see the Biden Administration provide funding for brownfields revitalization in Will County,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This support marks another milestone in our journey to advance educational, environmental, economic and health justice for all Illinois residents.”

“Thank you to the U.S. EPA for providing the opportunity and funding for Will County to assess areas of environmental concern,” said Doug Pryor, President and CEO of Will County Center for Economic Development. “This grant will serve as a catalyst for needed cleanup and create opportunities for new growth in long disinvested areas of Will County. This work will help promote private investment, create jobs, and encourage growth in the County’s communities.”

The Center for Economic Development worked closely with the communities of Joliet, Lockport, and Rockdale and the County of Will through the application process. These communities helped develop an outstanding case highlighting Will County’s need to address the environmental and human health issues in brownfield areas.

“This grant is an important first step in empowering community-focused development in these neglected areas,” said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. “By eliminating blight and reducing the risk of environmental contamination in this region, we are supporting greener, healthier neighborhoods, as well as needed economic development.”

“We are looking forward to utilizing this opportunity to create positive outcomes for Joliet by removing environmental barriers to growth and opportunity,” added Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “Thank you to the Center for Economic Development and United States Environmental Protection Agency Region V for your partnership.”

“Many brownfield sites across the country are in ‘downtown’ areas revealing that cities and towns were often built up in conjunction with one another. These vacated industrial sites are in prime, walkable locations where people live,” Lockport Mayor Steven Streit said. “There is wisdom in investing money to repurpose such brownfields. Restoring them back into functional places means there is one less bit of prime farmland being over-turned for new development on the far edge of town. Building back walkable, thriving communities where people both live AND work is the blueprint of civilizations since settlements first began. I applaud our lawmakers for making funds available to assist in the cleanup of these strategic places.”

“I would like to thank U.S. EPA for the $400,000 of funding for the Brownfield Assessment grant for the Village of Rockdale and our neighboring communities,” said Sam Wyke, Mayor of Rockdale. “Investment in brownfields programs in communities like Rockdale has had a positive impact throughout the nation. Our community was settled by workers of companies and businesses involved with heavy industries that provided many jobs. Now, most of the industrial sites have been vacant or underutilized for several generations. We need to determine the unrealized potential and opportunities of the unused industrial sites. Turning polluted properties back into productive real estate will help us bring the jobs back to our Village. The grant will improve public health and safety and will also increase the tax base.”

For more information on the Environmental Protection Agency or Brownfield Assessment Grants, please visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-assessment-grants.

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BNSF

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