Changing the narrative: Out-of-state businesses are buying Illinois’ sales pitch

Changing the narrative: Out-of-state businesses are buying Illinois’ sales pitch

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“Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have here,” said Dan Seals, the CEO of Intersect Illinois.

Orrin Schwarz
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Dan Seals Intersect Illinois

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.

“Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have here,” said Seals, the CEO of economic development organization Intersect Illinois, a public-private partnership between state government and many of the leading companies in the state. “And maybe it’s a grass-is-always-greener sort of dynamic, but I meet a lot of people who are doing well but think they’re the only ones who are doing well. And it just surprises me that there is such a wide gap between how we perceive ourselves and what the reality actually is here as far as our business environment is concerned.

“You don’t get an economy this big, you don’t get one this diverse and you don’t get companies that large all here by having a bad business environment. That’s illogical. And so I wish we could get more Illinoisans to be those kinds of ambassadors for what we have here and help me tell that story.”

Out-of-state companies are paying close attention to Seals’ marketing spiel. Maybe you should too.

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Study finds Will County airports produce major economic impact

Study finds Will County airports produce major economic impact

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Study finds Will County airports produce major economic impact

The Joliet Park District has increased fuel prices at Joliet Regional Airport, where rental rates for hangar space increased Wednesday.

BY ALEX ORTIZ – AORTIZ@SHAWMEDIA.COM
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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.

The Illinois Department of Transportation conducted the study to assess the economic and social contributions of Illinois airports to the state economy, according to a description of the report that was published earlier this year. The analysis included data collected in 2019, according to the study.

The Illinois Aviation Economic Impact Analysis captured both quantitative economic impacts and community benefits through case studies.

The study looked at 85 airports, which included 12 providing commercial service and 73 that are focused only on general aviation.

Commercial service airports accommodate a large assortment of passenger jets. General aviation airports typically offer different sets of facilities that accommodate diverse types of aircraft and wide range of users, according to the report.

Among the airports analyzed were Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport, the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville and the Joliet Regional Airport. The study examined two main areas, on-airport activity and visitor spending.

The Joliet Regional Airport accounted for $15 million in total economic impact. That included just more than $2 million in direct visitor spending.

The Joliet airport supported the creation of 82 jobs, according to the report.

Bolingbrook’s Clow Airport produced $34 million in economic impact.

That included $4.4 million in direct visitor spending.

The Bolingbrook airport supported the creation of 194 jobs, according to the report.

Lewis University Airport in Romeoville accounted for more than $92 million in total economic impact.

That also included $18.3 million in direct visitor spending.

The Romeoville airport supported the creation of 518 jobs, according to the report.

In total across the state, airports have produced almost half a million full and part-time jobs, more than $32 billion in labor income, and more than $53 billion in economic productivity.

To learn about the airport impact study, visit ilaviation.com.

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Will County elected officials attend Lobby Day in Springfield

Will County elected officials attend Lobby Day in Springfield

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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. The day included a legislative briefing with Illinois Senate President, Don Harmon and other local legislators and a photo opportunity with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

This annual drive down to Springfield is critical to communication providing for a dialogue regarding impacts of pending legislation and assures the goals and priorities for a bright future of our County are understood by our state legislators.

Will County elected officials attend Lobby Day in Springfield

Pictured Above: Mayor Dietz-City of Wilmington, Mayor Kernc-Village of Diamond, Mayor March-Village of Peotone, Mayor Keith Ogle-Village of Frankfort, Mayor Jenco-Village of Elwood, County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Doug Pryor, CEO-Will County CED, Allison Swisher-City of Joliet, Mayor Brown-City of Morris, Mayor Roudez-Village of University Park, Hugh O’Hara, Executive Director-Will County Governmental League, Village President Offerman-Village of Minooka, Governor JB Pritzker.

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Lion Electric gives glimpse into future factory

Lion Electric gives glimpse into future factory

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Foster, Casten, Underwood and Rush Highlighted Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding at Lion Electric Facility

Joliet plant gearing up for first electric bus production later this year

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.

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Lion Electric already has business waiting for the Joliet plant to open later this year, a company executive said.

“We have orders today that need to be built,” Nate Baguio, senior vice president of commercial development for Lion Electric, said during a news conference that preceded the tour.

More than 2,000 vehicles that represent $550 million in business for Lion Electric are on order, and many of those will be built in Joliet, Baguio said.

Lion Electric Bus

The factory building, still waiting on production machinery to be installed, will be equipped to build 20,000 vehicles annually in four years and employ 1,400 workers. Some hiring has begun, although the hiring of assembly workers is still a few months away.

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Illinois Ranking Rises to #3 In Corporate Expansion and Relocation

Illinois Ranking Rises to #3 In Corporate Expansion and Relocation

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Illinois Ranking Rises to #3 In Corporate Expansion and Relocation

March 3, 2022 – Will County News

Site Selection magazine 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.

Two Will County projects alone – Lion Electric in Joliet and Scott’s Miracle Grow in Channahon accounted for $155 million in investment and 1,750 of the 21,000 new jobs for all Illinois projects identified. Additionally, Wayfair’s $125 million investment in Romeoville will bring 300 jobs.

Read the full release at IntersectIllinois.org

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Lion Electric’s Investment in Illinois Honored with Community Impact Award

Lion Electric’s Investment in Illinois Honored with Community Impact Award

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Lion Electric’s Investment in Illinois Honored with Community Impact Award

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity nominated Lion Electric for the CiCi Award, in partnerhsip with Intersect Illinois.

Lion Electric was chosen from hundreds of nominees for the value both to the community and the economy as a whole.

Lion electric CiCi awards

Lion Electric, the Canadian manufacturer of electric buses and trucks, has been named one of the country’s top Community Impact projects by Trade & Industry Development magazine. The annual award recognizes companies that make a difference in the community in which they locate.

In May of 2021 Lion announced it would bring its first U.S. manufacturing facility to Illinois, investing $70M in the commercial vehicle production plant, where it will employ more than 700 people. The new facility is the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. and Lion’s biggest footprint in the market.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

Read the full article from INTERSECT Illinois here.

Trade & Industry Development’s Corporate Investment & Community Impact Awards

CiCi Award Lion Electric

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity nominated Lion Electric for the CiCi Award, in partnership with Intersect Illinois. Lion Electric was chosen from hundreds of nominees for the value both to the community and the economy as a whole.

Read the article From Trade and Industry Development here.

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