ComEd Presents G&W Electric with Record Rebate for Innovative Microgrid

ComEd Presents G&W Electric with Record Rebate for Innovative Microgrid

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ComEd Presents G&W Electric with Record Rebate for Innovative Microgrid

Will UpSkill photo of workers

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker joined ComEd to present G&W Electric of Bolingbrook with a record high Distribution Generation (DG) Rebate of $2.6 million for the construction of a massive solar-plus-storage project at its global headquarters and manufacturing center here in Will County.

Photos of General Electric with rebate checks

“CEJA paved the way for companies to join the fight against climate change by investing in solar projects just like this one,” said Governor Pritzker.

G&W Electric’s microgrid project began in August of 2021, transforming the roof at the company’s Bolingbrook headquarters into one of North America’s largest rooftop solar systems. With nearly 6000 bi-facial solar panels installed, the grid covers more than 370,000 square feet, the equivalent of nearly eight football fields. Their first call to kick off the project was to ComEd.

“Setting the record for ComEd’s DG rebate program is particularly rewarding to us at G&W Electric as our company was founded by two ComEd Engineers – Harry Gear and Paul Williams,” said John Mueller, chairman and owner of G&W Electric.

Find out more here.

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JJC Officially Designated Hispanic Serving Institution

JJC Officially Designated Hispanic Serving Institution

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JJC Officially Designated Hispanic Serving Institution

Students at JJC

Joliet Junior College (JJC), the first public community college in the United States, proudly unveiled its official designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS). This recognition marks a pivotal moment in the college’s history.

The U.S. Department of Education defines an HIS as an institution with an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students comprising at least 25 percent Hispanic students. JJC’s Hispanic Enrollment has grown from 11.3% in fall 2000 to 34% in fall 2023 and such growth is expected to continue. The HIS designation demonstrates JJC’s focus on the community both internally and externally. Althought the HIS designation is recent, the supports and services included in the submission are part of JJC’s long-standing commitment to its students and communities.

“The HSI designation will further drive JJC’s ability to be an engine of economic mobility, actively embedded in and empowering the communities we serve,” said Dr. Clyne Namuo, JJC president. More information here.

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New Customized Training Opportunities for Will County Employers

New Customized Training Opportunities for Will County Employers

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New Customized Training Opportunities for Will County Employers

Will UpSkill photo of workers

Through the Workforce Services Division of Will County, the Will UpSkill program provides Will County employers funding for customized employee training to expand their skills and strengths allowing companies to remain competitive and retain their workforce.

Check out the details and benefits here or call John at John.Hall@willcountyillinois.com to get started!

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Will County Summer Internship Program Updates

Will County Summer Internship Program Updates

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Will County Summer Internship Program

Exciting Updates to Share

The Will County Summer Internship Program isn’t just about filling positions; it’s about igniting passions, forging pathways, and building bridges within our community. For the summer of 2024, the CED has secured 48 paid internships in partnership with Joliet Township High School District 204 students. Participating organizations are included in the image above and we deeply appreciate their participation.

internship sponsors

Over 350 students applied for these opportunities to kickstart their careers and make a difference. Now, we’re gearing up for an electrifying expansion – taking the program countywide for the 2025-25 school year!

Imagine the impact we can create by extending this opportunity to every high school student in Will County. From Beecher to Bolingbrook, from Crete-Monee to Joliet Central, we want to reach every corner of our county and empower our youth to dream big and achieve even bigger. We are very excited to announce that we have built an Internship Engagement Committee to help us turn this vision into reality.

This committee will be championing outreach efforts, inspiring businesses to get involved, and connecting students with life-changing opportunities—all while keeping our talented youth right here in Will County. The members of this committee will utilize their energy and devoted commitment will be the driving force behind the expansion of this program.

As this inaugural Summer of the Internship Program gets underway, we are excited for the outcomes and future opportunities for Will County’s young people.

For additional details, please contact Kayla Sorensen, Director of Investor Relations at kayla.sorensen@willcountyced.com or 815-774-6075.

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CED After 3 Events Return for 2024

CED After 3 Events Return for 2024

Harbour Contractors, Inc. in Plainfield hosts Year’s First Event! The first event of the year held on February 21 was a great success with over 55 investors of the Will County CED attending. Harbour Contractors, Inc.

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2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant greeted guests last month at the CED’s Annual Report to Investors breakfast exclaiming “This has been an exciting year for Will County. We remain a state and national economic leader and have grown into a hub of industry, manufacturing, and transportation.”

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2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

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2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

Doug Pryor talking in front of graph for the 2023 Annual report to investors

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant greeted guests last month at the CED’s Annual Report to Investors breakfast exclaiming “This has been an exciting year for Will County. We remain a state and national economic leader and have grown into a hub of industry, manufacturing, and transportation.”

She shared how she is often asked by other state leaders why economic development is so strong in Will County. “We have amazing innovators and business leaders, along with a strong bench of elected leaders at the local, state, and federal level who know how to get things done.”

2024 CED Chair Arvid Johnson warmly welcomed members of the CED Board of Directors and thanked them for their time, guidance, and leadership in making Will County the best it can be. Dr. Johnson acknowledged the passing of dear friend to many, Ruth Colby, who served as the Chair of the CED for the past two years and has been an extraordinary community leader during her time at Silver Cross Hospital. “She will be missed by all of us who were graced by her presence.”

Dr. Johnson went on to thank all CED Investors in attendance and those who could not attend affirming “You make the successes of Will County possible. Thank you for your generous support and we look forward to 2024 and beyond.”

Doug Pryor, CED President & CEO addressed the gathered crowd of more than 335 in attendance and thanked and acknowledged what an extraordinary group of leaders were in the room. Pryor recognizing our Annual Report sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Governors State University. Doug gratefully acknowledged the support of elected officials throughout the county and identified them individually in the room.

Pryor continued to present 2023 regional economic development.

Highlights included:

  • Will County as the #1 job creator in Illinois (2019-2023) adding 12,000 jobs.
  • Will County as the #1 single family housing builder in Illinois including Plainfield ranked #1.
  • Will County #1 in Illinois in terms of industrial development.
  • Manufacturing is the #1 industry in Will County with $6 billion in output and $1.8 billion in wages.
  • The strength of Will County manufacturers was featured including Diageo, Hengli, DuPont, Provisur, G&W Electric and Hyzon.

Pryor highlighted 2023 Will County infrastructure projects completed and new projects underway including the I-80 Will rebuild, Houbolt Road Extension bridge and Houbolt Road Diverging Diamond at I-80. Lastly, he shared new CED initiatives including an EPA Brownfield grant and the Summer 2024 Will County Summer Internship Program.

View the CED 2023 Annual Report to Investors Presentation

View the CED 2023 Annual Report

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CED After 3 Events Return for 2024

CED After 3 Events Return for 2024

Harbour Contractors, Inc. in Plainfield hosts Year’s First Event! The first event of the year held on February 21 was a great success with over 55 investors of the Will County CED attending. Harbour Contractors, Inc.

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2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

2023 – Exciting Year For Will County

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant greeted guests last month at the CED’s Annual Report to Investors breakfast exclaiming “This has been an exciting year for Will County. We remain a state and national economic leader and have grown into a hub of industry, manufacturing, and transportation.”

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Thank you to the CED Investors who graciously sponsored this important annual update. We are grateful for their commitment to this event and appreciate their support.

Thank you to Governors State University

Brownfields Assessment Grant Community Outreach Begins

Brownfields Assessment Grant Community Outreach Begins

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Brownfields Assessment Grant Community Outreach Begins

The Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) will be hosting public meetings on Tuesday, November 14th in Joliet and Lockport to share information and invite community participation in the Will County Brownfields Program.

The CED was awarded a USEPA Brownfields Assessment Grant in the amount of $400,000 to assist with identification and clean-up of brownfield sites 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 of productive uses.

The grant provides funding to identify sites and conduct a range of planning activities, develop site specific clean-up plans, and complete Phase I and Phase II environmental engineering for qualified sites, with a special emphasis on the Des Plaines River corridor in Will County. The Lockport meeting will take place at City Hall at 9 a.m. and the Joliet meeting will be held at the Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch at 4 p.m.

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.

Beginning in November, we will begin working with residents living in the target areas during community meetings to create a thorough site inventory for assessment. Properties identified during community outreach activities will be researched further to evaluate their qualifications for inclusion in the determination of eligibility.

Community engagement is crucial to the success of this Assessment Grant. Therefore, community meetings are being planned to keep the public informed on project plans and provide project updates. Interested property owners and residents can receive more information, suggest potential sites, and ask questions.

Additional grant and meeting information can be found at www.willcountybrownfields.com. Registration is preferred, but not required.

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Polluted Joliet-area sites targeted for cleanup

Polluted Joliet-area sites targeted for cleanup

In the newsPolluted Joliet-area sites targeted for cleanupBy Jessie Molloy and Felix SarverShaw Local News Network A Will County nonprofit began its first efforts on Tuesday to gather input from residents on what potentially contaminated or polluted areas in the...

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