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CED Hosts Eye Opener Breakfast

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

And Event sponsors
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Heartland Bank & Trust

Cadence and Heartland Bank

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