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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.
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 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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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.
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.
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.