About The Will County Center For Economic Development (CED)
To improve the quality of life for all residents in Will County by recruiting new companies offering high-quality jobs and a solid tax base while assisting existing businesses to retain and add jobs.
The CED serves as the primary point of contact for Will County when seeking information on available sites and buildings, population and labor force statistics, business assistance and incentive programs, local government entitlements and major new developments in the region.
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The WKRDA is Seeking Proposals for Executive Director
The Will Kankakee Regional Development Authority is seeking proposals for an Executive Director. Review the Request For Proposals with details regarding the position. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23rd.
CED Announces Recognition of 2023 Economic Development Week
The Will County Center for Economic Development marks the week of May 8 to May 12, 2023, as Economic Development Week 2023. During this week, communities across North America will celebrate and recognize the contributions made by professional economic developers to create more economically vibrant and livable communities.
CED President & CEO Re-Appointed to Illinois Enterprise Zone Board
Doug Pryor was originally appointed to serve on the Board in September 2021 and was recently re-appointed to serve through February 2025. Each member of the board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate shall have at least 5 years of experience in business, economic development, or site location.
Greater Chicagoland Region Named Top Metropolitan Area for Corporate Site Selection and Relocation
The Greater Chicagoland Region was named top metropolitan area for corporate site selection and relocation for the 10th consecutive year. County Executive Bertino-Tarrant celebrated the announcement with World Business Chicago at an awards ceremony recognizing companies who have grown or relocated in the Chicagoland Region.
Back To Business Grant Program Announced
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced on March 21, 2023, that $175 million is available in grant funding through the Back to Business (B2B) program.
New CED Investor Event Hits the Mark!
The Will County CED showcased the first, “CED After 3” event on February 22nd. Thank you to the many investors who braved the rain and cold to join us! We appreciate the support of Wight & Co as our inaugural sponsor and the Joliet Area Historical Museum for their wonderful hospitality and venue.
Ruth Colby named citizen of the year by New Lenox Chamber of Commerce
CED Investors, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff extend our most heartfelt congratulations to Ruth Colby recently named Citizen of the Year by the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Ruth serves as the 2022 and 2023 Chair of the Will County Center for Economic Development Board of Directors.
PART Project Launches to Address Regional Transit
Planning for a stronger and more financially secure transit system for Chicagoland is underway with the first meeting of a diverse group of stakeholders from the business, community, environmental, labor, and civic sectors along with the public.
New Hospital Partnership Launches – Includes Bolingbrook Location
In the newsNew Hospital Partnership Launches – Includes Bolingbrook LocationThe University of Chicago Medicine and AdventHealth have closed on a transaction to form a joint venture called UChicago Medicine AdventHealth, which will combine the expertise and resources...
New Program Begins for CED Investors to Connect
The inaugural CED After 3 event is an opportunity for our investors to enjoy networking and engaging with industry leaders in a variety of settings across the County. Our February 22nd event is at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and begins at 3! We will highlight the importance of offering amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy with a few guest presentations beginning at 4.