PROGRAMS & EVENTS
The Will County CED offers numerous opportunities for networking and meaningful conversations and collaboration throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing our partners, stakeholders, local and state government officials, and CED Investors at both our in-person and virtual programs and events.
View our events listed below and consider joining us soon!
WATER & ITS IMPACT ON DEVELOPMENT
April 5, 2023 | Zoom Event 2 to 3:15
Learn about the projects, opportunities, and competitive advantage of our region’s water capacity now and in the future, including the regional Grand Prairie Water Commission.
Director of Public Utilities
City of Joliet
President and CEO
Will County Center for Economic Development
Community Development Administrator
Will County Land Use Department
April 5, 2023
September 13, 2023
These virtual one-hour deep dives into a specific industry are offered twice yearly.
Expect to hear from industry experts speaking on national and local topics and trends relevant to Will County businesses and residents.
Check back for subject focus and registration information.
Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Incentives
April 11, 2023
This robust program delivers with our expert economic development partners bringing us the latest tools to grow our Will County communities.
This program is sponsored by Nicor Gas and provided FREE to any Will County elected official.
Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Boot Camp
August 29, 2023
This popular training is offered to all Will County elected officials and outlines 10 things elected officials need to know to create a successful community economic development program. Attendees will participate in a community SWOT exercise, and we will hear from our partners from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity regarding tools and programs available to communities and businesses to drive economic growth. Our utility partners will provide guidance on utilizing available economic development programs and energy experts to accelerate development decisions and attract business investment.
May 10 & October 25
Bringing together the industrial broker community and our Will County community development partners on a regular basis creates familiarity and establishes important partnerships. Featured experts share research and insight on the Chicago Regional Industrial Markets and submarkets along with a closer look at Will County’s strengths in the region. Additionally, our guests discuss implications of current and upcoming global, national, and local events.
Eye Opener Breakfast
June 22, 2023
Registration begins May 15
This midyear look at the state of the Will County economy including an update on major developments, initiatives, and important economic indicators is not to be missed! We will be welcomed by CED’s Board Chair, Ruth Colby and Will County Executive, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, and CED’s President & CEO, Doug Pryor, will share the successes and growth of Will County over the past year and offer insights as to what’s ahead for the region – from infrastructure improvements to industries poised for growth. CED Investors, local business leaders, elected officials, and those considering doing business in Will County should not miss this event.
Annual Report to Investors
December 1, 2023
Registration begins October 23
This special morning showcases our investors and their commitment to the work and mission of the CED. We will hear about companies investing and reinvesting in Will County, infrastructure projects, and Will County’s economic strength. Enjoy breakfast, networking, and a look at 2023’s biggest economic wins. We will find out if Will County is again leading the state in population gains and job creation!