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!

Annual Report to Investors

December 1, 2023 – Bolingbrook Golf Course

This special morning showcased our investors and their commitment to the work and mission of the CED. We heard about companies investing and reinvesting in Will County, infrastructure projects, and Will County’s continued economic strength. We looked at 2023’s biggest economic wins and found out Will County is again leading the state in job creation and residential home building!

2024 Annual Report – December 6

Doug Pryor presentation of Annual Report 2023

Economic Reports

Join us this September – Seating is limited

Doug Pryor, CED President & CEO will be our presenter providing a data-focused look at the current state of the Will County economy.

CED Economic Report graphic

Empower Your Workforce – Workshop Series

The Will County Center for Economic Development has aligned with IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center) and Joliet Junior College to present a series of workshops aimed at supporting Will County manufacturers looking to grow, plan, improve and lead.

The workshops include networking and panel discussions. Our expert panelists represent the many industries representative of Will County and they are anxious to share insight, strategies, and best practices.

Our first workshop takes place on Wednesday, March 20 at Joliet Junior College and will focus on today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape and the significant shifts in workforce demands.

The emergence of automation, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing process has crated both opportunities and challenges for manufacturers.

Join us for an insightful discussion on how technology can be harnessed to bridge workforce gaps and ensure a skilled workforce for the future of Will County!

Elected Officials Training (Incentives) Group Photo
Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Boot Camp

Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Boot Camp

August 27 – Village of Frankfort / Registration begins July 31

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.

Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Incentives

May 7 – Village of Romeoville / Registration begins April 2

This robust program delivers with economic development partners sharing program information and benefits of TIF’s, Enterprise Zones, Community Grants, Tax Abatements and more.  Nicor and ComEd will provide important details with regards to engaging their expertise early on potential projects and the important information needed to determine viability, timelines, and costs.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will bring the latest updates on programs available such as updates to EDGE, Advantage Illinois, and REV and what might be on the horizon for growing communities and business here in Will County.

Elected Officials Training (Incentives) Group Photo

Eye Opener Breakfast

June 13 – Tuscany Falls Banquets – Mokena / Registration begins May 2

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 the CED’s Board Chair 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.

Brokers Breakfasts

Spring 2024 – Details Coming Soon!

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.

Note: Dates are subject to change.

2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS