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 opportunities, panel discussions, participant-driven agendas, and tours of our unique and diverse Will County manufacturing sites. These workshops are aimed at creating conversations and opportunities that will lead to results for Will County manufacturers.

Consider joining us at an upcoming workshop!

Next Scheduled Workshop: July 18

Would you like an invitation to the manufacturing workshop series?

Empower your workforce
Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Boot Camp

Economic Development Training for Elected Officials – Boot Camp

August 27 – Village of Frankfort

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.

Eye Opener Breakfast

June 13 – Tuscany Falls Banquets – Mokena

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, Arvid Johnson and Will County Executive, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. The CED’s President and 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.

Group at Eye Opener event
Presenting sponsor logos UChicago Medicine and AdentHealth

Brokers Breakfasts

Fall 2024

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