Commit to Cook: Driving our Economy Forward

President Preckwinkle, joined by a stage full of dignitaries, made brief remarks before cutting the ribbon at this year’s Auto Show.   Her remarks focused on driving our economy forward in Cook County.  View our photos from the Auto Show.


We have worked hard on several fronts to stimulate economic growth.   Michigan’s Fox Motors is expanding to Cook County.  They plan  to construct a 100,000 square foot auto dealership in Chicago.  Additionally, Toyota is building a dealership in the Village of Streamwood, on land that had been vacant for a decade. Both projects will create full-time jobs and generate property taxes for the County and municipalities.  Chicago region’s automotive industry employs more than 20,000 people, not to mention the tens of thousands of jobs in supplier industries.

We have been busy on other fronts, as well.   The President’s Council of Economic Advisors launched Partnering for Prosperity, an economic growth action agenda for the County, with nine solid recommendations.   The Cook County Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) has been re-constituted and they will work to implement the recommendations made in Partnering for Prosperity, bringing the talent and experience of the private and not-for-profit sectors to their work.    We have launced Connect to Cook, an online GIS-bsaed economic development tool. 

Partnering with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Cook County is has begun a region-wide outreach on an important strategic planning process called Planning for Progress.  President Preckwinkle kicked-off the process to a full-house in attendance, and others listening via a live stream.  This process will lead to the development of a new Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Given the similarity in analysis, outreach, and timeframes, the development of a new CEDS and Con Plan offers the County an opportunity to create a combined plan, the first time this has ever been done within Cook County. Once completed, this document will provide a higher quality of life for residents by strategically planning for future housing, community, and economic development needs throughout the County.  Additionally, it will serve as a guide to strategic infrastructure investments that will grow our economy.  Click here to find out more about Planning for Progress, and ways for you to be involved in the process. 

Yet, there is more to do.  Please bookmark our website and visit it often,  as we work to drive our economy forward.