Distinguished business and government leaders recently launched the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC), a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois.
 
CRGC will provide a platform for collaboration and prioritize, align and manage the region’s economic development initiatives, unifying programming and the region’s identity. CRGC includes leadership from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties and the City of Chicago, as well as industry leaders from manufacturing, food processing, finance and higher education. The new organization will strengthen the regional economy and better connect resources to generate economic opportunity and prosperity.
 
“In 2013, I brought our neighboring county leaders together to explore how we could better combine resources and collaborate to advance the Chicago region,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “This regional working group has helped develop programs and initiatives that have already benefitted residents throughout the region. By formally creating CRGC, we are providing a single voice for the region that will benefit businesses and residents throughout northeastern Illinois.”
 
CRGC will take on a variety of initiatives, including:
  • Facilitating regional collaboration, such as the regional response to the Amazon HQ2 search, along with essential partners such as Intersect Illinois.
  • Leading programs to increase exports, including the successful Metro Chicago Exports grant program, pitch competitions and ExporTech curriculum.
  • Developing new programs to attract foreign investment to the region and build stronger relationships with existing foreign-owned enterprises in northeastern Illinois.
  • Convening regionally important industry clusters to discuss common issues and identify new opportunities for growth, like the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium..
  • Growing small companies in the region’s economically distressed communities to create high-quality, wealth-building jobs for residents.
  • Enhancing the regional transportation networks by streamlining truck permitting and developing efficient freight networks.
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For more information, go to: https://www.chicagoregionalgrowth.com/
President Preckwinkle joins regional colleagues, business leaders and new CRGC Board members.

President Preckwinkle joins regional colleagues, business leaders and new CRGC Board members.

President Preckwinkle signs founding document for display on behalf of Cook County.

President Preckwinkle signs founding document for display on behalf of Cook County.