About Us

Mission of the Bureau of Economic Development:
The mission of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is to foster
economic development, workforce development, and community development
within Cook County through the strategic leveraging of resources and efficient professional management.

Mandates and Key Activities
• Business growth, attraction, and retention
• Job creation and supporting sustainable employment
• Regional planning  and coordination focused on the integration of economic, physical, and social
• Sustainable community investment connecting housing, employment
development and transportation
• Affordable housing
• Development of a long range capital improvement program
• Coordinate property management at all County-owned and leased properties
• Enforcement of Building and Zoning regulations

Meet our Bureau Chief:

Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Economic Development

Herman joined the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development initially as the Director of Capital Planning & Community Development departments in the Spring of 2011. In December of 2011, Herman was named Bureau Chief for Economic Development; taking charge of all departments within the newly formed area of County government. The departments include Planning & Development, Capital Planning,  Real Estate, Building & Zoning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Before arriving at Cook County, Herman served as Executive Vice President of the Chicago Urban League, managing the daily operations and all program areas, including its Entrepreneurship Center, Workforce Development, Housing, Education, marketing and communications. In September of 2009 Brewer was asked to serve as Acting President and CEO during the organization’s leadership transition process.  Click here for his full biography.

Senior Staff:

Michael Jasso, Director,  Planning and Development
Timothy P. Bleuher, Commissioner, Building and Zoning
Andrew Przybylo, Secretary, Zoning Board of Appeals

Find out more:

We work closely with:

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Cook County Land Bank Authority
Housing Authority of Cook County

E-mail us at: Info.Edev@cookcountyil.gov