The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, organized by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in partnership with IMEC, annouces a series of “Manufacturing Matchmaking” events in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties to increase sales opportunities for firms in primary metals, metal fabricating, metal working and machinery industries.   Continue Reading

JPMorgan Chase pledges $500,000 to launch the initiative

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and the Chief Executives of Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties joined together with JPMorgan Chase, the Brookings Institution, founders of the Global Cities Initiative, and World Business Chicago today to [...]

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One of the world’s largest diesel manufacturers will set up its North American headquarters in Rolling Meadows, IL

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Weichai Group, whose international headquarters is located in Weifang, China, will open a major technology development and testing center in Cook County, Illinois, to be known as [...]

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has selected the Park Forest Maker Space as one of 50 winners in the first ever nation-wide Growth Accelerator Fund competition, as announced by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet in Washington, D.C. on Sept 5. In May, the SBA launched the $2.5 million competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial [...]

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On September 3, 2014, Michael Jasso, Director of Planning and Development joined other County Bureau and Department Heads in briefing the Beijing Delegation for an Innovative Society. Many in the delegation deal with government, human resources, and housing in Beijing, China.

Mr. Jasso talked about economic development in Cook County. He spoke about our planning [...]

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The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is hosting an open ideas workshop charrette to generate feedback and ideas about the potential future of the site.The two-week charrette will kick off with an event on Tuesday, September 23 featuring a presentation from [...]

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Public Notice

The Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors  will meet on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the hour of 8:00 AM  at the Metropolitan Planning Council located
at 140 South Dearborn Street, Fourteenth Floor, Suite 1400, Chicago, Illinois.

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Speaking to a packed audience on July 29, President Preckwinkle helped kick off the  Chicago Innovation Awards reception in downtown Chicago.

President Preckwinkle started by noting the event celebrates innovation in all its forms, big company and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, high tech, low tech and no tech, across all industries and [...]

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The PrivateBank and the Cook County Land Bank (CCLBA)  have announced  the creation of a new partnership to help eligible participants realize the dream of homeownership by investing in rehabbing vacant homes in Cook County.  View full  release.

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Major Step Forward in Implementation of Sustainability Goals

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has approved a Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance that will continue the County’s advancement of its “green” initiatives.

“I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability,” stated President Preckwinkle. “The passage and implementation of this ordinance is [...]

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