The Cook County Board of Commissioners today approved Planning for Progress, the County’s comprehensive strategic plan designed to marshal existing funds, gather additional resources, and facilitate partnerships to meet housing, community, and economic development needs between 2015 and 2019. Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development (BED) spearheaded Planning for Progress with technical assistance from [...]

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Ambitious second term agenda includes robust economic development efforts and continued reform of the county’s criminal justice and public health systems.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlined her second term agenda during a speech today at the City Club of Chicago.

“In the last four years, we have become a model of effectiveness: setting [...]

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The Brookings Institute has written a blog about our unprecedented regional collaboration on exports.    Click here to read the whole story.

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Originally published on November 19, 2014

Preckwinkle Introduces Major Economic Development Initiatives to the Cook County Board of Commissioners

     –Four clusters of communities in Southern Cook County to be designated as “Illinois Enterprise Zones”

—First BUILT in Cook loan approved for the Cullerton Avenue Industrial Area in the Village of Franklin Park

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Michael Jasso, Director of Planning and Development/CCBED, participated as a panel member at the December 18, 2014 Chicago-China Gateway Cities Partnership Event, organized by World Business Chicago and hosted by the University of Chicago Innovation Exchange on the occasion of the 25th session [...]

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The Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, December 18, 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.

For more information and to view the agenda, visit

Cook County Land Bank [...]

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The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC), Cook County and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) hosted a metal manufacturers event at UIC for a morning of “speed-dating”  to meet new suppliers and end users.  The matching event, held on December 9, was the first in a series of industry-specific events to be held throughout the [...]

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President Preckwinkle accepts an award from Ray Willis, Director, Community Development, HUD Region V, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the CDBG program, along with the anniversary of Cook County participating in the CDBG program. The ceremony took place at the Cook County Office Building on November 18, 2014.

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Draft 2013 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Cook County Department of Planning and Development within the Bureau of Economic Development currently receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding on an annual entitlement basis from the [...]

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Mortgage Assistance Fair!!!    Saturday November 22nd
9am – 12pm
Appointments Only – No Walk-ins
Ford Heights Community Service Organization
943 E. Lincoln Highway
Ford Heights, IL 60411
Phone: 708-758-2565

If you’re interested, please download their flyer and be sure to contact [...]

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