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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CCLBA Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda

The Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, July 24, 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 the agenda, to attend, and for more [...]

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Speaking to a full house in Albany Park from the North River Commission, Albany Park and Lincoln Square Chambers of Commerce on July 16, President Preckwinkle talked about economic development in Cook County.   The luncheon  address included her work as a regional leader.

President Preckwinkle explained that last December, County board chief executives from [...]

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Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief for Economic Development, filled in for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at the groundbreaking for Fox Motors on June 24th.   As Mr. Brewer noted in his remarks, President Preckwinkle was on board from the very beginning for this project, and was very pleased to work with Fox Motors to make the [...]

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