We’re happy to report that a block grant from the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is enabling students at The John Marshall Law School provide free legal assistance to prospective business owners in the county’s Southland region.

Working through the  law school’s Business Transaction Externship Program (BTEP), students  provide pro bono business and transactional legal [...]

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Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle was the Keynote Speaker at the December 5 UIC Urban Forum on the topic: “Technology and the Resilience of the Metropolitan Regions.”  President Preckwinkle spoke about making economic growth a priority in her administration and the role technology plays in reaching our goals for the County and the region.

Herman [...]

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Mark Your Calendars!
CSH Supportive & Integrated Housing Symposium
January 8, 2014
Loyola University Chicago
Water Tower Campus
Chicago, IL

Join them for a one-day symposium and luncheon to award outstanding partners in supportive and integrated housing. Hear from industry experts on how supportive housing is working across systems. Attend [...]

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At their November 20, 2013 meeting, President Preckwinkle addressed the Board of the Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) .  She thanked each member of the Council for their time and service.   Afterwards, President Preckwinkle explained her vision for economic growth and the work of the re-constituted EDAC.  The map to the left shows [...]

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Draft 2012 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Cook County Department of Planning and Development /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 U.S. Department of Housing [...]

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There will be a meeting of the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)  on  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the hour of 8:00 AM, at the George W. Dunne County Office Building, 69 W. Washington, 35th Floor.

If you would like to attend, or for more information, contact:

Barbara Maloof, Public Information [...]

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Joining a large group of CEOs, Executive Directors and foundation leaders working to close the skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide, President Preckwinkle addressed the Close-IT Summit in Washington, D.C.   She began her remarks by stating, ” we know that to compete in a global economy depends on a workforce [...]

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On October 30th,  Cook County’s Chief Sustainability Officer and senior staff from the Bureau of Economic Development,  joined  the West Central Municipal Conference (of mayors), the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program at  Kansas State to  host a workshop helping communities learn about Brownfields, both the [...]

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Planning for Progress

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What is “Planning for Progress”? 

Cook County is embarking on a dual-track comprehensive planning process that will guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years. This collaborative, inclusive process, will result in the development of a new Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) [...]

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Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Economic Development, spoke  to  the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) Luncheon on October 8th in Rosemont, IL.  Speaking to a full house, his topic was “Drivers of Midwestern Job Growth.”  He talked about the major drivers of job growth in the region  in  key clusters: [...]

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