Draft 2014 Annual Action Plan    

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

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Cook County Board President Preckwinkle announced the formation of a new Latino Advisory Council composed of a diverse group of leaders who will help the County develop a strategy to better engage, serve, and connect with the Latino community, which represents 24% of the total population in Cook County.   View full release in [...]

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Public Hearing Notice

Proposed Funding Allocations and Uses (for Future Inclusion in Draft 2014 Annual Action Plan)   

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

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Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development filled in for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle at the May 29th Roundtable on GO TO 2040, Metropolitan Chicago’s first regional comprehensive plan,  spanning the seven-county region, developed after nearly three years of research, public input, [...]

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Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Governor Pat Quinn, and Senator Dick Durbin have announced  that the Chicago Metro Region is one of the first 12 locations to be designated a “Manufacturing Community” through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The U.S. Commerce Department-led program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of [...]

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The Cook County Land Bank Board of Directors will meet on:

Thursday, May 29, 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, or to obtain an agenda, please go to their website: [...]

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The construction of Freedom’s Path, on the site of the Hines VA Hospital was officially launched on May 22nd,  with a ground breaking ceremony.   Cook County was represented by Tasha Cruzat, Deputy Chief of Staff for President Preckwinkle.  “This project, as well as the needs of veterans and all of those living in affordable housing within [...]

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Last March, several winners of the 2013 Chicago Innovation  Awards  joined President Preckwinkle for a roundtable discussion about their innovations and the positive impact they could have for the County and our entire region.  A very informative discussion took place as questions were raised not only [...]

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Speaking to a breakfast meeting of the Chamber Biz Alliance in the northwest suburbs, President Preckwinkle outlined her work on economic development throughout Cook County.  She talked about the creation of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and the appointment of the Council of Economic Advisors, a group of more than 20 distinguished [...]

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As part of The Chicago Community Trust’s 99th birthday, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development was pleased to host one of the many On the Table events.  We invited colleagues from transportation, technology, planning, budget, and a variety of other perspectives to be part of this imaginative [...]

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