What is Planning for Progress?
Cook County is the largest county in the state and the second largest county in the nation, encompassing the City of Chicago and 130+ incorporated municipalities.  Since Cook County drives economic development for our region, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development launched an important strategic planning process called Planning for Progress. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) provided technical assistance to this initiative. The resulting strategic plan outlined below, will guide investments and partnerships related to economic development, affordable housing, and community development over the next five years. Specifically, this planning process will lead to the development of a new Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Through this partnership with CMAP, the County will be able to capitalize on these planning efforts, achieving countywide and sub-regional goals that will provide a higher quality of life for its residents, workers, and visitors.

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We had a full house in attendance at our workshop in West Cook County on January 29th.

We had a full house in attendance at our workshop in West Cook County on January 29, 2014