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    Fostering a collaborative, regional 

    approach to

    economic development that leads to

    growth and prosperity

  • About CRGC

    CRGC (Chicago Regional Growth Corporation) is the regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. Through CRGC’s leadership, the region will speak and act with one voice.

     

    CRGC is comprised of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties and the City of Chicago. The region is one of the world’s top ten most competitive economies, at the center of global trade routes with major assets in transportation infrastructure, information technology, manufacturing and more.

     

    Cooperation, inclusion and diversity are core values of CRGC. Partnerships are vital to its success. CRGC is a bridge from local to state and federal resources and integral to prioritizing, aligning and coordinating economic development activities to increase the region’s competitiveness.

     

    Regions grow most effectively when they are coordinated, equitable and inclusive. With one voice and a collective approach to inclusive economic development, CRGC will build a stronger and more prosperous region.

    History of Working Together

    In 2013, leaders from northeastern Illinois convened a working group to identify opportunities for collaboration. Since then, the group has developed projects leading to growth, investment and the creation of quality jobs.

     

    CRGC provides the infrastructure for the group’s ongoing collaboration, and will increase the capacity of local economic development organizations to drive inclusive growth.

  • Our Role

    Enhancing the regional ecosystem

    Fill gaps in regional development initiatives

    Provide programs and resources, such as export and FDI assistance for businesses, to increase local capacity, especially in economically distressed areas

    Grow regionally strong industry clusters

    Support key industries, such as metals and manufacturing, that are important to the regional economy

    Connect assets and build stronger regional networks

    Create networks of assets, such as the region's freight transportation system, in order to leverage the region's full potential

    Build a strong regional identity

    Develop a unified voice to promote the region's diverse assets, economic strengths and opportunities for investment

  • Our Priorities

    Global Programs

    Metro Chicago Exports is an economic development program to boost trade among small- and medium-sized enterprises. It was developed in 2014 by the working group that became CRGC in conjunction with the Global Cities Initiative, which helps metropolitan areas reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world markets.

    The regional strategy to attract foreign investment will complement and improve coordination among existing local efforts. Forthcoming tools and programs will help local organizations build relationships with foreign-owned enterprises and improve the network of resources available to organizations and companies .

    Industry Clusters

    Convening regionally important clusters to discuss common issues and identify new opportunities for growth is a core component of CRGC's work to grow the economy from within. Since 2014, Chicago Metro Metal Consortium has strengthened the fabricated metal and machinery sectors in the region by providing a platform for collaboration, innovation and problem-solving.

    CRGC also supports the work of other regional cluster initiatives such as the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network and Current. One of the region’s primary strengths is the diversity of its traded sectors, and CRGC strives to support, promote and highlight robust local industries of all types.

    Regional Systems

    Our economy works on a regional scale, leading to complicated networks of people, infrastructure and other assets. CRGC will work to improve essential regional systems for the benefit of our economy. Since 2014, efforts to enhance the freight transportation network by streamlining permitting have improved transportation and benefited related industries.

    As CRGC grows, it will focus on coordinating the region's diverse assets, including systems that facilitate workforce development, innovation and mobility. CRGC will increase access to these systems and make them work better for the region’s residents and industries.

  • News

    Business and Government Leaders Launch Chicago Regional Growth Corporation

    Press Release - January 18, 2018

    Unprecedented new organization brings together leaders from seven counties, the City of Chicago and the business community to advance economic development in northeastern Illinois... READ MORE (PDF)

    Here's a smarter way to generate economic growth in metro Chicago

    Crain's Chicago Business - December 13, 2017

    Fragmented economic development efforts weaken metropolitan Chicago in the worldwide competition for jobs and investment.... READ MORE

    New nonprofit aims to promote area economy

    Crain's Chicago Business - December 7, 2017

    The city has World Business Chicago, the state has Intersect Illinois, and now the metropolitan region is trying for a new public-private partnership to promote economic development... READ MORE

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  • Board of Directors

    Andrez Beltran

    Economic Development Coordinator

    Kendall County

    John Carpenter

    President & CEO

    Choose DuPage

    Nim Chinniah​

    Executive Vice President

    Northwestern University​

    Nelda J. Connors​

    Chairman & CEO

    Pine Grove Holdings​

    Kevin Consindine

    President & CEO

    Lake County Partners

    Steve Davis​

    President & Chairman

    The Will Group​

    John Greuling

    President & CEO

    Will County Center for Economic Development

    Michael Jasso

    Bureau Chief

    Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

    Michael Moskow​

    Vice Chairman & Distinguished Fellow

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs​

    Aneesa Muthana​

    President

    Pioneer Service Inc.

    Alberto Parranchini​

    President & CEO

    Byline Bank​

    Ann Rondeau​

    President

    College of DuPage​

    Jim Roolf​

    President

    Joliet Banking Center

    at First Midwest Bank​

    Joseph Slawek

    Chairman

    FONA International

    Michael Skala

    County Board Member

    McHenry County

    Mark VanKerkhoff

    Director

    Kane County Development and Community Services

    Andrea Zopp

    President & CEO

    World Business Chicago

  • Contact Us

    177 N. State Street, Suite 500
    Chicago, IL 60601
    312.201.4527
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