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

    CRGC Exports is an economic development program to boost trade among small- and medium-sized enterprises. It was developed in 2014 as Metro Chicago Exports 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.

  • CRGC Export Grant Program

    Apply for up to $5,000 to support your company’s export growth


    Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

  • CRGC ExporTechTM Program

    ExporTech™, offered in Illinois by CRGC in partnership with IMEC, is the only national program that helps companies develop an export plan. Each full-day session efficiently connects companies with local and national experts to navigate the export sales process. The cohort is limited to 5-8 companies, who work with a coach and receive customized market research.


    On average, participating companies generate $770K in new export sales. ExporTech saves participants countless hours and eliminates fear of the unknown about getting paid, protecting intellectual property, finding sales representatives and more.


    CRGC will offer two sessions of ExporTech in 2020.



    March 12, April 8 and May 6 | Cost is discounted for limited time only from $5000 to $750.


    East Hazel Crest

    May 20, June 17 and July 15 | Cost is discounted for limited time only from $5000 to $750.

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    Crain's Chicago Business - December 13, 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...

    New nonprofit aims to promote area economy

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  • Board of Directors

    Lauren Cody

    Corporate Vice President

    McDonald's Corporation

    Nelda J. Connors​

    Chairman & CEO

    Pine Grove Holdings​

    Kevin Considine

    President & CEO

    Lake County Partners

    Steve Davis​

    President & Chairman

    The Will Group​

    Derek Douglas

    Vice President

    University of Chicago

    John Greuling

    President & CEO

    Will County Center for Economic Development

    Scott Koeppel

    Economic Development Coordinator

    Kendall County

    Jim McConoughey


    McHenry Economic Development Corporation

    Michael Moskow​

    Vice Chairman & Distinguished Fellow

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs​

    Aneesa Muthana​


    Pioneer Service Inc.

    Alberto Paracchini​

    President & CEO

    Byline Bank​

    James Roolf​


    Joliet Banking Center

    at First Midwest Bank​

    Joseph Slawek


    FONA International

    Mark VanKerkhoff


    Kane County Development and Community Services

    Andrea Zopp

    President & CEO

    World Business Chicago


    Bureau Chief

    Cook County Bureau of Economic Development


    President & CEO

    Choose DuPage

  • Contact Us

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