CSEDC Quarterly Economic Development Forum Spring 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (CDT)
Join us for the next CSEDC Forum!
April 27th, 2012
Matteson Community Center
20642 Matteson Avenue Matteson, IL 60443
Successful Development Continues in Matteson
LaVern Murphy, Deputy Director of Economic Development
World Business Chicago: A Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
This Plan aims to assure that Chicago's and the region's future is productive and prosperous. We must make the most of our assets-our central location, our global logistics infrastructure, our manufacturing promise, our immigrant network, and our leading universities-to tap and engage market opportunities around the country and the world so we can better serve families, businesses, and neighborhoods here at home. We will know we have succeeded when we see measurable improvements in the region's economic output, jobs, productivity, income and wages. Discussed will be two strategies: Become a leading hub or advanced manufacturing and Enhance our competitive position as a leading transportation and logistics hub.
Rita Athas, President
Cook County/SSMMA “Illinois Jobs Now” Chicago Southland Fiber Network Project Underway
Cook County and SSMMA (South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association), with grant funding from the State of Illinois “Illinois Jobs Now” program, has begun construction on over 60 miles of fiber optic backbone and lateral infrastructure linking the South Suburban municipalities, Public Safety sites, Community Colleges, economic development fiber optic access sites along the I-57 corridor and Cook County anchor locations. For this initial phase of the project, the fiber optic infrastructure will be used to provide backbone connectivity to the SSMMA constituent communities bordering I-57 and other key sites in the corridor establishing access to high capacity Internet services. The Southland Fiber Network will enable our region to more effectively attract companies like data centers, financial back office firms, distribution and manufacturing centers managing world wide supply chains. The Chicago Southland Fiber Network will offer Internet access and fiber connectivity in the entire I-57 corridor but will focus on manufacturing, distribution, data center companies to create expanded Commercial Broadband service areas along I-57 in University Park, Matteson, and Richton Park; I -80 East around Tinley Park, and 159th Street out to the CN Intermodal Site.
Ryan Croke, Deputy Chief of Staff--Governors Office (Invited)
Greg Wass, Chief Technology Officer, Cook County;
Rusty Winchel, Broadband Group, Northern Illinois University.
Crossroads Plaza Project
Thorn Creek Conservancy Industrial Park
Thorn Creek Conservancy Industrial Park initiates south suburban Cook County to sustainable green development and provides a central location for land conservation and environmental learning. The project is a ±100-acre land tract located at the northeast corner of Route 30 and State Street in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The industrial park reintroduces 60 plus acres of prime industrial space and 30 plus acres of native habitat, both wetland and prairie, for wildlife and human benefit with potential for a contiguous green corridor along a bike path to existing open spaces. This unique opportunity is ideal for technologically "green" companies to bring an influx of sustainable jobs into the local economy.
Bob Fox, Owner
Paul Vicari, LRMG
When & Where
Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation & SSMMA
CSEDC works with municipalities, the private sector, utilities, and other groups to analyze regional economic development factors, business clusters, and development corridors to identify significant development opportunities and market those sites to the private sector.