Will County Center for Economic Development
116 N. Chicago St.- Suite 101 - Joliet, IL 60432
tel: 815/723-1800 fax: 815/723-6972

Will County Center for Economic Development - Will County, Illinois

The Will County Center for Economic Development is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization, created by the business community in 1981. Governed by a 60 member board and managed by a professional staff, the CED is responsible for attracting and retaining jobs for Will County.

CED is assisting in the retention, expansion and recruitment of business and industry to Will County Illinois. The CED serves as the primary point of contact for Will County when seeking information on available sites and buildings, population and labor force statistics, business assistance and incentive programs, local government entitlements and major new developments in the region.  John Greuling, the CED’s President & CEO is a career economic development practioner with forty-years of experience in business expansion and attraction, domestic and international trade, government affairs and transportation infrastructure projects.

Will County, Illinois:  The Largest Inland Port in North America
Located 30 miles southwest of Chicago, Will County is crossed by six Class I railroads, five interstate highways, including I-80 and I-55, and several commercial ports served by our nation’s largest inland waterway. During the last decade Will County was one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S and now has a population of 700,000. With over 18,000 businesses employing 250,000 workers Will County has become a major commerce center for the upper Midwest.

In 2002 the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad opened Logistics Park Chicago, a new state of the art international intermodal center in Will County on over 1,000 acres.  Eight years later the Union Pacific Railroad opened their Joliet Intermodal Terminal. Today these facilities handle over 3 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent) international containers every year with room to double that capacity.  The only larger intermodal facilities in the U.S are in southern California and on the East Coast.  Over $65 billion of international freight passes through these facilities annually.  Some of the largest importers in the U.S. such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot have major distribution centers in Will County.

In addition to transportation and logistics, Will County’s target business sectors include advanced manufacturing, energy, food and life sciences.  With exceptional access to markets, new commercial and industrial facilities, a plentiful skilled workforce and a friendly business environment, Will County offers an excellent opportunity for both domestic and international companies.

REGISTER TODAY for the next CED Event!

The Will County Economic Development Report "What's Next for Retail?"

April 9, 2015 (7:30am - 9:30am) breakfast buffet

Panel discussion with industry experts:
Steve Caton - Caton Commercial Real Estate Group
Jeff Howard -
Lee & Associates
Eddie Palacios - Edgemark Commerical Real Estate
John C. Melaniply III - Village of Wheeling Economic Development 

Holiday Inn Bolingbrook
$25 CED Investors / $40 Non-Investors

Hot News

April 1, 2015 Representative Bill Foster to Host Export-Import Bank Event
WHERE: Magnetrol International, Aurora
WHEN: 8:30am - 11:15am
REGISTER for this FREE event! Open to the public, but registration is required.

02/24/15 - John Greuling, Scott Paddock, Rod Tonelli and Nick Palmer travel to Washington DC to represent the CED for economic development in Will County. In the above picture
they met Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

02/10/15 - John Greuling testified on a witness panel before a Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security hearing entitled:  “Keeping Goods Moving” .....
see recorded session here

01/14/15 - New job posting for Business Relations Manager ....Click here for job description
12/19/14 - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Industrial Cities Initiative (see Joliet).. Click Here 
12/06/14 - Will County CED meets for annual report...Read More... 
12/05/14 - 2014 Annual Report to Investors published....
Click Here for report
12/04/14 - Industrial Park reaches halfway mark....Read More....
12/01/14 - Enterprise Zone proposed for Eastern Will County...

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Upcoming Events

Will County CED Economic Development Report
"What's Next for Retail"

Thursday, April 9, 2015 (7:30am - 9:30am)
Holiday Inn Bolingbrook

$25 CED Investors - $40 Non-Investors


The Will County Business Labor Coalition Applauds the Passage of Legislation to Build
the South Suburban Airport through a Public Private Partnership - Read Press Release