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

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.

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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.



Hot News

As a member of the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium iniative for expanding outreach in the Chicagoland area, and in partnership with IMEC, the Will County CED invites you to the following event:

Looking for new customers or filling supplier capacity?
2015 Manufacturing Matchmaking
May 14, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
Bolingbrook Golf Club

The May 2015 Manufacturing Matchmaking event is focused on Metal Fabrication and Machinery manuacturing firms in Will and surrounding counties where each manufacturing representative will have up to seven introductory matchmaking meetings (15 minute appointments) based on registrant selections. Think speed dating for manufacturers!

Sign up at www.imec.org/events.cfm Cost to attend is $50 per manufacturing company.


04/09/15 - Economic Development Report "What's Next in Retail" event held at the Bolingbrook Holiday Inn.  Read article in The Herald-News.com

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. On the first day 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...
Read More...

Click here - For additional news and CED Presentations

Upcoming Events

Will County CED Eye Opener
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (7:30am - 9:00am)
Venue TBD
Complimentary breakfast

9th annual Global Logistics Summit
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Bolingbrook Golf Club

Annual Report to Investor
Friday, December 4, 2015
Venue TBD

Legislation

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