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.
The 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.