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 50 member board and managed by a professional staff, the CED is responsible for attracting and retaining jobs for Will County.

The CED has been named one of the top 20 economic development organizations in the United States by Site Selection magazine, three times.  This recognition is almost unimaginable given the dire economic layoffs and closings in the early 1980's, including the iconic U.S. Steel, Texaco refinery, Mobil Oil, Caterpillar and others, who left the region in economic shambles.  Local business leaders responded by rallying colleagues and pledging more than $3 million largely from the private sector to develop a four-year plan called "Breaking New Ground!"  This effort was developed from an assessment of the county's strengths and weaknesses and the identification of target industries that best matched the county's considerable assets.  The group launched a national media blitz, hired a well-known economic development professional, and began one of the greatest turn around efforts of the last 30 years.  The CED was dedicated to preserving jobs, building consensus, and getting Will County's story out to potential developers.

For more information about the County of Will, Illinois - please visit www.willcountyillinois.com

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Frank Turk 
Business and Community Achievement Award
Given in honor of Frank Turk, Jr. (1929-2013)

Presented 12/19/14 to
"For His Personal Commitment and Generosity to the Economic and Community Development of Will County, IL, Improving the Quality of Lif for All of Its Residents" 



Hot News

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...
10/20/14 - BEP/MBE certification assistance - to assist minority business owners...Click Here
10/11/14 - Gov. Quinn Announces Investment in JJC - Read More...
10/09/14 - Illiana Expressway project plans move forward - Read More...
09/27/14 - Chicago, 7 area counties agree to work to boost exports - Read More...
09/26/14 - Feds Give Environmental Green Light to Illiana - Read More...
09/09/14 - From the Desk of John Greuling 9/9/14 - Read More....
08/31/14 - Quinn announces $102 million for high-speed rail - Read More...
08/23/14 - Time to build Peotone Airport or walk away - Read More...
08/18/14 - Illiana lands on national 'boondoggle' list - Read More...

Click here - For additional news and CED Presentations

Upcoming Events

2015 Economic Development Report
March 26, 2015
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location: TBD



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