World Business Chicago is the city of Chicago’s public‑private economic development agency.

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Announcing Eric Sedler New Board Member & Interim Executive 

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and World Business Chicago announce the appointment of Eric Sedler to the board of directors . As part of his board role, Sedler has agreed to serve as Interim Executive of WBC through the end of March while a search continues for the economic development agency’s permanent president and chief executive officer.

 

Read the full press release here.

A Year of Success, Innovation, and Growth- Celebrating the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership

Celebrating the first anniversary of the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership (GCEP), this article highlights the collaborative efforts and significant achievements of GCEP in driving economic growth and innovation in the Chicagoland region. Discover how GCEP’s partnerships and initiatives have led to job creation and business expansion, with success stories from S&G Electric Company, Upside Foods, and Ravago.

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8 Chicagoland Wins We’re Carrying into 2024

We’re celebrating a year of remarkable achievements that will have resonance into 2024! The various teams at World Business Chicago make it their mission to positively impact the economic development of Chicago and the region in their work everyday. Here’s to more success in the new year!

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DEAR SANTA, RELOCATE TO CHICAGOLAND

In a playful and heartwarming holiday campaign, World Business Chicago and GCEP partners invite Santa Claus to consider relocating to Chicagoland for its prime location, workforce, transportation infrastructure and climate resilience.

There are numerous reasons why Chicago is the ideal relocation destination for businesses like the world’s most famous gift distributor. Take your pick.

Read the full PR here.

Chicago-Japan Delegation: Strengthening Ties and Securing 13 New Investment Projects

Explore the strengthening of a 50-year relationship between Chicago and Japan in this video. We highlight a delegation trip to Osaka and Tokyo, resulting in 13 new prospective federal direct investment projects.

Key moments include meetings with US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, JETRO, Northwestern University alumni, and various start-ups and companies in Tokyo. In Osaka, we celebrate the 50-year sister city relationship between Osaka and Chicago.

 

Find the full recap here.

The Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance

The Alliance represents a pivotal step forward in harnessing the strengths of the Chicagoland region and the broader Midwest, positioning it as a leading hub for climate innovation, economic development, and investment.

The Alliance will support the commercialization of climate technologies and strengthen the region’s innovation ecosystem to address climate challenges through technology and innovation.

Read the full PR here.

CHICAGOLAND’S ECONOMIC ASSETS

A new interactive online tool and comprehensive report has been released that offers an in-depth analysis of Chicagoland’s economic landscape. This release marks a significant milestone in the ongoing relationship between the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership (GCEP) and World Business Chicago.

Bookmark the tools and read more here.

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Forging strong partnerships across all industries and ecosystems

World Business Chicago cultivates relationships across all of our city’s dynamic industries. Connect with us about your corporate growth or expansion, and learn why Chicago is a top-ranked city in the U.S. and world for business.

The Research Center at World Business Chicago: Our team is an extension of your team—providing information and guidance on Chicago’s diverse economy so you can better navigate key decisions.

  • Strategic insights about Chicago’s economy
  • Easily accessible visual data and rankings
  • Streamlined approach to local incentives and opportunities 
  • Economic Recovery Dashboard
  • Chicago Business Bulletin
  • Daily research analysis of Chicago’s economy and business ecosystem

Our Mission

Our mission is to drive inclusive economic growth and job creation, support businesses, and promote Chicago as the leading global city to help our existing companies expand as well as attract new companies.

Our Vision

Our vision is to make Chicago the most business-friendly city in the world by becoming a role model for truly inclusive economic growth, ensuring that all Chicagoans prosper through equitable economic development.

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