The Research Behind the Collaboration
or simply, the Chicagoland Partnership, represents a new, united strategy by the city of Chicago and the seven counties comprising the Chicagoland to work together to drive inclusive economic development.
The Chicagoland Partnership will better represent the region’s combined assets including its extensive freight infrastructure, diverse talent, strong exporting industries, and world-class institutions of innovation, research, and culture.
World Business Chicago (WBC), the city of Chicago’s public-private economic development agency, will manage the Chicagoland Partnership and take a lead in pursuing regional business development to complement the existing municipal and county programs.
“I have long championed an equitable, regional approach to economic development, and it has been a top priority at the County ever since I took office. I am proud to reach this historic milestone which helps advance our commitment to a more inclusive and equitable local economy.”
“The Greater Chicagoland Regional Economic Partnership represents an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration. Together, we can target and attract new business investment and educate national and international business leaders about the advantages of investing in the Chicagoland area. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we finally bring this vision to reality, welcoming new businesses and employees, who will quickly discover the many benefits our region has to offer.”
“The Chicago region’s infamous segregation and fragmentation prevent us from reaching our full potential, both in growing an innovative, competitive economy and in addressing the opportunity gaps that limit the economic success and contribution of too many residents and communities. Our regional economy is indelibly linked to local outcomes. By collaborating at the scale our regional economy needs, the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership will improve the availability of quality jobs for our residents to achieve self-sufficiency and economic mobility.”