Bureau of Economic Development

Mission

The mission of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is to foster economic development, workforce development, and community development within Cook County through the strategic leveraging of resources and efficient professional management.

Bureau website and blog: www.cookcountyil.gov/economicdevelopment  Please go to our website for our notices, applications, blog, plans, information about the Council of Economic Advisors, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), EDAC public meeting notices, and everything else that pertains to our ongoing work, or the work of the departments within our Bureau.

Find out more about the Departments within our Bureau:
Planning and Development
Office of Capital Planning and Policy - Facilities Management
Real Estate Management
Building and Zoning
Zoning Board of Appeals

Mandates
• Business growth, attraction, and retention
• Job creation and supporting sustainable employment
• Sustainable community investment connecting housing, employment
development and transportation
• Affordable housing
• Regional planning focused on the integration of economic, physical, and social
infrastructure
• Development of a long range capital improvement program
• Coordinate property management at all County-owned and leased properties
• Enforcement of Building and Zoning regulations

Connect to Cook

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Go to Connect to Cook Website  – GIS and open data access to over 5,000 variables for demographic, consumer spending, business and traffic data from the ease of your pc or laptop, geared specifically to Cook County.   The data can be analyzed in a geographic context that allows users to choose samples as granular as block groups, census tracts or ZIP Codes. Menus allow the information and datasets to be customized and displayed in a variety of ways.

Key Activities
 Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)
Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium
Cook County Hospital Strategic Redevelopment
Council of Economic Advisors
Partnering for Prosperity: An Economic Growth Action Agenda for Cook County
Planning for Progress

We work closely with:
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Cook County Land Bank Authority
Housing Authority of Cook County

E-mail us at: Info.Edev@cookcountyil.gov