Strategic Plans

Partnering for Prosperity - An Economic Growth Action Agenda for Cook County was commissioned by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and prepared by the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). It outlines an industry-cluster based strategic approach to economic development and job growth   

View Plan:  Partnering for Prosperity.pdf

Regional and Special Initiatives 

  • The Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC) is the regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. Through CRGC’s leadership, the region will speak and act with one voice to foster economic growth. CRGC is comprised of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties and the City of Chicago. Our region is one of the world’s top ten most competitive economies, at the center of global trade routes with major assets in transportation infrastructure, information technology, manufacturing and more.   
  • The Chicago Metro Metals Consortium (CMMC) supports and strengthens the region’s metal manufacturing cluster by promoting the Chicago metro region as a leading center for manufacturing, strategically and efficiently aligning stakeholder efforts, and offering manufacturers resources to grow their businesses. CMMC serves as a platform for stakeholders that support the regional manufacturing industry. CMMC convenes workforce training providers and community colleges to discuss opportunities for collaboration, economic development organizations to advance innovative and thoughtful initiatives, and manufacturers to engage in supporting workforce and program development that will support the broader manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Chicago Defense Resiliency Program: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment to support economic research and resiliency in Illinois’ defense industry supply chain, including approximately $200,000 to support the Chicago region’s defense industry through the Chicago Metro Metals Consortium (CMMC). The 18-month grant, managed by UIC's Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, supports the use of an online supply chain mapping tool for regional partners like the CMMC, to enhance the competiveness of the defense industry supply chain. Partners will have access to real-time data for an informed perspective of the federal military's manufacturing and supply chain in Illinois, and will help quantify the effect of Department of Defense changes, expansions, potential cutbacks and other decisions in these regions (see diagram above).
  • Manufacturing Apprenticeship Expansion Program: A $140,000 grant to expand manufacturing apprenticeships in Cook County as part of the State of Illinois’ Apprenticeship Expansion Program. The grant supports promoting apprenticeship opportunities to small and medium sized fabricated machinery, machinery and equipment manufacturers on the South Side of the City of Chicago and the South Suburbs of Cook County.  The Chicago Metro Metals Consortium (CMMC)  serves as a regional navigator engaging businesses and partners to develop and strengthen the knowledge, skills, abilities, processes and resources that businesses, educational institutions, local workforce areas  and community partners need to create new or expand existing apprenticeship programs, a proven work-based learning strategy to connect individuals to a career pathway.  
  • The South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative (SSEGI): Cook County's South Suburbs are asset-rich with people, businesses, land and infrastructure critical to our regional economy. However, they face many economic head winds and challenges. As a result, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, with significant assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Civic Consulting Alliance, Mass Economics, and RW Ventures, LLC, initiated the South Suburban Economic Growth Initiative (SSEGI).  The Chicago Community Trust and the MacArthur Foundation have provided generous financial support and guidance for this initiative.