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

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.

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.