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.

The Executive Summary outlines a set of seven strategies for enhancing Cook County’s South Suburbs as communities of opportunity and choice.   Phase I revealed many opportunities to leverage the sub-region’s assets for growth, and lays the foundation for a much more extensive Phase 2.

Please feel free to contact Barbara Maloof, Public Information Officer, barbara.maloof@cookcountyil.gov  to offer feedback on the Phase 1 findings and recommendations, learn more about what lies ahead in Phase 2 or discuss ways to become more involved as the work moves forward. We also welcome the opportunity to present and discuss SSEGI with local government, civic and business organizations that may be interested in engaging more deeply.

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