Annual Report

Yearly review of the impact of our strategic initiatives

2015 in Review

In 2015, World Business Chicago (WBC) worked with an impressive number of partners and businesses, continuing to make an economic impact in and around Chicago. WBC’s core activities included retaining, creating and attracting businesses and jobs and connecting people to markets through initiatives.

Our success last year, as always, is largely attributable to the fundamental strengths of Chicago. However, our staff, our board and the myriad of partners we work with are critical and we thank all of you.

We are pleased that the efforts growing out of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, including 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing, Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) and Metro Chicago Exports (MCE), have truly begun to impact the city and region, increasing the metro area’s competitiveness and footprint. In 2015, Chicago was named the Top Metro for corporate investment for the second year in a row by Site Selection Magazine, as we tracked a record number of business expansions and corporate relocations. WBC is proud of our work in this arena.

WBC and Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) continued to work to strengthen Chicago’s international business and cultural relationships with countries such as China, Italy, and Mexico. We were honored to organize business and cultural exchanges with leaders and delegations from across the globe.

We invite you to read our annual report for a detailed understanding of our efforts and once again would like to thank our partners throughout the region for their collaboration.

2015 Annual Report (PDF)

2015 Audited Financials (PDF)

2015 City of Chicago Grant (PDF)