The Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs is a coordinated effort to assess Chicago's economy and help it expand at a faster rate. It provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and strategies for which actionable initiatives are being developed.

Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs Related Activities

Each of the Plan’s ten strategies will require the development and deployment of specific activities that together can impact our economy's future growth. Many activities aligned with the strategies are already underway across our region; in fact, we have identified over 300 of these so far. If you have a related activity that aligns with the strategies please use our Submit a related activity form to let us know.

World Business Chicago sees this process as living and ongoing, serving the economic development of Chicago for the future economy over the long term. Below are a few example of organizations working on some of the related activities. These examples provide evidence of how the activites advance each of the strategies, and how the strategies can help us build a better Chicago together.

Strategies

  1. Become a leading manufacturing hub
  2. Increase attractiveness as a center for business services and headquarters
  3. Become more competitive as a leading transportation and logistics hub
  4. Make Chicago a premier destination for tourism and entertainment
  5. Make Chicago a nationally leading exporter
  6. Create demand-driven and targeted workforce development
  7. Foster innovation in mature and emerging sectors and support entrepreneurship
  8. Invest to create next-generation infrastructure
  9. Develop and deploy neighborhood assets to align with regional economic growth
  10. Create an environment in which businesses can flourish

 


Advanced Manufacturing

 

Initiative

Organization

Business Assessment Program

Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing

Machining Training Initiative (MTI)

Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP)

Center for Nanoscale Materials

Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne

Austin Manufacturing Training Center

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Austin Polytechnical Academy

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Austin Reentry Advantage Program

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Chicago Sustainable Industries initiative

City of Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development

Integrated Lighting and Building Efficiency Systems (ILBES) Green Economy initiative

Delta Institute, The

Illinois Science and Technology Park (Skokie)

ForestCity Science + Technology Group

Next Generation Manufacturing Study

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Manufacturing Boot Camp

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Illinois Manufacturers’ Training Program

Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Illinois Nanotechnology Collaborative

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

Innovation Acceleration Platform

Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster (ISGRIC)

ManufacturingWorks

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Manufacturing Skills Program

Jane Addams Resource Network

Lean Breakfast Club

McHenry County College, Shah Center for Corporate Training

Milwaukee Regional Water Accelerator Project

Milwaukee Water Council

 

National Center for Food Safety and Technology

Manufacturing day camps

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)

Associate in Applied Science, Manufacturing Technology (AAS)

Oakton Community College

Steelworker for the Future

Prairie State Community College

Green Economy

RW Ventures

SME high school and college programs

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 5

Associate in Applied Science, Nanoscience Technology (AAS)

South Suburban College

Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership

South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

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Business Services & Headquarters

 

Initiative

Organization

Proactive Headquarters Outreach

World Business Chicago

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Transportation & Logistics

Initiative

Organization

O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP)

City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

Occupational Certificate - Transportation & Logistics

Harper College

I-90 Corridor Planning Council

Illinois Tollway Board

CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet (CIC-Joliet)

Joliet Arsenal Development Authority

ProLogis Park Arsenal

Joliet Arsenal Development Authority

Southwest Will TMA Implementation/Travel Demand Study

Joliet Arsenal Development Authority

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program

Loyola University Graduate School of Business

Occupational Certificate - Transportation & Logistics

McHenry County College

Freight policy agendas

Metropolis Strategies

Commute Options pilot program

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Bus Rapid Transit Report

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

O’Hare Perishables Facility

O’Hare International Airport

Transportation/Distribution/Logistics training program

Olive-Harvey Community College

Transportation Warehouse Logistics Program

South Suburban College

Thornton Township Academy of Truck & Diesel Technology

Thornton Township High School

Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology

Transportation Center, Northwestern

Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) program

U.S. Department of Transportation

Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS)

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics

University of Illinois at Chicago

National University Rail (NURail) Center & other research collaborations

Urban Transportation Center (UTC) at UIC

TRANPRO Information Management System

Urban Transportation Center, University of Chicago

Inland Port Advisory Council (IPAC)

Will County Center for Economic Development

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Tourism & Entertainment

 

Initiative

Organization

Local Tourism Marketing Grant Program

Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau

Meetings and conventions customer survey & strategy

Choose Chicago

Sports Commission

Choose Chicago

Cultural Tourism Commission

Choose Chicago 

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Increased Exports

Initiative

Organization

Sister Cities Exports Initiative

Chicago Sister Cities International / World Business Chicago

Illinois International Trade Center

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

US Export Assistance Center

City of Chicago

DHL Express expansion in Chicago

DHL

Private Sector Liaison Office to The World Bank

Global Midwest Alliance

Illinois-Korea Smart Grid Partnership

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

Illinois International Trade Center

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

Illinois International Trade Center at ICNC

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago/Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

Illinois International Trade Center

North Business & Industrial Council

Chicago Score

  

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Demand-Driven Workforce

Initiative

Organization

Cara Program

Cara Program

Evaluation of the City of Chicago’s Sector-Based Workforce Centers Initiative

Center for Urban Economic Development, UIC

High-school tech and entrepreneurship training

Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology (CAAT)

Chicago Career Tech training programs

Chicago Career Tech

Integrated Performance Management System

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative

Chicago Jobs Council

Austin Polytechnical youth outreach program

Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Human Capital Information Portal (HCIP)

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (Chicago Tech Academy High School)

Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

College and Career Academies initiative

Chicago Public Schools, Career and Technical Education

CWICstats

Chicago Workforce Investment Council

Merger of three existing workforce boards

Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership

Future Founders

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Colleges to Careers

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)

Education partnerships

Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL)

NIMS-accredited CNC machining program

Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC)

NIMS-accredited CNC program

Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC)

TalentSparks!

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

Illinois Innovation Talent (ILIT) Project

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

Science Career Investigation (SCI)

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

weTRaIN

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

Illinois Shifting Gears Initiative, Phase I (SG 1.0)

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

Illinois Shifting Gears Initiative, Phase II (SG 2.0)

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

Accelerating Opportunities (formerly ABE to Credentials)

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Regional Workforce Partnership Support

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

IL-HITREC Education and Training Portal

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (IL-HITREC)

IIT Smart Grid Education and Workforce Training Center

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Talent Leadership Board

Illinois Technology Association

Illinois Pathways

Illinois Worknet Center

ASIPTraining Center

Joliet Arsenal Development Authority

Leyden Metals program

Leyden High School District 212

Center for Working Families

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago New Communities Program

Healthcare Workforce Institute

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA)

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council

Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Development Program

Moraine Valley Community College

HIT Electronic Health Record Certification Program

Moraine Valley Community College

TALENT (Total Applied Learning through ENTrepreneurship)

NanoBusiness Alliance

Pilot competency-based apprenticeships program

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Allied Health Programs

National Latino Education Institute (NLEI), formerly Spanish Coalition for Jobs

Nanotechnology Employment, Education, and Economic Development Initiative (NE3I)

Oakton Community College

Opportunity Chicago

Partnership for New Communities

Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program

Project Lead the Way (Illinois)

Gateway to Technology (GTT) program

Project Lead the Way (Illinois)

Digital Youth Summer Jobs

Smart Communities Chicago

Northern Illinois Workforce Consortium (NIWC)

William Rainey Harper College (Harper College)

Health Profession Opportunity for TANF Recipients

Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago

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Entreprenurship & Innovation

Initiative

Organization

Chicago Health Information Technology Regional  Extension Center (CHITREC)

Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services

On-line community

Built in Chicago

Center for Creativity and Innovation

Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University

Entrepreneur-in-Residence program

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern

Catalyst Award

Chicago Biomedical Consortium

Lever Award

Chicago Biomedical Consortium

Internship Program, Chicago Health Information Technology Regional  Extension Center (CHITREC)

Chicago Health Information Technology Regional  Extension Center (CHITREC)

ThinkChicago

Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Innovation Awards

Chicago Innovation Awards

nextONE Business Accelerator

Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

nextSTEP Business Classes

Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

Cluster Acceleration Program (CAP)

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

1871

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and other partners

Apps for Metro Chicago, Illinois

City of Chicago, State of Illinois, Cook County

Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI)

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Challenge

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Trust

Support for clean-tech start-ups

Clean Energy Trust

Excelerate Labs summer program

Excelerate Labs

NUVention Medical; NUVention Web; NUVention Energy

Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI), Northwestern

Early-stage tech start-up investment fund

FireStarter Fund

IIT Wind Consortium

Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, IIT

Brinks Innovation Competition

Global Midwest Alliance

Midwest Clean Tech Conference

Global Midwest Alliance

10,000 Small Businesses program (Chicago)

Goldman Sachs

Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship

Hadley School for the Blind

Health IT advocacy

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

iBIO PROPEL

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

Angel Investment Tax Credit Program

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Invest Illinois Venture Fund Program (IIVF)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Innovation Index

Illinois Innovation Council

Illinois Innovation Network

Illinois Innovation Council

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW)

Illinois Innovation Council

Startup Illinois

Illinois Innovation Council

IIT Innovation Center

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago Technology Park

Illinois Medical District

Chicago ITEC

Illinois Medical District

Illinois Smart Buildings Initiative

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

TechNexus

Illinois Technology Association

Fall Challenge

Illinois Technology Association

Innovation-to-Commercialization (I2C) Program

Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), Northwestern

Technology Ventures Program

Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, UIC

StarLight

International Center for Advanced Internet Research

Distributed Optical Testbed (DOT)

International Center for Advanced Internet Research

Small Business Entrepreneur's Evaluation (SBEE)

International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern

InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

InvestMidwest

Urban Geek Drinks nights

Justin Massa, formerly of MCIC, now of FoodGenuis

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Lightbank opens its office to entrepreneurial ideas

Lightbank

MetroChicago Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council

Emerging Technologies program

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Midwest Industrial Initiative (MI2) and Forum

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)

Nanotechnology Corporate Partners (NCP) program

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), Northwestern

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institutes (NUCATS)

Northwestern University

Chicago Innovation Spotlight

Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institutes (NUCATS)

Strategic Healthcare IT Advanced Research Projects on Security (SHARPS)

Northwestern University Memorial Hospital

New Venture Lab

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Booth School, U of C

Hyde Park Angels

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Booth School, U of C

Healthbox Accelerator

Sandbox Industries

Shapiro Center

School of the Art Institute

Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC)

Searle Community Trust

Incubator, The (Evanston)

Technology Innovation Center, Northwestern University

University Technology Park (UTP)

University Technology Park at IIT

Incubator at IIT, The

University Technology Park at IIT

Small Business Development Program (SBDP)

Workforce Institute of the City Colleges of Chicago       

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Next-Generation Infrastructure

Initiative

Organization

Prospering in Place

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Smart Chicago Collaborative

Chicago Community Trust and other partners

Make Way for People

Chicago Department of Transportation

Energy Impact Illinois

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Value capture analysis for innovative financing

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning/ Metropolitan Planning Council

O'Hare Airport Express Rail Service project

City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

Regional Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

City of Chicago Department of Energy

Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI)

City of Naperville Department of Public Utilities

Chicago Southland Fiber Network (CSFN)

Cook County

Blue Tech Alliance

Cornerstone International

Clean Water and Healthy Fish / Chicago River Blue

Friends of the Chicago River

Perfect Power System at IIT

Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, IIT

Galvin Electricity Initiative

Galvin Project, The

Broadband infrastructure initiative

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Route 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council

Illinois Tollway Board

Optical Metro Network Initiative (OMNInet)

International Center for Advanced Internet Research

IWIRE

International Center for Advanced Internet Research

What Our Water’s Worth

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), Phase II

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

UV disinfection facilities

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD)

Broadband Access in Illinois report

Partnership for a Connected Illinois, Inc. (PCI) (a.k.a., Connect Illinois)

Eco-Boulevards design proposal

Urban Lab (private design firm)

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Neighborhood Assets

Initiative

Organization

I-GO

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Housing and transportation affordability research

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Opportunity Chicago evaluation

Center for Urban Economic Development, UIC

Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Homes for a Changing Region project continuation

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Chicago Contractor Development Program

Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center

Cermak Creative Industry District

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Micro-Market Recovery Program

City of Chicago Department of Housing & Economic Development

Green Business Development Center

Delta Institute, The

City of Chicago Cultural Plan Initiative

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)

Chicago West Side Entrepreneurship Center (CWSEC)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Fulton-Carroll Center (FCC) Incubator

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago/Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

ICNC Business Employment Services (BES)

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago/Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

Illinois Small Business Development Center at ICNC

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago/Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

New Communities Program

LISC Chicago's New Communities Program

Regional planning and development

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Regional Housing Initiative (RHI)

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Reconnecting Neighborhoods

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)

Small Business Opportunity Clinic (SBOC)

Northwestern Law School

Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy Project

RW Ventures

SCORE Chicago

SCORE

Business Resource Networks

Smart Communities Chicago

FamilyNet Centers

Smart Communities Chicago

South Suburban Brownfields Program

South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Urban Indicators & Spatial Decision Support System

Urban Transportation Center, UIC

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Business Environment

 

Initiative

Organization

Rescuing Illinois Special Project

Better Government Association (BGA)

State Banks Initiative

Center for State Innovation

Global Connections Dinner Series

Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA)

E-Plan Review System

Chicago Department of Buildings

Metropulse

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Business Inspection Reform

Chicago Office of the Mayor

DuPage Cluster Analysis

Choose DuPage

Minority and Women-owned Business Procurement Program

City of Chicago

Innovation Delivery Team, Chicago

City of Chicago

Open Data Portal

City of Chicago

Illinois Fiscal Sustainability Initiative

Civic Federation, The

IllinoisIsBroke.com

Commercial Club of Chicago, Civic Committee

Open Data Portal

Cook County

Small Business Initiative

DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation

Policy research

Illinois Business Round Table

Illinois Research and Development Tax Credit

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Tri-State Chicago Metro Territorial Review

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Lake County Central Permit Facility

Lake County

Reducing licenses by 60%

Mayor's "Time in line" Innovation Delivery Team

Metro Economic Growth Alliance (MEGA)

Metro Economic Growth Alliance (MEGA)

Pro-enterprise Panel to streamline business processes

Public Service for the 21st Century (PS21) movement

Supplier Diversity Taskforce recommendations

Supplier Diversity Task force 

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