Kyle Schulz is the Director of Global Strategic Initiatives leading the international business development and relationship building efforts for World Business Chicago (WBC) a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. Schulz works to increase Chicago’s profile internationally through multiple channels, establishing creative and unique partnerships around the globe to drive further economic collaboration between Chicago and its global partners.
Schulz has over 10-years of economic development leadership and experience. Prior to joining WBC Schulz served as the Vice-President of Economic Development for the Schaumburg Business Association where he oversaw the organization’s modernization efforts by launching a comprehensive outreach program that accounted for over 20% of the State of Illinois business visits and focusing on strategic foreign relationships to raise the international profile and prestige of Schaumburg.
Schulz spent five years working in economic development in the Austin, Texas metro where he developed a recognized Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program that identified over $2 million in workforce grant funding, developed an award-winning crowdfunding portal, and served as the lead business recruiter for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce where he worked to attract national and international investment to the greater Austin area by directing a series of on-going trade mission trips that brought small, medium and Fortune 500 companies to the 15-city economic development partnership of greater Austin.
Schulz’s career began as an economic development research manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity where he oversaw multiple statewide initiatives including a Buy Local campaign and a nationwide incentive tracker to provide Illinois fiscal discipline during incentive negotiations.
Schulz lives in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood with his wife, JJ, his daughter, Rhynder, and his heterochromia husky Bran.