Who We Are

Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives regional economic growth. We collaborate to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages business and community leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

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Advancing Chicago’s Position
as North America’s Global Business Center

As a public-private partnership between the City and the business community, WBC’s Board of Directors is composed of prominent leaders who guide the progression of Chicago’s business climate.

WBC is responsible for the implementation of Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago’s economy.

The Plan provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and as set of strategies which are currently being implemented to foster regional growth.

How we Work

WBC’s staff can help navigate the site selection process for companies by providing economic and industry data, state and local incentive information, and bringing together key parties to spur economic growth.

As a liaison between the public and private sectors, WBC works closely with Mayor Emanuel’s Office, the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, the state of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and many other partners throughout the region.

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is part of WBC. CSCI promotes Chicago as a global city, develops international partnerships and networks, and shares best practices with its 28 Sister Cities, located in almost every region of the world.

WBC is also home to the ChicagoNEXT council of technology leaders a dedicated effort to drive business growth and opportunity in science innovation and technology entrepreneurship.

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