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Governor Leads Delegation to Europe

Germany Delegation

Choose DuPage is joining the Intersect Illinois delegation that is in Germany this week for a jobs mission with Governor Rauner and members of Team Illinois. The jobs mission will have a brief stop in Poland before continuing to Germany. Between April 17th and April 24th, the Team will cover over 1,600 miles and attend 20 plus meetings. 


This will be Governor Rauner’s first European trip as Governor. He, along with Intersect Illinois, leaders in business, education, and the government comprise “Team Illinois” and will begin the Germany portion of the trip in Munich.


John Carpenter & Gov Rauner in Germany

Pictured above: Governor Rauner with John Carpenter, President & CEO of Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance 


The Governor will lead Team Illinois along with Mark Peterson, President & CEO of Intersect Illinois, Sean McCarthy, Director at the Illinois Department of Commerce, Erik Brejla, Assistant Deputy Director and Foreign Direct Investment and Site Selection, of the Illinois Department of Commerce, and Kelly Nicholl, Chief Marketing Officer of Intersect Illinois. Team Illinois consists of a talented group of individuals who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience as it relates to Illinois and this jobs mission.


Representing Illinois are the following individuals:


  • Mark Peterson - President & CEO - Intersect Illinois
  • Sean McCarthy - Director - Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Erik Brejla - Assistant Deputy Director - Foreign Direct Investment and Site Selection - Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Kelly Nicholl - Chief Marketing Officer - Intersect Illinois
  • Jason Anderson - Economic Development Director - City of Rochelle
  • Greg Baise - President & CEO - Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • John Carpenter - President & CEO - Choose DuPage
  • Kevin Considine - President & CEO - Lake County Partners
  • Mark Denzler - Vice President & COO - Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • Dr. Kenneth Ender - President - Harper College
  • Matt Gambs - Senior Vice President - Wintrust Financial; Board, Illinois Chamber
  • Anna Morzy - Founding Member Polish American Committee; Former President - Polish American Leadership
  • Edward Seidel - Vice President of Economic Development and Innovation - University of Illinois System
  • Mark Tomkins - President &  CEO - German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
  • Terry Wilkerson - President - Rend Lake Community College
  • Andria Winters - Senior Director of Business Services - CBRE


With over 1,800 foreign owned companies in Illinois generating $100B in FDI, Foreign Direct Investment continues to be a focus for Team Illinois. Marketing Illinois as a global hub for business to international job creators will bring new opportunities to forge partnerships and advance the state’s economic growth.  With the superior access to international travel as well as Illinois’ talented workforce, we are excited to bring this message across the globe.


The trip has a busy itinerary that includes visits to companies that have existing facilities in Illinois, as well as exciting announcements of new operations within the state.  The perfect conclusion to this whirlwind will be Hannover Messe where the team will meet with various Illinois companies exhibiting at the world’s largest manufacturing trade show.  Hannover Messe boasts over 6,500 exhibitors from 70+ countries and 225K trade visitors. 


Germany Delegation 3

Pictured above: Team Illinois, including Governor Rauner and John Carpenter visit Haribo Gummies.

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New spec industrial building strategically located at Western Bypass

A joint-venture between Distribution Realty Group and EverWest Real Estate Investors announced its plans to develop an approximately 190,000 square foot speculative industrial building at 220 York Road in Bensenville, Illinois.


Located in DuPage County, the building will feature modern Class A characteristics including 32' clear ceiling heights, LED lighting with motion sensors, attractive storefront glass, up to 37 dock doors, and ample auto parking. The building is designed to appeal to high end warehouse and logistics companies seeking top-tier space in O'Hare.


"The assemblage of 26 parcels on 10 acres adjacent to the Illinois Route 390 and O'Hare International Airport created a best-in-class logistics location," said Curran Darling, DRG's Senior Vice President in Chicago. "From this facility, our customers can take advantage of O'Hare's South Cargo Entrance from a low DuPage County tax location, along with great connectivity to the new Western Bypass which provides immediate access to Chicagoland's interstate system."


"Our firm views Chicago as one of the country's most important logistics hubs," said James Love, Managing Partner of DRG, "and we look forward to adding our 10th facility to the O'Hare submarket." 


The venture has hired Sam Durkin and Dominic Carbonari of JLL to market the property for lease on its behalf. Arco Murray will construct the building on behalf of the partnership.


Distribution Realty Group LLC


Distribution Realty Group LLC is a privately owned industrial real estate firm with offices in Chicago and Nashville. The firm has acquired and developed over 3 million square feet of industrial and distribution facilities since its founding in 2013. For more information, please visit www.distributionrealty.com.


EverWest Real Estate Investors


EverWest Real Estate Investors is a real estate investor and operator located in Denver, Colorado.  The company was acquired by Great-West Life's real estate advisory platform in February 2018 to help expand their international presence. For more information, please visit www.everwest.com. 



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