Posted: February 28, 2018
Please, no O'Hare deal without Western Access
Opinion Editorial by John Carpenter
As Greg Hinz reported in his February 25 column, “$8.5 billion O'Hare expansion deal about to land,” the city of Chicago is close to deal for a massive expansion of O'Hare International Airport. The new O'Hare deal includes a major step towards a providing passenger access from the west— the construction of a 10,000-space employee parking lot on O’Hare’s western edge is a start. As anticipation builds for the announcement of a final deal, establishing a western access point to the airport must remain a critical component of the overall O’Hare Modernization Project (OMP).
O’Hare International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, and hundreds of acres of ORD lay within DuPage County. While most appear to be focused on expanding gates and carriers, and possibly even developing a high speed express train to carry passengers back and forth from downtown, it’s important to remember the western access component of the larger OMP is critical to the overall success of the project; this effort will completely transform the economy of the entire Chicagoland region.
Since 2014, the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance has worked with the Illinois Tollway and regional public-and private-sector leaders to establish the Western Access O’Hare corridor as a premier global business location. The benefits from building western access are compelling. According to the Elgin-O’Hare Western Bypass Advisory Council, the economic benefits of this project include:
- Creation of 65,000 jobs by 2040
- Local tax revenues expected to increase by $29M annually (based on 2010 projection)
- 13,450 jobs will be created annually in the region during construction
- Travel delays will be reduced, saving an estimated $145M annually by 2040
There have been a number of stories written over the past few years regarding the progress of the Western Access O’Hare project, or rather, the lack of progress, due to continued gamesmanship by the City of Chicago. There is much at stake here. Many fail to realize the big picture impact of this incredibly important project, not only for DuPage County, but for residents and business across the Chicagoland region as whole – that means both the City as well as the surrounding suburbs.
Mayor Emanuel has recently touted O’Hare as the “best connected airport” serving one of the most diversified economies. For this to be true, the commitment to Western Access as outlined in the OMP needs to remain a priority in the final deal the City. This project is vital to the future of our region and will remain a priority for Choose DuPage until it is complete.
John Carpenter serves as the President/CEO of the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance. We are dedicated to establishing DuPage County as a premier global business location by working to expand and diversify the DuPage County economy through actions that stimulate business investment in its communities and generate desirable job opportunities for its residents.
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Posted: February 12, 2018
DuPage County: Open for Business and Continuing to Thrive
2017 Economic Indicators Showcase DuPage as Premier Business Location in Chicagoland Region
The findings from Choose DuPage's 2017 Annual Economic Indicators Report confirms DuPage County’s economy is stronger than ever. Data suggests DuPage County offers a business-friendly environment for a variety of industry sectors including healthcare and manufacturing. While the state and surrounding communities continue to navigate struggles with high taxes, pension challenges and a hostile business climate, the findings in Choose DuPage’s report reinforce DuPage County’s attractiveness for business development as well as quality of life.
2017 Economic Indicators Report Highlights:
- Closing out the year, DuPage County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland six-county region at 3.8%, lower than both the State of Illinois (4.7%) and United States (3.9%).
- DuPage County’s top job opportunities were reported to be in the computer and mathematical fields, office and administrative support, management, healthcare, sales, business and financial operations.
- Office vacancy rates dropped from 17.2% at the end of 2016 to 15.8% at the end of 2017; Industrial vacancy rates dropped from 5.3% this time last year, to 5.1%. DuPage County continues to have one of the lowest industrial vacancy rates in the region.
“In addition to Amita Health relocating its headquarters – 1,100 jobs – to Lisle, DuPage County had a number of other big projects develop in 2017,” said John Carpenter, president and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Low taxes, strong labor demographics, as well as a highly educated and skilled workforce are just a few of the benefits DuPage is successfully leveraging to attract business development for the region. DuPage County continues to be a driving economic force in the Chicagoland area as there are a number of opportunities on the horizon and we anticipate further growth for the region in 2018.”
DuPage County saw a number of large real estate transactions over the past year spurring job creation including AMITA Health’s relocation of its headquarters to Lisle in the fall of 2017. CAMCRAFT and Get Fresh Produce brought just under 500 new jobs to the Bartlett area, while Oak Brook gained more than 325 jobs via transactions by CBRE, Rush University Medical Center and others.
Details surrounding the top twenty real estate transactions of 2017, as well as an industry sector breakdown, are included in the Choose DuPage 2017 Annual Economic Indicators Report and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.
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Posted: February 2, 2018
9th Annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook
Program Agenda & Speaker Biographies
Wednesday, May 2
Registration, Breakfast & Networking 7:00 - 8:00 AM
Program 8:00 - 9:30 AM
Drury Lane Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
John F. McDonough, President & CEO
John F. McDonough joined the Blackhawks in 2007 as President and was named President and Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2011. Under his guidance, in what Forbes Magazine has called the "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever," the Blackhawks have revitalized the team's profile and re-energized its fan base. Since McDonough joined the Blackhawks, the team has won Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015, becoming the first organization in the NHL's salary cap era to capture three championships.
With McDonough's leadership, the Blackhawks' success has been recognized by SportsBusiness Journal, earning coveted nominations for the publication's Professional Sports Team of the Year in 2009 and 2014. The organization was also voted to have the "Best Business Savvy" by The Hockey News' 2012 "Best of Everything in Hockey" issue, in addition to being named "Best Franchise" in their 2014 "Franchise Ranking" issue.
The Blackhawks have entertained 457 consecutive capacity crowds at the United Center and have grown a season ticketholder base from 3,400 to more than 14,000. Additionally, the Blackhawks have led the NHL in attendance for ten consecutive seasons and consistently achieve monumental viewership numbers on local and national broadcasts. During the team's run to the 2015 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks registered three of their top five most-watched games, including the highest on record, a 41.0 HH average rating during Game 6 of the Final on June 15, 2015.
McDonough has been instrumental in bringing marquee events to Chicago, including the 2009 NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field, the 2014 Stadium Series game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field, the NCAA Frozen Four in April 2017 and the NHL Draft in June 2017. In addition, he instituted the annual Blackhawks Convention, the first of its kind in the National Hockey League.
Prior to joining the Blackhawks, McDonough served as President of the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure, the Cubs won the 2007 National League Central Division while setting an all-time franchise attendance record. As the Cubs' chief, and in his previous role as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting, he played a major role in increasing the Cubs' fan base and attracting sponsorships, helping one of the most successful professional sports franchises in America consistently reach record attendance and revenue figures. In addition, McDonough was the architect of the seventh-inning stretch celebrity "guest conductor" concept at Wrigley Field and created the annual Cubs Convention, which is now viewed as a prototype for team and league fan festivals.
McDonough's many achievements have earned him honors and awards, including Major League Baseball's Marketing Excellence Award, Chicago Baseball Executive of the Year and a place in "America's Top Ten Marketing Executives" by Promo Magazine. In addition, McDonough was named to The Hockey News' "100 People of Power and Influence," was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation by the Business of Hockey Institute in 2016.
He has also been recognized with the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Presidential Medal for Outstanding Merit, the Bill Veeck Lifetime Achievement Award, a place in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame and the 2008 Executive of the Year Award by the Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In November 2017 McDonough received the 2017 Leadership Award from The Ireland Funds. He serves as a frequent guest speaker and panelist across the country, including at the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the 2014 SXSW Conference and Harvard Business School. McDonough has also served as commencement speaker for the Loyola University School of Communication and Grand Marshal for Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2014.
McDonough is a frequent lecturer at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and Northwestern University. He serves as a Sustaining Board Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Illinois Board, and also sits on the Athletic Advisory Board of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the Special Olympics Illinois Foundation Board, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Board of Directors, the NHL Club Business Advisory Board and the NHL Board of Governors.
A Chicago native, McDonough is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He currently resides in the western suburbs and has three children, Colleen (Pete), Ryan (Katie) and Michael; and a granddaughter, Riley, and a grandson, Connor.
MARKET COMPASS: GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Kristina Hooper, Global Market Strategist
Kristina Hooper is the Global Market Strategist at Invesco. She entered the financial industry in 1995. Prior to joining Invesco, Ms. Hooper was the US investment strategist at Allianz Global Investors. Prior to Allianz, she held positions at PIMCO Funds, UBS (formerly PaineWebber) and MetLife. She has regularly been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters and other financial news publications. She was featured on the cover of teh January 2015 issue of Kiplinger's magazine, and has appeared regularly on CNBC and Reuters TV.
Ms. Hooper earned a BA degree, cum laude, from Wellesley College; a JD from Pace University School of Law, where she was a Trustees' Merit Scholar; an MBA in finance from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she was a teaching fellow in macroeconomics and organized behavior; and a master's degree from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she focused on labor economics.
Ms. Hooper holds the Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. She serves on the boards of trustees of the Foundation of Financial Planning, which is the pro bono arm of the financial planning industry, and Hour Children.
DUPAGE COUNTY ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
The Honorable Dan Cronin, Chairman
DuPage County Board
Dan Cronin won election to the office of DuPage County Board Chairman first in November 2010, and again in 2014, after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years. He brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he has cut the budget by more than $30 million and reformed costly employee benefits that will save $20 million over the next two decades. He has accomplished these significant cost-savings without raising property taxes or compromising service.
Chairman Cronin is also committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of local government. Through his DuPage ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency), he introduced a comprehensive approach to reform dozens of independent taxing districts in DuPage County. To date, those reforms, that include the elimination of two agencies, are estimated to save taxpayers more than $100 million.
By engaging with leaders across the state, Chairman Cronin continues to advocate on behalf of DuPage taxpayers on regional issues such as infrastructure, public transit and economic development. He has been instrumental in obtaining federal grants to help fund the local share of the Illinois Tollway’s Elgin O’Hare Western Access project. This project of “national significance” is expected to relieve congestion, promote economic development and create new jobs.
Chairman Cronin has also teamed up with regional leaders to help small and medium businesses capture export opportunities through Metro Chicago Exports. This collaboration between the City of Chicago along with Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties will ensure businesses continue to prosper while enhancing the region’s global competitiveness.
As a state legislator, Chairman Cronin served as the chairman and minority spokesperson of the Illinois Senate Education Committee. In addition to education initiatives, he passed a law to overhaul the DuPage Water Commission by removing the board of directors, eliminating the sales tax levy used to fund the agency and allowing more oversight by the DuPage County Board. He also passed laws to improve security at schools, protect women and children from domestic violence, strengthen teen driving laws and reduce gun violence.
Chairman Cronin is a resident of Elmhurst where he lives with his wife, Juliann, and their four children. He is partner in the Oak Brook law firm of Power and Cronin. He is a graduate of Fenwick High School and earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
STATE OF ILLINOIS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Mark S. Peterson, President & CEO
Mark S. Peterson has an outstanding background in economic development, financial administration, and high-value fund raising. Prior to accepting the role of President & CEO, Intersect Illinois, Mark served as President & CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), successfully recruiting scores of new companies, creating thousands of new jobs and more than $2.5 billion in new investments. Mark has proven himself to be a strong advocate for the communities he serves, building a reputation amongst his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent.
Mark is also an award-winning fund-raising executive with an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several world-class nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $120 million.
A proud alumnus of St. John Fisher College, Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program in 1994. Dedicated to giving back to his community, Mark has served on many community boards and was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, St. John Fisher College. Mark enjoys playing golf and spending quality time with his wife of 33 years, Kathleen, and their four daughters, Shannon, Megan, Erinn, and Liann.
Lisa Leiter, Chief Content Officer
The Executives' Club of Chicago
Lisa Leiter is the Chief Content Officer for The Executives’ Club of Chicago. Lisa is a former anchor/reporter for Crain's Chicago Business, where she helped create Chicago Business Today, the first online daily business show of its kind and produced the Entrepreneurs in Action video series. Prior to that, Lisa was a correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where she covered the financial markets and anchored business reports for WGN-TV and other local stations nationwide. Lisa also was an on-air correspondent for CNN and CNN Financial News and a staff writer for The Miami Herald. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University.
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Posted: January 10, 2018
State of the County
Chairman Cronin's Address to DuPage Business Leaders
Hosted by Chamber630 in conjunction with Choose DuPage and other area Chambers, the annual State of DuPage County luncheon took place on January 10th. At the event, Chairman Cronin addressed an audience of over 200 DuPage business leaders on the County's efforts to reduce taxes, provide an attractive business climate, and create efficiencies in government, as well as the opportunities 2018 will bring.
Chairman Cronin's State of the County Address
"I welcome this opportunity because we consider our relationship with the business community central to our success here in DuPage County.
As a small business owner and employer, I know what it takes to bring in business, make payroll and turn on the lights each morning. So together, we understand and embrace the importance of a solid economic development plan to bring business here, retain existing companies and plan for a robust future in which young professionals and business owners are nurtured, fostering their success and growth.
As we take stock at the beginning of this year, let’s “run the numbers” and evaluate how we’re doing. Data tells an important part of our story.
My first bit of news is remarkable, but it will sound very familiar. This year, the County portion of your property tax did not go up. This is the tenth year in a row our portion of the property tax rate has remained flat at $66.9 million dollars. While other counties have tried taxing everything, including a can of pop, our property tax levy remains flat. What makes this remarkable is that when the General Assembly passed the budget this summer, they kept $3.5 million of the funds traditionally returned to DuPage County. Therefore, we asked our departments and countywide elected officials to tighten their belts to meet the new revenue expectations while maintaining service levels our customers, you the taxpayers, have come to expect.
I alluded to the “soda tax” that was so controversial in Cook County. Bear in mind that we’ve kept our property tax rate flat while REDUCING our sales tax a quarter cent. In 2016, the quarter cent portion of the tax that supported the DuPage Water Commission sunset. So, when it comes to growing business here, we want to honestly say we are doing everything we can to create as “low-tax” an environment as we can, within the borders of Illinois.
And that strategy pays off. John Carpenter of Choose DuPage, DuPage County’s economic development organization, reports a wave of new businesses chose to locate here.
Rexnord Corporation re-committed to Downers Grove after a national search for their aerospace headquarters. The company will redevelop its existing site and build an additional 248,000 square-foot facility expected to be completed by 2019.
We have been notified a Hungarian aviation company and Portuguese software company will move their U.S. operations to DuPage County. The County’s international reach is expanding, with more than 800 foreign-owned companies operating in DuPage, representing more than 40 different countries.
And just last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics moved into their new, five-story, 183,000 square-foot office building in Itasca, bringing 455 new jobs to DuPage. Based on the number of added jobs, healthcare is both the largest and fastest-growing industry in DuPage County.
We are thrilled with this progress, but we’re not satisfied to rest on our laurels. We have some exciting new initiatives and plans I’m eager to share.
Late last year, we joined with the College of DuPage and the Village of Glen Ellyn to build on the success our Rev3 Innovation Center. Our new initiative, Innovation DuPage, is a cooperative venture promoting business growth and job creation. Together with our partners, we will guide entrepreneurs, small businesses and new companies on the path to success.
When you head to the polls in March, you’ll see a question on the ballot related to our next big initiative this year. We are asking voters, in an advisory referendum, whether they are in favor of consolidating our DuPage Election Commission and our County Clerk’s office to improve efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. As you may recall, last spring we made an initial foray passing a bill in the Senate, which later became bogged down in the House during the last hours of the session. This year, with what we hope will be overwhelming voter support, we will pursue new legislation that simply folds election and voter services right into the administrative duties of the County Clerk’s office. This is the model used by most counties in the state of Illinois. Since I took office in 2010, a series of reforms in the Election Commission alone have netted our residents more than $3 million in savings. Our consolidation proposal, we expect, will save us even more money, but more importantly, the goal is to offer one-stop shopping at the DuPage County Clerk’s Office and improve customer service for all residents.
This summer, we will complete the renovation of the former DuPage Juvenile Detention Facility and cut a ribbon on the new consolidated DU-COMM Emergency Dispatch Center. This state-of-the-art public safety center will house the consolidated DU-COMM dispatch center, the County’s Emergency Telephone System Board and our Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Bringing DU-COMM on campus with other County safety experts provides dispatchers optimal space, allows our emergency management services to, again, share resources and provides the County rental revenue for space that was previously vacated.
That’s our approach…collaboration at the local, regional and statewide level. Our Accountability Consolidation and Transparency Initiative is changing the culture and conversation in DuPage government, and is influencing the thinking in our region and state. Last spring, Senate Bill 3 was part of the so-called “grand bargain” that became the basis for the budget compromise. It extended our DuPage model for local government consolidation to all 101 other counties throughout the state.
We think, at more than 7,000 plus units, there’s too much government in the state of Illinois. Our goal has been to reduce footprint of local government, squeezing out value and fostering excellence in customer service for our taxpayers.
I’ve outlined a couple of big ideas and new rocks we plan to move to create an inviting atmosphere for business growth. Our economy is strong with an unemployment rate of 3.9% – the lowest in our region. Even though the General Assembly passed a budget that kept $3.5 million of our DuPage taxpayer dollars, we balanced our county budget and did not raise your taxes, and in fact, we reduced the burden when we could.
If I were an analyst on CNBC I’d tell you I’m “bullish” …or very optimistic about the year ahead. 2018 will bring new opportunities and the ability to explore further partnerships that will move our County even further ahead. I’m grateful to have the support of business leaders like you. I always appreciate the opportunity to talk with you and I welcome your questions and thoughts."
- Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board
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Posted: December 23, 2017
O'Hare Western Access is Road to Opportunity
Letter to the Editor of the Daily Herald, by John A. Carpenter, President & CEO of Choose DuPage
There have been a number of stories written over the past few years regarding the progress of the Western Access O'Hare project. Local media has recently questioned if the new I-390 Tollway will ever lead somewhere. It appears people have short memories. The new I-390 Tollway is part of the Western Access effort that will eventually connect to O'Hare creating a western access point to the airport -- a project vital to our region, and especially DuPage County.
Key components of the O'Hare Modernization Project (OMP), agreed to and approved 15 years ago, were predicated upon the successful completion of the Elgin-O'Hare Tollway, I-390. The project began with an addition of nearly 50 expressway lane miles. By converting Thorndale Avenue into a limited-access, four-lane highway, we've created an extension to the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, opening the opportunity to build a bypass that connects I-90 and I-294.
This is an incredibly important project, not only for DuPage County, but for residents and businesses across the Chicagoland region as whole. The benefits from the Western Access O'Hare project are compelling. As a component of the larger OMP, this effort will completely transform the economy of the region.
As a quick reminder, according to the Elgin-O'Hare Western Bypass Advisory Council, the economic benefits of this project include:
- Creation of 65,000 jobs by 2040
- Local tax revenues expected to increase by $29M annually (based on 2010 projection)
- 13,450 jobs will be created annually in the region during construction
- Travel delays will be reduced, saving an estimated $145 million annually by 2040
Today, the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries have a workforce of 75,000 in DuPage County, nearly 15 percent of our entire labor force. The Western Access O'Hare project is vital to the future of our region if we are to sustain this level of economic activity. Despite the uncertainty that both public-and private-sector organizations face in today's environment, Choose DuPage continues to work toward expanding the regional economy through actions that stimulate business investment in our region and generate desirable job opportunities for residents.
In a market where industrial vacancy rates have been on a nearly continuous five-year decline, our county is finding new ways to remain competitive. Industrial businesses are making their move to DuPage, and Western Access to O'Hare allows for further growth; this is truly a road to opportunity, crucial to the future of our economy.
Since 2014, Choose DuPage has worked with the Illinois Tollway and regional public- and private-sector leaders to establish the Western Access O'Hare corridor as a premier global business location. This project will relieve congestion in the western suburbs and generate a raft of jobs and economic growth—with or without a new O'Hare western terminal. DuPage deserves this and the region will benefit from it. So, I challenge the notion I-390 is a road to nowhere. Meaningful western access is building a road to opportunity that is crucial to the future of our economy.
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Posted: December 13, 2017
FROM THE DESK OF JOHN A. CARPENTER: YEAR-END UPDATE ON CHOOSE DUPAGE’S 4-POINT PLAN
A BLUEPRINT FOR DUPAGE'S PROSPERITY
In 2015, Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance launched a 4-point plan—four strategic initiatives to further economic evolution and drive development in DuPage County. As 2017 draws to a close, I’d like to reflect on the progress of these initiatives and plans for the future.
1. Commercializing Ideas at Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory launched Chain Reaction Innovations (CIR) in 2016, an onsite tech incubator for science and energy entrepreneurs, and is working with Choose DuPage to attract companies that would best benefit from Argonne’s world-class facilities and research. This year, we have involved Argonne and Chain Reaction Innovations in our plans for Innovation DuPage, a new business incubator and accelerator being launched in partnership with Choose DuPage, Rev3 Innovation Center, College of DuPage, Village of Glen Ellyn, Benedictine University, Elmhurst College, and DuPage Impact LLC. As plans for Innovation DuPage progress, we hope to solidify our partnership with Argonne and Chain Reaction Innovations. Additionally, Argonne has participated in choose DuPage programs such as the Regional Business Outlook.
2. Solving the “Last Mile” Commute Problem
One persistent issue with companies that call the suburbs home is finding ways to make the commutes of office workers who choose not to drive to their jobs easier. Many office buildings aren't conveniently located to public transit alternatives such as train stations, a problem known as the first-mile/last-mile commute. Choose DuPage has been working with Burr Ridge-based Innova EV, Hamilton Partners and the Village of Itasca to solve this problem. In 2017, Innova EV launched a pilot program using electric vehicles to get employees from the Itasca train station to the office development Hamilton Lakes. This has laid the groundwork for additional pilot programs in an effort to apply our solutions to alternate scenarios.
3. Developing and Encouraging Growth at DuPage Business Center
This 800-acre campus in West Chicago is a fertile ground for development. With a diverse communication system, accessible utilities onsite, and direct access to DuPage Airport, the campus is ideal for a variety of businesses. Earlier this year, Choose DuPage submitted DuPage Business Center as one of two in DuPage ideal for Amazon’s headquarters.
4. Facilitating Western Access to O’Hare Airport
Providing meaningful access to O’Hare from the western suburbs will transform the region—saving $145M in travel delays; creating over 13,000 jobs annually during the project; boost local tax revenues by $29M annually; and most important, lay the groundwork for the creation of 65,000 jobs by 2040.
In 2017, the Illinois Tollway opened a second stretch of road on Illinois Route 390 from I-290 to Illinois Route 83. This means that Illinois Route 390 now connects from Lake Street (U.S. Route 20) to Illinois Route 83. The completion of this project opens the opportunity to build a bypass that would connect I-90 and I-294. Choose DuPage will continue to work with the Illinois Tollway and DuPage County towards the completion of this critical bypass, and ultimately on delivering meaningful access to O’Hare.
In addition to these successes, we’ve also welcomed many new businesses to DuPage County in 2017:
- Just this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics moved into their new, five-story, 183,000 square-foot office building in Itasca, bringing 455 new jobs to DuPage.
- Rexnord Corporation re-committed to Downers Grove after a national search for their aerospace headquarters. The company will redevelop its existing site and build an additional 248,000 square-foot facility expected to be completed by 2019.
- Amita Health signed a 10-year lease for 225,000 square-feet of office space in the Navistar Campus in Lisle. This new headquarters location will bring 1,100 jobs to DuPage County.
Together, these projects and many others have contributed to the prosperity of DuPage County in 2017. As we celebrate our success, and cross over the bridge into an even better 2018, we remember that everything we do is for the people, the place, the prosperity of DuPage.
John A. Carpenter
President & CEO
Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance
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