Elk Grove Village is reaping the rewards of its efforts to be known as the most business friendly community in the U.S. With commercial development totaling $145 million in value and a 6.2% industrial vacancy rate — down by over 50% from a high of 12.49% in 2010 — the Village is experiencing a surge of business development activity.
Written by: Anna Marie Kukec, Daily Herald
Wearable technology, more connections with your house and car, and faster speeds continue to dominate the hottest technologies expected in the new year, according to suburban tech experts.
As more police officers explore the use of wearable cameras in the aftermath of turmoil in various cities this year, and consumers continue to seek new ways to do old tasks, it’s easy to see how sensors and other devices will become more prominent.
Developing Manufacturing Career PathsThe Metro West Manufacturing Workforce Collaboration is an initiative established to develop manufacturing career paths for unemployed and underemployed people. Over the next ten years, DuPage County manufacturers will need to replace 9,000 retiring employees. The need for this initiative is both urgent and important. This workforce initiative was created with support of DuPage County, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM), North Business & Industrial Council (NORBIC), Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) and Career Connect DuPage. Continue reading
Written by: Amy Liu and Benjamin Sio, www.brookings.edu
As the third year of the Global Cities Initiative draws to a close, it is time to take stock of what we’ve learned from the 12 metropolitan areas that have adopted metro export initiatives and another eight that will soon release their plans.