Press Release

Regional Leaders Meet to Discuss Economy

For Immediate Release – On March 23, 2017, political and economic leaders of the Counties of Cook, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, along with the City of Chicago, met to discuss the regional economy at the biannual Chicago Regional Growth Initiative meeting. The Chicago Regional Growth Initiative first met in December 2013 to determine ways the Chicagoland region can work together to compete in the global economy.  The regional initiatives has resulted in the creation of Metro Chicago Exports, an unprecedented non-profit organization collaboration between the seven counties to increase exports from small and medium-sized companies.  Future initiatives include ways to increase foreign direct investment within the region.

Kendall County hosted the meeting at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. Kendall County Chairman Scott Gryder welcomed attendees to the County and provided highlights of Kendall County’s economy.  Brian Pardo of Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., spoke about the company’s philosophy to make products within in the markets where the products are purchased. Their recent plant expansion in Yorkville made way for a new Skittles line and resulted in more than $50 million, adding 145,000 square feet, and over 75 new jobs.


From left to right: Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief of Cook County Economic Development; Jeff Wilkins, Kendall County Administrator; John Greuling, President and CEO Will County Center of Economic Development; Scott Gryder, Kendall County Chairman; Larry Walsh, Will County Executive; Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County President; Pam Cumpata, President and CEO of McHenry County EDC; Kevin Considine, President and CEO Lake County Partners; Joe Szabo, Executive Director of CMAP; Mark Vankerkoff, Kane County Director of Development and Community Services; Ed Sitar, ComEd Economic and Business Development Manager; and Jeff Malehorn, World Business Chicago President
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