News Archive


Lake County needs input from the business community to ensure that local transportation needs are met. Weigh in with your thoughts online through this simple survey. 


Find updates on recent TMA of Lake Cook meetings, ways to save money, local events and more in this spring transportation update. 


This new simple-to-use online guide can help your business understand how to get started in the Village of Deerfield. 


Business growth depends on safe, smart and reliable electricity infrastructure and, as seen in this video, ComEd’s services help Lake County companies meet their needs. 


Congratulations to Lake County-based Horizon Pharma for being recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the top 25 places to work in the region! 


Booming business Rust-Oleum has announced the company’s plans to expand its facility in Lake County to accommodate an additional 108 workstations. 


Showcase your company’s STEM ideas & technology at this Innovation Fair at the College of Lake County on May 4th. 


More than 350 students recently had the opportunity to meet with nearly 20 participating employers at the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus to pursue job opportunities in a variety of manufacturing fields. Click here to learn more about how the Workforce Ecosystem is connecting Lake County businesses to a pipeline of talent. 


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has announced plans to invest $50 million to construct an innovation and research park on its campus in North Chicago. Learn more about the anticipated economic impact here. 


Nearly 4,300 Lake County businesses have participated in ComEd’s Energy Efficiency program, resulting in $24.2 million in business incentives. Learn more about how your business can benefit from local energy initiatives in this fact sheet.


Lake County's population is holding the line, likely due to a strong mix of assets including jobs, housing and schools. See how Lake County differs from its neighbors in this recent News-Sun article. 


Get to know our new President & CEO, Kevin Considine, in this Q & A with the Chicago Tribune. 


Register to join the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce for a networking luncheon on April 27th and get insights from Lake County Partners’ new President & CEO Kevin Considine as he discusses the future of business in Lake County. 


Check out our latest newsletter for highlights on recent economic development stories related to transportation, career development, municipal services, the Millennial generation in Lake County and more!


The Lake County Partners Board has named Managing Director Kevin Considine as new President & CEO as Michael Stevens accepts a position in Columbus, Ohio after 5 years with the organization.


Lake County high schools are again among the best in the nation. See the latest rankings here.


The high number of people both living and working in Lake County is a testament to the high quality of life, as illustrated in this News Sun article. 


Our latest economic update finds that Lake County commuters are ditching their cars and enjoying shorter commute times than those in more urban areas! 


ComEd has been recognized as "Best in Class," and the company plays a major role in Illinois' competitive energy market, where businesses can rely on smart grid infrastructure and extensive energy efficiency programs. 


As the Millennial generation comes of age, the pendulum is set to swing back to the suburbs. For those taking a long-term view to workforce development and location strategy, our President & CEO Michael Stevens offers a few trends to note before counting the suburbs out. 


See why our President & CEO Michael Stevens expects to see a major shift in Millennial migration to Lake County in the coming years in our latest press release.


We're forecasting continued growth in Lake County in 2017! Read more about the local economy in our latest economic update. 


The New York Times reports that urban cities have reached their peak in attracting Millennials, and the generation is now seeking the suburbs.


We’re proud to be a part of workforce development in Illinois, a state that was recently recognized as among the top in the field by Site Selection Magazine.  


Learn about how a recent grant from JP Morgan Chase has enabled us to assist Lake County businesses such as Mundelein-based Amcor with workforce needs. 


The Village of Libertyville is  successfully creating the city vibe in the suburbs, with an active and competitive social scene.


Lake County-headquartered Zebra Technologies is capitalizing on changes in the retail industry & offering innovative solutions for traditional department stores.


The Village of Buffalo Grove is embarking on a market study to plan for future economic growth in the Lake Cook corridor. 


More than 160 students from 13 colleges and nearly 30 Lake County businesses participated in the 1st annual Engineering Internship & Career Fair that we co-hosted with the College of Lake County. Learn more about this unique event here. 


See how the Mundelein Park and Recreation District is fostering fitness and fun in Lake County in the latest issue of Illinois Parks and Recreation Magazine.


Get insights into the favorable economic development trends in Lake County from our President & CEO, Michael Stevens, in this recent Chicago Tribune article. 


More than 160 students and nearly 30 Lake County businesses recently gathered for the first annual Lake County Engineering Internship and Career Fair sponsored by Lake County Partners and the College of Lake County. Click here to learn more about the successful event.


The suburbs are outstripping cities in population growth, accounting for 91% of population growth over the past 15 years.


Click here to read our latest e-newsletter, with insights into recent economic development success stories in Lake County. 


Lake County-headquartered AbbVie has announced a partnership with Northwestern University to collaborate on cancer research.


Click here for an inside glimpse at the industries that fuel Lake County’s local economy!


Two high schools in Lake County have been recognized as being among the best in the country by Niche! 


The latest resource guide from the U.S. Small Business Administration is now online! 


Vyaire Medical, a newly formed medical device maker, has selected an 88,000 sq. ft. office space in Lake County for the company’s headquarters.


A complete listing of Lake County’s top companies is now available in info-sheet format!


Congratulations to the many Lake County-based businesses that have made the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces of 2016 List, based on employee satisfaction surveys!


Click here for in-depth look at ways to prevent turnover with young professionals in the Health Care industry. 


High-tech manufacturing is a promising career path in the state, and in Lake County. 


Major investments at Innovation Park in Libertyville have resulted in a workspace that gives employees an abundance of amenities.


A number of schools in Lake County have once again ranked in the top in the state, with the large majority of students exceeding standards and demonstrating college and career readiness. 


Manufacturing is booming in Lake County and bringing high quality jobs along with it. Jobs have grown 15% since 2010 and are expected to grow another 4% by 2020. 


Those who track economics, jobs and community vitality know that Lake County is home to vibrant careers and an unparalleled quality of life. 


Illinois’ economic growth depends on safe & reliable electricity, and ComEd delivers by providing businesses with cost savings, speed and modern technology. 


A new report estimates that the suburbs will draw at least 80 percent of the coming wave of new households.


Illinois continues to have lower electricity costs for businesses than in the state of Wisconsin, where they now pay an average of 13% more for electricity than in other Midwest states.


Our partner municipalities had lots of deal making activity at our ICSC booth at Navy Pier this year!


If you’re a manufacturer looking to expand your global sales, the ExporTech program can help you get started. 


Congratulations to Noise Barriers, LLC for receiving the Lake County Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Alliance for Industry & Manufacturing. To learn more about Noise Barriers, watch this video. 


Did you know that our quarterly e-newsletter also provides you with insight into local economic indicators? 


Our latest e-newsletter is out, with updates on the Workforce Ecosystem, recent investments in STEM education, an event geared towards preparing Lake County's future workforce and more. Read it here!


See how the College of Lake County can help you improve your IT skills and begin or enhance your career.


World-class Healthcare in Your Backyard: Advocate Condell Medical Center has received the highest possible rating in the Federal Government’s Hospital Compare Annual Study.


WalletHub has recognized a number of Lake County municipalities as being the best places within the state for jobs. See which communities made the list here.  


Top-Ranking Schools Nationwide: Mundelein High School has invested $23.8 million in a new wing that includes a lab dedicated to furthering students’ education in STEM.


Even among Millennials, people moving from cities to the suburbs outnumbered those who went in the opposite direction.


We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Governors. They’ll join a fantastic list of leaders that help guide our organization. 


The Illinois DCEO Trade and Export Promotion Program (ISTEP) has four options to help grow your export sales.  


Northwestern Medicine has opened a new Immediate Care Center in Vernon Hills. Learn more here. 


Round Lake High School is seeking local entrepreneurs and business experts for their new Business Incubator Program. See how you can help Lake County youth gain experience here.


Our Q2 newsletter is now live! Check it out for stories on the Big Event, Millennials in Lake County, the Workforce Ecosystem and economic development activities in Lake Zurich, Round Lake and Libertyville. 


A young professional in Lake County provides tips to advance your career in the latest issue of the Lake County Workforce Development Department newsletter.


Congratulations to the Daily Herald Business Ledger for being named the Best Small Circulation Tabloid for 2 consecutive years by the Alliance of Area Business Publications.


Entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for information to create, operate, or expand can find resources in the new "Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook.” 


Our partners at Lake County captured our recent Big Event on film. Watch the video here. 


Welcome to our two new staff members, Bethany Williams and Laura Naselli!


The Daily Herald recapped our recent successful Big Event. Here's what they said about Lake County’s largest gathering of business and community leaders.


You can now read our new Annual Report online and learn about our work and recent economic development successes in Lake County. 


Click here to see the latest photos from our Big Event!


Lake County continues to be home to 11 Fortune 500 company headquarters. See the latest list here.


Big Event Keynote Speaker Joel Kotkin shared his thoughts on how Lake County is positioned for future economic development success in a recent WBEZ interview. Listen to it here. 


As our President & CEO Michael Stevens notes in this letter to Crain's Chicago Business, Millennials are moving beyond their just-out-of-college years and want a safe, stable environment to start a family. On all counts, Lake County delivers.


At our recent Big Event, attendees learned why Lake County is poised for future success. Read an overview in the Chicago Tribune. 


The Village of Mundelein has introduced a new interactive map to help you shop local on Hawley Street. 


Non-motorized travel is a high priority in Lake County, and there are over 60 miles of bike paths and bike lanes within the Lake County highway system.


If you missed the recent Lake County Green event, you can see what happened in this quick video.


Get an inside peek of the recent Small Business Success in Lake County event held at the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center and sponsored by Lake County Partners in this quick video. 


The success of our Big Event is owed to our investors and event sponsors. See who is sponsoring and attending this year. 


According to the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report, 9 of the top 30 high schools in the state are located in Lake County! 


The Daily Herald reported on the anticipated success of our upcoming Big Event. Read the article here. 


We are anticipating a record-breaking, sold-out crowd of 600 business and community leaders at our Big Event on June 3rd! Learn more in our latest press release. 


Lake County-headquartered AbbVie has acquired startup Stemcentrx in a deal worth over $10 billion to advance the company's oncology pipeline. 


Congratulations to Metro Chicago Exports for being recognized with an Edie Award from ComEd, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce & the Illinois Economic Development Association!


Lake County-headquartered Abbott Laboratories has acquired St. Jude Medical to expand the company's cardiovascular offerings and continue to be a global industry leader. 


The College of Lake County has approved an agreement with Lake County Partners to recruit and retain businesses. Learn more about this partnership here. 


See why Valent BioSciences has chosen to invest $22 million in a cutting-edge Global Innovation Center here in Lake County. 


Valent BioSciences Corporation has announced plans to construct a new 85,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Biorational Research Center at Innovation Park in Libertyville.


Check out this new video overview of the recent Leaders Summit to see how the strong workforce ecosystem in Lake County is powering the local economy!


Did you know that Loyola University offers a 10% tuition reduction for employees of partner companies? Learn how your business can utilize the Educational Partnership Program here.


Get the latest news on the Big Event, the Business Outreach Program and more in our latest issue of the Economic Developments newsletter!


Registration is now open for our Big Event, to be held at the Lincolnshire Marriott on June 3rd! Click here to attend this huge gathering of business & community leaders.


Illinois’ economic growth depends on safe, reliable electricity delivery. Get the facts behind ComEd’s low-cost service and business incentives in this new info sheet.


Lake County-based MBX Systems recently announced that their custom server appliance business had a strong 2015 marked by new technical capabilities. Learn more about their success here.


Lake County Partners responds to a Globe St. article regarding Lake County's affordability, citing the organization's work on the Leadership Lake County initiative and the Municipal Economic Development Advisory Group. 


thredUP has expanded its operations through the company's lease of a 145,000 sq. ft. facility in Vernon Hills that will bring 300 jobs to Lake County! More on this local economic development success story is here.


Since 2008, over 4,000 Lake County businesses have participated in ComEd “Smart Ideas for Your Business” programs, which has resulted in over $20.7 million in total business incentives. Learn more about the program here.


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