News Archive

10/27/2017

We’re proud to welcome Pat Eaves-Heard from Nicor Gas & Dr. Rich Haney from the College of Lake County to our esteemed Board of Directors. 

10/26/2017

In this latest Workforce Brief from our partners at the Lake County Workforce Development Department, our Strategy and Intelligence Manager Bethany Williams notes that Lake County is noteworthy for its deep talent pool, and local companies can easily work with agencies like ours to tap into it. 

10/24/2017

We've had a busy quarter of economic development activity in Lake County! Get the latest updates on young professionals, Lake County's booming manufacturing and healthcare industries, local business expansions and re-locations, retail vacancy rates and more in our latest newsletter.

10/24/2017

SGS, a leading bio/pharmaceutical analytical and bioanalytical contract solutions provider, has chosen to expand its Lincolnshire facility to 58,000 sq. ft.—an investment that is expected to increase capacity by 50% and create new jobs to accommodate a wider range of services. 

10/23/2017

In 2017, over 200 youth participants gained valuable work experience at 38 sites across the county as part of Lake County’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Learn more about this important investment in the next generation of Lake County’s workforce here.

10/19/2017

The Lake County Promise means access to global industry leaders such as Lake County-headquartered Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Labs, where company treatment of working mothers is award-winning.

10/19/2017

Congratulations to the many Lake County-headquartered companies recently recognized among the top 25 most innovative by Crain’s Chicago Business. 

10/12/2017

Lake County now ranks sixth out of 102 counties in Illinois for health outcomes, and the healthcare sector currently employs nearly 27,000 workers—a number that is expected to grow 6.4% by 2020. In this new Economic Update, we examine how state-of-the-art facilities and technology coupled with excellent employment opportunities in the healthcare field are positively impacting the Lake County economy. 

10/11/2017

The suburbs are the new city center, and young professionals know it. Bloomberg reports on how Lake County's amenity-filled offices, affordability and top-ranked schools are luring in young talent. 

10/11/2017

Congratulations to mobile services provider Brightstar Corp. for announcing the company's decision to locate its headquarters and 340 employees at Innovation Park Lake County in Libertyville!

10/11/2017

Medical instrument manufacturer Nypro recently celebrated its decision to add 60 jobs and double the size of its Gurnee facility to more than 170,000 sq. ft. to accommodate a Class 8 clean room, 45 injection molding machines and industry-leading innovation for product development and design! 

09/27/2017

Manufacturing is surging in Lake County, and as Crain's Chicago Business reports, it's largely a result of our strong talent, concentration of medical device companies, and "curb appeal". 

09/26/2017

Our latest Economic Update finds that retail vacancies in Lake County have hit a ten-year low as many retail storefronts find new ways to stay relevant in the changing consumer landscape. 

09/18/2017

We're excited to welcome our new Business Engagement Director, Dru Garcia, to the team! Get to know Dru here, and click here to schedule an appointment with her to tap into our business outreach services.

09/18/2017

Lake County Partners is moving! We'll still be your partner in business, we'll just be in another Lake County location while serving you. Our new offices will be located at 1 Overlook Point, Suite 280, Lincolnshire, 60069.

09/11/2017

Outdoor power equipment giant Echo Inc. has chosen to expand the company’s corporate headquarters in Lake Zurich to 585,000 sq. ft. Get the project details here.

09/08/2017

Congratulations to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science on its Innovation & Research Park groundbreaking! Take an exciting digital tour of the facility here and read more about the project in this press release.

09/06/2017

Several female Lake County business leaders, including Lake County Partners Board Member Libby Brunsvold of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, are teaming up to discuss ways to open doors and opportunities for women through the 3.8 program. Learn more about how the program will provide education, networking and support to create a pipeline of boardroom-ready female talent here.

08/28/2017

Gurnee Mills has announced that $6 million will be invested in the property to enhance the visitor experience. Get a glimpse of the new project here.

08/15/2017

The Lake County Promise guarantees top-ranking schools. Congratulations to Adlai E. Stevenson High School for being listed as one of the top three public high schools in the United States!

08/07/2017

Great Wolf Lodge will invest $65 million to transform their new property in the Village of Gurnee. Get a sneak peek on the project here. 

08/01/2017

Congratulations to Sysmex America for the company's recent expansion of its reagent manufacturing facility in the Village of Mundelein! Sysmex America has exhibited double-digit growth in recent years, and this $24 million investment will almost double the square footage of the facility and increase production capacity by 80%. Read the full press release here.

07/28/2017

Congratulations to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago for receiving a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance breakthrough research on neurological repair.
 

07/28/2017

Tourism drove $1.3 billion in spending and created 10,790 jobs in Lake County in 2016. Our latest economic update shows why crowds from across the region are still flocking to Lake County attractions and events to check off summer bucket lists. 

07/24/2017

Congratulations to young entrepreneur and SmartHealth Activator co-founder, Tianyi Joe Zhu, for being among the distinguies award recipients of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. Click here to learn more about how SmartHealth has partnered with Rosalind Franklin University to pursue a $50 million Biotech Innovation Park. 

07/12/2017

Our latest e-newsletter is live, with updates on our Big Event, the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem, Millennials in the suburbs, recent business re-locations and expansions and more. Click here to enjoy it!

07/11/2017

Special thanks to our partners at Lake County for capturing the essence of our recent Big Event in this video overview. 

06/30/2017

Talent was a fitting theme for this year's Big Event, as over 500 business and community leaders gathered for insights on county initiatives, macro-economic trends and demographic insights. Learn more in our press release.

06/30/2017

See how the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem is helping businesses meet their needs in this Growing the Talent Economy video, recently unveiled at our Big Event. 

06/30/2017

Get a fresh economic outlook from Mesirow Financial's Sumit L. Desai in this recent presentation from the Big Event.

06/28/2017

Active military and veterans in search of employment are invited to attend this Roll Call event in North Chicago on July 11th. 

06/28/2017

The economic incentives and minimal price increases for energy are just a few reasons why businesses choose to locate in Illinois. Learn more in this fact sheet from our partners at ComEd.

06/28/2017

Our new Annual Report is now online, with stories from local professionals that perfectly illustrate why talent sets Lake County apart when it comes to doing business. 

06/26/2017

If you missed the Big Event or just want to relive it, check out our photo gallery of over 500 business and civic leaders networking and tuning in to a locally-tailored, inspiring program. 

06/26/2017

Big Event Keynote Speaker Matt Carmichael covered 25 trends in 25 minutes highlighting the demographic and consumer trends defining Lake County today. Click here to review his presentation. 

06/26/2017

The Lake County News-Sun and Daily Herald joined us for this year's Big Event and they had a lot of positive, interesting takeaways! 

06/16/2017

There is a lot to see & do in Lake County for all ages this summer, and we're proud to work with our partners at Visit Lake County to enhance & promote it. 

06/15/2017

With Caterpillar's announcement of the company's upcoming move to Deerfield, this year's Fortune 500 List features 12 Lake County-based headquarters! 

06/14/2017

Congratulations to silicone medical device manufacturer Flexan for choosing to call a 70,000-sq. ft. building in Lake County home for 100 employees!

06/14/2017

Get updates on Metra’s marketing, Dump the Pump Day, a shared-use mobility center and more in this TMA of Lake Cook Summer Transportation Update.

06/08/2017

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor says that our Big Event is a catalyst that brings business, government and non-profit leaders from across Lake County together to cultivate new opportunities to grow our local economy. Learn more about why you should register to attend here.

06/06/2017

The new Baxter Innovation Lab at the College of Lake County will encourage collaboration and development that will enable Lake County to remain competitive in an increasingly global economy.  

06/06/2017

Lake County Partners is a proud sponsor of the BioPathways Entrepreneur Speaker Series at Rosalind Franklin University, bringing together prominent entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists in the biotechnology industry on a monthly basis. 

05/31/2017

Our latest economic update finds that Lake County high schools are award winning, and our students are more likely to graduate and continue their educations. 

05/15/2017

Waukegan High School students recently explored careers in manufacturing with local employers, and they used their graphic design skills to help publicize the event. Click here to read more, or see a video overview here. 

05/02/2017

Registration is now open for our BIG EVENT at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort on June 23rd! Don't miss your chance to be a part of Lake County's single largest gathering of business & civic leaders. 

05/02/2017

Caterpillar's decision to locate its global headquarters in the Village of Deerfield can be seen as a nod to Lake County's deep talent pool and amenity-packed communities.

04/28/2017

Millennials are hitting the housing market, and our new economic update shows that Lake County is ready for them and their preferences.

04/25/2017

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor recently met with Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and our President and CEO Kevin Considine to discuss Caterpillar's announcement that it will be moving its global headquarters to Lake County. Get their insights in this video clip.

04/21/2017

In this Crain's Chicago Business story on the Caterpillar headquarters announcement, Lake County Partners President & CEO Kevin Considine argues that the shift-to-the-city movement has been oversold, as suburban advantages continue to attract businesses and newly formed families.

04/21/2017

As this Chicago Tribune article notes, Caterpillar's decision to locate in Lake County is a reminder that the suburbs compete for tenants because they offer unparalleled amenities. 

04/20/2017

Yet more data suggesting that young homebuyers want the same things as previous generations—those under age 36 are the most likely to purchase in the suburbs. 

04/20/2017

Lake County is proud to welcome Caterpillar, Inc. to the company's new global headquarters in the Village of Deerfield! Read our press release on the news here. 

04/19/2017

Caterpillar, Inc. has announced its decision to move the company's global headquarters to Lake County, in the Village of Deerfield, citing local transportation access and the strong workforce as key factors. Read more about their choice here. 

04/18/2017

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

04/14/2017

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

04/12/2017

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. 

04/10/2017

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! 

03/30/2017

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

03/28/2017

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. 

03/27/2017

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. 

03/27/2017

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.

03/24/2017

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. 

03/23/2017

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

03/14/2017

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!

03/09/2017

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.

03/01/2017

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

02/27/2017

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. 

02/22/2017

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

02/07/2017

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. 

02/03/2017

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. 

01/31/2017

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.

01/31/2017

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

01/27/2017

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

01/24/2017

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.  

01/20/2017

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. 

01/19/2017

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

01/18/2017

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

01/17/2017

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

01/11/2017

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. 

01/11/2017

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.

01/10/2017

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

01/06/2017

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.

12/14/2016

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

12/14/2016

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

12/12/2016

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

12/07/2016

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

11/28/2016

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

11/22/2016

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

11/21/2016

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.

11/21/2016

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

11/18/2016

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!
 

11/18/2016

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

11/10/2016

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

11/09/2016

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

11/07/2016

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. 

11/01/2016

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. 

10/31/2016

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

10/28/2016

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

10/26/2016

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






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