News Archive


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.


Network with local leaders and get the tools that you need to prepare your small business for the future at this Illinois Small Business Development Center workshop on October 11th.


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!


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. 


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.


We're hiring! Check out this fantastic opportunity to join our team and lead the development of relationships with businesses across Lake County as we work to enhance local economic development. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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!


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


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.


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. 


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


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


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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! 


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. 


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


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


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.


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.


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.  


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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