Lake County Partners has convened business, education, workforce development and civic leaders to collaboratively align economic priorities across the region. The new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is an action‐oriented, five‐year economic development strategy that builds on existing efforts and spotlights what’s needed to achieve economic prosperity in Lake County.
FINAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY NOW AVAILABLE
Thank you to all of the stakeholders who helped to shape the CEDS including all those who participated in the Steering Committee, roundtable discussions, interviews, the Opportunity Workshop, or who submitted public comments on the Draft CEDS.
The final CEDS was approved by the Lake County Partners Board of Governors and has been submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for certification.
APPROVALS & ENDORSEMENTS
The CEDS has been approved or endorsed by the following governing Boards:
The Steering Committee members represent leaders across industries – advanced manufacturing, education, healthcare, government, nonprofit and more. Through collaboration, the Steering Committee developed a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. The CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region.
Jeff Adams / Cameron Adams, Laser Precision
Scott Adams, GMLV Chamber
David Alexander, Alexander Law
Rob Anthony, Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Chris Blaylock, Wipfli
Scott Brandwein, JLL
Derrick Burress, Lake County High Schools Tech
Kevin Considine, Lake County Partners
Gabrielle Cummings, NorthShore Highland Park Hospital
Frank Deuel, Comcast
Ken Endress, Naval Station Great Lakes
Mandi Florip, Lake County Municipal League
Dean Glassberg, First Midwest Bank
Trent Gordon, Advocate Aurora
Sandy Hart, Lake County Board
Jim Hawkins, Lake County Administrator’s Office
Richard Korengold, Lake County Partners
Gordon Lamphere, Van Vlissingen
Christina Lechter, AbbVie
Joe Luna, JPMorgan Chase
Steve Madden, Libertyville Bank & Trust
Ann Maine, Lake County Board & Workforce Board
Dominic Marturano, Village of Lindenhurst
John McCann, ComEd
Austin McFarlane, Lake County Public Works
Billy McKinney, City of Zion
Matt Meyers, Lake County Administrator’s Office
Ali O’Brien, College of Lake County
Brenda O’Connell, Lake County Community Development
Dulce Ortiz, Mano a Mano
Mark Pfizter, Lake County Health Department
Frank Plescia, Horizon Therapeutics
John Price, North Chicago Community School District
Wendy Rheault, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
Cheri Richardson, Gorter Family Foundation
Maureen Riedy, Visit Lake County
Shane Schneider, Lake County Division of Transportation
Gina Schuyler, Grayslake High School District
Jennifer Serino, Lake County Workforce Development
Jackie Slaats, Lake Forest College
Brian Stewart, Aerotek
Kent Street, Village of Deerfield
Lori Suddick, College of Lake County
Peggy Talbot, Beacon Place
Jessica Vealitzik, Lake County Board
Eric Waggoner, Lake County Building, Planning &
Andrew Warrington, United Conveyor Corporation
Steve Whittington, LifeWorking Coworking
Andria Winters, CBRE
The CEDS was completed over a two-year period, with stakeholder and community input collected through early 2022.
Lake County Partners (LCP) applies for federal grant to conduct an update to our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Economic Development Administration awards grant to LCP.
- LCP selects TIP Strategies as CEDS consultant.
- Project kickoff.
- Steering Committee begins monthly meetings.
- Conduct stakeholder roundtable discussions.
- Conduct SWOT analysis and develop strategic direction.
- Develop critical site inventory.
- Opportunity workshop.
- Draft CEDS completed.
- Public notice and comment period.
- Comments reviewed and Final CEDS completed.
Q2 – Q4 2022
- Final CEDS presented to and approved by the Lake County Partners Board of Governors, and endorsed by other stakeholder organizations.
- CEDS submitted to EDA for certification.
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