Q1 2015 Economic Developments

The Lake County Partners Quarterly E-Newsletter: Q1 2015

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Join Us for Lake County Partners’ Big Event on Wednesday, March 4th

Join hundreds of business and community leaders as we collectively work towards strengthening, sustaining and leveraging Lake County’s business assets at our upcoming Big Event on Wednesday, March 4th at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, located at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire.

Breakfast and networking will begin in the Grand Marquee Pavilion at 7:15 a.m. and the program will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. This year, we are delighted to present a program focused on specific ways that our many stakeholders can work together to expand Lake County’s economy.

Mesirow Financial’s Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director Diane Swonk will provide attendees with an economic outlook for 2015, and Keynote Speaker Mark Lautman will expand on these themes during his discussion on recruiting, retaining and growing talent. As author of the book When the Boomers Bail, Mark is specifically equipped to address the talent attraction and development strategies that are now the cutting edge of economic development practice.

Lake County Partners would like to take this opportunity to thank our Gold Level Investors for their support for the Big Event. Click here to view all of Lake County Partners' Big Event sponsors.

Event registration is now open and there are several sponsorship opportunities remaining. To learn more about the Big Event and sign up to attend, please visit the event webpage.

Municipal Workshop Announcement

In  partnership with Power Up Now, Lake County Partners will provide a complimentary hour-long interactive workshop with Keynote Speaker Mark Lautman immediately following the main event at the Lincolnshire Marriott that is open to economic development staff from all of the municipalities in Lake County.

This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn new ways to think about, integrate and execute a hybrid economic-workforce and community development strategy by providing a continuum of new program innovations including:

Space is limited for this workshop and advance RSVP is required. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. To sign up to attend, please email contact details to Office Manager Rita Lumadue at rlumadue@lakecountypartners.com as soon as possible. Our thanks go to Power Up Now for their sponsorship of the event. 

Please note that if you would like to attend the Big Event programming prior to the workshop, you must register online at www.lakecountypartners.com. If you are not planning to attend the Big Event and wish to exclusively attend this workshop, please plan to arrive at the Lincolnshire Marriott by 9:45 a.m.

Lake County Partners Expands Its Municipal Investor Services

Beginning this year, Lake County Partners will host a quarterly workshop series for our municipal investors with the goal of providing a forum for discussion and information on themed topics of interest that will assist communities in their economic development efforts. Staff is in the process of setting a calendar for the workshops, and our municipal investors can expect to receive correspondence with the details shortly. In addition, Lake County Partners will be enhancing its reporting capabilities to provide municipalities with the timely data and other information needed to make strategic economic development decisions.

For advance details on Lake County Partners’ expanded municipal services, please contact Economic Development Manager Barbara Prusila at bprusila@lakecountypartners.com or 847-597-1230.

Included within this effort is a complimentary municipal workshop with Keynote Speaker Mark Lautman to be held immediately following the Big Event on March 4th. Advance RSVP is required; for additional workshop details, see the article above.

Lake County Partners Collaborates with the Workforce Investment Board to Address the Skills Gap in Lake County

In the last issue of Economic Developments, we announced our partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Lake County (WIB) to help local companies address their recruiting needs and the skills gap in Lake County. Those projects range from tactically addressing short-term needs to strategically building a talent pipeline. Beyond talent strategies, our Outreach Team is helping businesses plan for expansion, consolidation and other long-term planning needs.

We are in the process of strategically reaching out to Lake County businesses in our targeted industry sectors: Precision Manufacturing, BioPharma/Life Sciences and Technology and Healthcare. In particular, we are focusing on those companies that have between 15 and 350 employees.

If you would like to participate in advance of hearing from us, or if you have questions regarding the program, please contact Managing Director Kevin Considine at kconsidine@lakecountypartners.com or 847-597-1226. Alternatively, you may visit our new Business Outreach Program webpage to learn more and enter your information and request at: https://www.lakecountypartners.com/index.php/about-us/business-outreach

We look forward to continuing to provide updates on this important program throughout the year.

Lake County Partners Thanks David Stolman, Pat Carey and Others for Their Time on the Board of Governors and Operations Committee

We wish to recognize and thank outgoing Board of Governors members Pat Carey and David Stolman for their many contributions to our organization. Both members have tirelessly supported economic development efforts in Lake County and have assisted us with accomplishing our mission to consistently strengthen the county’s economic vitality. Their noteworthy leadership, insight and commitment will be sincerely missed.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome new members Chuck Bartels and S. Michael Rummel to the Lake County Partners Board of Governors. Chuck is joining the Board again after having previously served on the Board from 1999-2008, during which time he served as the Vice Chairman from 1999-2000 and as the Chairman from 2001-2002. Most recently, Chuck was elected to serve as a Lake County Board member in the 10th District.

The Board of Governors will also benefit greatly from the experience of our other newest member, S. Michael Rummel. Mike serves as the Lake County Board member for District 12. Mike has dedicated his time to many other community organizations and committees over the years, and he is currently the President of Rummel Associates, an award-winning insurance agency that he has headed since 1978.

Finally, Lake County Partners staff would like to thank the Operations Committee for its ongoing support and direction, recognize outgoing Operations Committee member Dr. K. Michael Welch for serving from 2011-2014, and welcome new Operations Committee members:

A New Initiative Promoting the Benefits of Life in Lake County Launches: Lake County Life

More than 150 local leaders recently convened in Gurnee for the Lake County Leaders Summit, where Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County Forest Preserves Board President Ann Maine reported on the significant progress being made on several large county projects related to transportation, safety, recreation and quality of life.

Lake County Life, an exciting countywide initiative promoting the many benefits of life in Lake County, was also unveiled at the Leaders Summit with the debut of this new video highlighting our county’s commendable statistics:

Our organization is proud to have participated in the development of this ground-breaking initiative, and we look forward to working with our partners at Lake County, the Lake County Forest Preserves District, the Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and Visit Lake County to continue to build on and support this collaborative effort.

Loyola University Chicago to Host Business Breakfast at the Cuneo Mansion on March 10th

The Office of Corporate Engagement at Loyola University Chicago invites Lake County business leaders to a complimentary breakfast on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, located at 1350 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.  Attendees will learn about business trends from Loyola University Chicago’s world-class faculty, discover the University’s continuing education and graduate degree programs, and hear about customizable company programs. The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Please click here to RSVP and contact corporate@luc.edu with any questions.

Naval Station Great Lakes to Host Upcoming “Breakfast with the Boss” on March 11th

The Illinois Committee - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will hold a “Breakfast with the Boss” event at the Naval Station Great Lakes Port O' Call Conference and Banquet Center, located at 610 Farragut Avenue in Great Lakes, Illinois, on Wednesday, March 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. There will also be an optional tour of the Boatswain's Mate 'A' School Trainer, USS WHITEHAT, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. that same day.

This event will give local employers the opportunity to witness the hard work and unique skills displayed by the service members of the Navy Reserve. A number of guest speakers will present, and a detailed itinerary will be distributed to those that RSVP to Nancy Dupont at 847-688-6946 or nancy.dupont@navy.mil in advance of the event. Please note that registration is required by February 26th to ensure security access.



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