Q2 2018 Economic Developments Newsletter

The Lake County Partners Quarterly E-Newsletter: June 2018

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Hundreds Celebrate 20 Years of Lake County Partners at The Big Event

Lake County Partners recently brought together hundreds of business and civic leaders at the “Big Event” to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary and recognize its role in driving economic growth in Lake County. Thanks to the support of event sponsors, the program was packed with tools to deliver business success. Robert Safian, the former Editor at Fast Company magazine and current Editor and Managing Director of The Flux Group, presented an inspiring keynote address, and attendees also received insights from Mesirow Financial’s Sumit Desai and County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.  For a full event recap, click here to read the press release, here to read the Daily Herald’s takeaways, and here to watch the video short from Lake County government.

Congratulations to Workforce Ecosystem Talent Innovator Award Winner HydraForce

At the Big Event, Lincolnshire-based HydraForce, a manufacturer of the highest quality hydraulic cartridge valves, manifolds and electro-hydraulic controls for the heavy equipment and material handling industries, was presented with the inaugural Lake County Workforce Ecosystem Talent Innovator Award.  The company has nearly 1,000 local employees and has worked with the partners in the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem to creatively address their talent needs as they have experienced tremendous growth in Lake County. To learn more about how companies such as HydraForce benefit from the Lake County Workforce Ecosystem, click here.

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New Annual Report Showcases Business Success in Lake County

Lake County Partners recently published its 2017 Annual Report—a publication which reflects on the organization’s 20th anniversary and recapped Lake County’s recent economic development success stories. Click here to read it and see the many reasons why Lake County continues to be the premier location for business.

Pharma Company Depomed Chooses to Move Headquarters to Lake County

Newark, California-based pharmaceutical company, Depomed, has announced its decision to relocate the company headquarters to the Landmark Conway Farms complex in Lake Forest, which also houses Abbott Nutrition and Horizon Pharma. The new headquarters will house approximately 70 employees, many of whom will be new local hires. Arthur Higgins, the company’s president and CEO, noted that the Lake County location supports Depomed’s strategy to become more entrepreneurial, puts the company in close proximity to a growing number of specialty pharmaceutical companies and provides access to the talent needed to take the business to the next level. Depomed expects to be operational in Lake County by this summer. The company markets medicines to treat neuropathic pain and migraines.

Lake County Partners Joins State Leaders on European Business Outreach Visit

Lake County Partners president and CEO Kevin Considine recently traveled overseas to Germany and Poland with Governor Bruce Rauner and other state leaders on a business outreach trip organized by Intersect Illinois, the state’s job creation agency. Click here to see what the delegation accomplished during their 2,283-mile journey. The delegates journeyed 2,283 miles during the trip, and they spent an average of 14 hours each day visiting businesses including Vetter Pharma, Faber-Castell, Fresenius Kabi and Continental Automotive, among others. While abroad, the group met with over 250 corporate leaders who represent companies that have recently announced over $800 million investment in Illinois. This mission was an important opportunity to personally connect with policy makers and business leaders who have a vested interest in Lake County and future economic development opportunities. See a detailed itinerary and trip summary here.

Municipal Investors Continue to Benefit from Lake County Partners’ Services

Lake County Partners’ municipal investors have many upcoming opportunities to network, receive insights from top professionals and meet with site selectors, brokers and developers. The next quarterly Municipal Economic Development Advisory Group meeting will be held on July 16th at the University Center of Lake County and will feature economic development insights from AECOM and the Vernon Area Public Library District.

In October, Lake County Partners will feature a lunch tour of the new Baxter Innovation Lab at the College of Lake County and host a booth for municipalities at the International Council of Shopping Centers Chicago Deal Making Show. Additional meeting details will be sent by email to municipal contacts prior to each event. To learn more about how to take advantage of these opportunities, contact Economic Development Director Barbara Prusila at bprusila@lakecountypartners.com or 847-597-1230.

Thank You to Our Board of Governors

Lake County Partners benefits from the dynamic leadership and support provided by our Board of Governors. We would like to recognize outgoing Board Members Jesse Peterson Hall and Rich Haney for their service and dedication and announce the addition of several new members to our Board of Governors: Jennifer Harris, Chair of the Lake County Workforce Development Board and Founder and President of CR Search Inc., John P. Pelissero, PhD, Provost and Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, and Lori Suddick, Ed.D., President of the College of Lake County. Get to know our new members: 

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris is Founder and President of CR Search Inc, an Executive Search firm based in Gurnee, Illinois.  She started her career as a multi-million-dollar producer and then worked her way up to COO and Managing Director roles with local and then global recruiting firms.  Prior to starting her own business in 2013, Jennifer was the Managing Director of the Chicago office for the Mergis Group/Randstad Professionals, one of the largest staffing firms in the world. 

Jennifer joined the Lake County Workforce Development Board out of a strong passion and desire to serve her community by offering her expertise on workforce issues.  Serving on the Workforce Board for over six years, Jennifer has demonstrated her drive and commitment to enhance the role of the Board and the workforce system in the community. Jennifer was elected to the leadership team of the Board as Secretary, Vice Chair, and in 2016 was elected Chairwoman.  Jennifer is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

John Pelissero, PhD

John P. Pelissero, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, having joined the faculty in 1985. He served as chairperson of the Department of Political Science from 1999–2002. From 2003 to 2018, Dr. Pelissero served in University leadership roles in the Office of the Provost.  He was named Provost in May 2010 and served in the position until July 2015, when he was appointed Interim President of the University. In August 2016, he resumed his role as Provost. As the University's Chief Academic Officer, he led academic affairs, including two colleges, seven schools, two institutes, the University Centers of Excellence, and University Libraries. He was responsible for enrollment management, research, and strategic planning, as well as oversight of the Division of Student Development. He was a member of the President's Cabinet, the Council of Deans, the Academic and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees, and the Budget Review Team.

Dr. Pelissero earned his BA in political science from Marquette University in 1975. He holds a MA in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1983. He was a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University from 1983–85. Prior to beginning his academic career, he was a Captain in the U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps, serving on active duty from 1979-1983.

His academic specializations include urban politics and management, state politics, and intergovernmental relations. He has published dozens of articles in political science journals and two books--Managing Urban America, 8th ed., Washington: CQ Press, 2016 (with Robert E. England and David R. Morgan), and Cities, Politics and Policy: A Comparative Analysis, Washington: CQ Press, 2003.

Dr. Pelissero is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the City Club of Chicago, The College Board, the Illinois Advisory Council for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the American Political Science Association. He previously served as a director or trustee on the boards of Loyola University Chicago; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; the John Felice Rome Center Foundation Board; and The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies.  He was president of the board of education for Skokie School District 73.5. He also served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Midwest Political Science Association. He has been inducted into several academic honor societies, including Alpha Sigma Nu, Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Lori Suddick, Ed.D.

Dr. Lori Suddick brings 18 years of experience working in two-year college leadership and faculty roles to the College of Lake County, where she began serving as President on May 1, 2018.

From 2009 to April 2018, Dr. Suddick served as Vice President of Learning and Chief Academic Officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, a designated Leader College of Achieving the Dream. In this role, she provided inspirational and strategic leadership to build a culture for equitable student success outcomes and solutions for workforce and economic development. She has presented at the national and state level on multiple topics including student success, integrated advising, systemic engagement of faculty, K12 partnerships, flexible adult learning and alignment of credentials with the labor market needs. Dr. Suddick was one of 40 exceptional leaders selected to the 2016-2017 inaugural Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

Dr. Suddick is engaged in national initiatives focused on advancing student success, including the American Association of Community College’s Guided Pathways project and the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success project through Achieving the Dream. She co-led the NWTC Frontier Set Network effort, a select group of colleges and universities committed to increasing educational attainment while eliminating achievement disparities across race and socioeconomic status.

At NWTC, Dr. Suddick provided visionary leadership on multiple cross-functional college-wide teams responsible for the design and implementation of full-scale high impact practices for student success. She led transformative student success efforts across three campuses, five regional learning centers, four specialty centers and four regional technical academies in a five-county district. She is experienced in building innovative and collaborative community partnerships with K12, universities and industry, spearheading cross-organizational initiatives to address the talent pipeline for the region. She served on multiple boards for local organizations involved in education and workforce development and oversaw the strategic development of credentials that offer both transfer opportunities for students and align with regional workforce needs. She demonstrated progress in strategic priorities in a fiscally responsible design fostering a growth mind-set within a revenue-constrained environment.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Suddick is passionate about the power of education in transforming the lives of individuals. She is committed to empowering and mobilizing talent within a high performing, innovative and purpose-driven organization that is responsive to its community ensuring every student completes within its student-ready inclusive environment.



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