Q3 Economic Developments Newsletter

The Lake County Partners Quarterly E-Newsletter: September 2016

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The Lake County Workforce Ecosystem Expands

The College of Lake County (CLC) Board recently approved a Letter of Intent with Lake County Partners for business retention and recruitment efforts. Through the partnership, Lake County Partners assists businesses with connecting to CLC for training and service needs. To ensure that needs are met, Lake County Partners has expanded its customer relationship management platform, Salesforce.com, to include the Lake County Workforce Development Department and two units at CLC. As a result, the business-facing groups for each organization have access to the same intelligence and can more easily collaborate and effectively assemble joint solutions to business challenges. 

Sharing intelligence and resources across organizational boundaries in this manner is becoming a leading best practice in economic and workforce development, and will fuel further innovation across our “Workforce Ecosystem,” which consists of local workforce stakeholders working together to ensure that local businesses have the talent pipeline that they need to succeed. Through the Business Outreach Program, Lake County Partners staff is available to meet with businesses at their convenience to provide support and facilitate connections with local stakeholders.

To schedule a visit online or learn more, click here

Mundelein High School Invests in STEM Education to Prepare Future Workforce

The Lake County Promise guarantees access in Lake County to top-ranking nationally-recognized schools, and that is certainly illustrated with the new $23.8 million building addition at Mundelein High School. The wing opened in August and features a free-standing STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] Lab, Project Lead the Way [PLTW] instruction and a Business Incubator Lab. It also houses other science classrooms and labs, world language classes, multi-purpose conference rooms, and outdoor gathering areas.

The focus is on preparing students for their futures in the most sought-after career fields available. In planning the building and programs, Mundelein High School administrators worked with area businesses and institutes of higher learning to find the best ways to get students ready for the world in which they will live and work.  

Hands-on collaboration in STEM and PLTW courses, use of mentors and business professionals and contact with college/university programs are all aimed at allowing students to experience different career paths so they can make informed decisions about their futures. “Our goal is to provide students with the skills and experiences to uncover their interests before they leave MHS,” Principal Anthony Kroll explained. According to Science Department Chair David Greenwood, “The hope is that students will become inspired to pursue continuing their education or taking entry level positions in these career areas. Students will have a head start on many of their peers when they enter college or begin their new jobs.” To learn more about Mundelein High School, explore their website or read the school’s profile

Census Data Confirms the Media is Getting It Wrong: Millennials Love the Suburbs

A new study titled “Millennial Myth Buster: Young Americans Do Like the Suburbs,” prepared by commercial real estate group CBRE and based on recent U.S. Census Data, further busts the media-hyped myth that Millennials are flocking to urban cores. The report found that 70% of Millennials are living outside of urban areas and, in recent years, a far greater number of Millennials have moved from cities to the suburbs than in the opposite direction. Interestingly, the study went beyond the scope of Millennials and found that “for every age group tracked by the Census Bureau, more people left cities for the suburbs than did the opposite, and the pattern holds across levels of educational attainment and by profession.”

CBRE finds that these migration trends and patterns support the notion that not all young people prefer the downtown environment. The study indicates that commercial real estate will transcend traditional urban/suburban, generational and professional lines. The data also stands to color future development as there is a clear Millennial preference for suburban areas that blend space and urban characteristics. As young Americans continue to seek affordability, amenities and a place in which to form a family, there will certainly be implications for future developments and investments. Click here to read the study findings and for a more in-depth discussion of the data, read this interview with CBRE’s Darin Mellott.

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Lake County Partners Co-Hosts a Job Search Discussion with Schuler Scholar Program

In July, Lake County Partners and the Schuler Scholar Program worked together to produce a career and employment-focused event for their college-age scholars and recent graduates. The event featured leaders from Liberty Mutual, ITW/E.H. Wachs, Mitsubishi Electric Automation and the Lake County Workforce Development Department. These leaders shared their expertise in maximizing an internship, searching for a job, and interviewing effectively. The audience of high-caliber, future Lake County employees heard about great opportunities right here in Lake County and left with valuable contacts for future careers. 

The Schuler Scholar Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, students of color, and/or from low-income families. More information on the Schuler Scholars Program can be found here

Welcome to Our New Board of Governors Members

We are pleased to announce the addition of several new members to our Board of Governors: Elizabeth “Libby” Brunsvold of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Donald Hansen of W.W. Grainger, Inc., and Damon Havill of Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Elizabeth “Libby” Brunsvold is the State Government Affairs Director - Midwest at Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA. Prior to joining Takeda in 2015, Brunsvold served as the Director, State Government Affairs, for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where she covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Donald Hansen is the Senior Director of Real Estate for W.W. Grainger, Inc. Prior to joining Grainger in 2009, Hansen served as the Real Estate Manager for 7-Eleven, Inc. Hansen is a licensed Real Estate Broker and C.P.A. 

Damon Havill is the Vice President of Business Development for Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is also Vice President of Growth and Referral Development for Advocate Health Care. Prior to his position with Advocate, Havill was Vice President of Administration at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and before that he served in a similar role at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

Come See Us at the ICSC Chicago Deal Making Show!

Lake County Partners is hosting a number of Lake County municipalities at Booth 1520 at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Chicago Deal Making Show at Navy Pier on October 19th and 20th. Representatives will be on hand to discuss specific economic development opportunities in each of the participating Lake County communities. If you plan to attend the show, please stop by and visit with us and our partners. For additional information on the municipalities represented at the booth, stay tuned to Lake County Partners’ website, and Facebook and Twitter feeds in early October.

Bookmark Our News & Events Page!

Did you know that we regularly post and archive important business-focused news and events on our website? From job fairs and training opportunities to local awards and recognition, you can quickly find a comprehensive list of information that can arm your business with the tools to succeed here.



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