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The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) is not a philanthropic or social group. The mission of the CSEDC is to identify, organize and mobilize public and private resources that will result in the creation and expansion of businesses, thereby providing economic growth, sustainable jobs and development in the Southland. The objectives implementing this mission are applied along recognized Corridors, as well as other regional areas of economic impact. Extending from the dynamic growth along the I-80 Corridor, to the Greenfield warehouse and intermodal centers along Illinois-394 and to the renewable energy centers along the Cal- Sag waterway, the Southland is a significant and strategic region for expanding economic growth. CSEDC, its members and its partners are poised to be the moving force responsible for “Strengthening the Southland.”

CSEDC objectives are defined through its structure of a Chairman, Executive Committee, and a Board of Directors composed of area business, educational, and political leaders. Monthly meetings of the Executive Committee, quarterly Board Meetings, and active subcommittees will develop the objectives and work program and acquire the resources necessary to fulfill the mission of CSEDC. CSEDC members contribute their ideas and counsel during these meetings and in various follow up activities. Subcommittees are comprised of active members and staff from CSEDC, SSMMA and other agencies working on CSEDC defined projects. CSEDC provides value to its membership and a return on their investment by contributing to the economic vitality of our region and identifying the leaders of the Southland.

CSEDC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, funded by member dues, contracts and contributions. Investing in a membership at any of the various levels, provides for active participation and supports this public-private partnership. All members are listed on the CSEDC webpage and can vote on all member activities including nominating Board members. Contributing, Sustaining, and Premier members may also display their logo on the CSEDC web page and CSEDC advertising. Premier members will be listed, or have their logo printed, on CSEDC stationery. Please return the CSEDC Investment Statement with your contribution and comments. Please note if you are interested in attending a particular subcommittee meeting.

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland is prepping for businesses 

By Ed Paesel, originally published in the Times on 12-8-13

For the past several years, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, in cooperation with the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp., has placed a heavy emphasis on the Calumet manufacturing and logistics nexus. Our purpose has been to turn brownfields into jobs in the greater south suburban region.

This region is again recognizing and taking advantage of the many core assets that set us apart with extraordinary advantages for industrial business development. Its central location in the Chicago metropolitan area, coupled with unparalleled freight transportation access that includes service from five Class 1 and 4 short line railroads, makes access quick and easy.

In addition, our area is blessed with proximity to two existing major intermodal freight terminals, the Port of Chicago, Midway Airport, as well as the developing South Suburban Airport. We have more than 3,000 acres of vacant, industrially zoned properties.

We clearly understand our region must provide support for site pre-development and business financing to make these sites even more attractive. To that end, we have developed the South Suburban Atlas, which has mapped dozens of sites and provides comprehensive data for those sites.

SSMMA and the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. have a long-standing brownfield site assessment and cleanup program through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority has been formed to aid in clearing back taxes and liens and will hold property on a tax-exempt basis during the land assembly process.

Furthermore, our organizations have assisted in forming the Southland Community Development Fund, which provides loans at below market rates for land acquisition and pre-development work, as well as forming the Brownfield Remediation and Intermodal Promotion Act through the Illinois General Assembly.

These new programs are in addition to long-standing programs such as TIF, enterprise zones and Cook County property tax incentive programs.

Another major initiative is workforce development support. Some of these efforts include the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership, which addresses the labor/skills mismatch and offers access to a pool of local workers trained and certified in advanced manufacturing technology for a range of manufacturing positions.

In addition, logistics ladder worker training programs supply local workers trained and licensed as commercial truck drivers, certified warehouse workers and logistics professionals. Our consortium of community colleges provides this training and more.

We have made great progress in these programs, but clearly there is much more to do and we are committed to these efforts.

For additional information on any of these programs and activities, contact Reggie Greenwood at (708) 922-4671 or reggie.greenwood@ssmma.org.


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Mission Statement

The Green TIME Zone of Chicago’s Southland capitalizes on these emerging trends with a strategy through which older communities can translate the value of their established rail infrastructure and manufacturing capacity into desirable neighborhoods, good jobs, and environmental improvement. The strategy is built on three linked mechanisms for sustainable redevelopment: transit-oriented development (TOD) to establish livable communities, cargo-oriented development (COD) to capture the economic benefits of inter-modal freight movements, and green manufacturing to build a healthy economy with a bright future. These mechanisms lead to the acronym TIME: communities and economies are rebuilt around Transit, Inter-modal facilities, and Manufacturing, all founded on a commitment to preserve and improve the natural Environment.