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Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation

The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) is a 5Ol(c) (3) Corporation that develops and implements the economic development program of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) and its investors. SSMMA is seeking support to create a financial sustainability plan to increase the capacity of CSEDC to carry out its five-part economic development program. With support, CSEDC will be able to increase its range of investors through working groups for industrial development, manufacturing partnership and retail development.

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.

Incentives – For developers, established businesses, entrepreneurs looking for a first location and a host of other individuals and groups, the CSEDC is the go-to organization for growing business in the southern suburbs. Learn more about incentive programs…

The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) is “Making A Difference” in the economy of the Chicago Southland. We are proud to invite you to continue your investment or join us as a new investor. To Make A Difference in the Chicago Southland, CSEDC works with a variety of Southland and Chicago region partners in seven program areas which complement each other, creating an overall economic development strategy.

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For more information, contact Reggie Greenwood at (708)922-4671.


Key Programs
  • select chicago logo_reducedtext4Select Chicago Southland (Multi-family housing and retail TOD project) Select Chicago Southland. The International Conference of Shopping Center RECon event is an important opportunity for municipalities to make direct connections and build relationships with influential developers and retailers to build a case for investment in our available retail sites. Municipalities participating  in the ICSC Recon 2015 event, a collaborative effort representing the Southland region, include:

RECon is an important opportunity for municipalities to make direct connections and build relationships with influential developers and retailers to build a case for investment in our available retail sites. The International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon event is a global convention for the shopping center industry and it provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals. “Select Chicago Southland,” is the name of our mission to brand and promote the Southland as a retail destination. Select Chicago Southland successfully competed with other municipalities in the Cities of the World Pavilion and collectively articulated the multiple benefits of choosing our region for retail development. We have now organized an expanded group of approximately fifteen municipalities to work together during the next year to have a larger booth next year and participate in several retail development events during the year.

  • DC Bridge March 2012 (1) low resCalumet Green Manufacturing Partnership – The successful Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership (CGMP)_ initiative uses a dual customer approach to build career advancement pathways for low-skilled/ underprepared workers while addressing employer requirements. Building on existing relationships, the CGMP aims to weave deep, long-lasting interconnections among employers; the public workforce system; and education, training, and support service providers. These workforce assets provide a continuum of education, training, career coaching, asset development, job placement, job retention and advancement, and support services. Using this approach, technical training for both new and existing workers will lead to family and community-sustaining, livable-wage employment. Increased business satisfaction, employee retention, productivity and higher revenues will be met with decreased regional unemployment and dependence on public assistance. The partners of this work plan have a number of existing resources but have also identified areas that will require additional funding in order to sustain their effectiveness. Addressing the labor/skills mismatch and promoting careers in manufacturing and logistics to ensure a competitive workforce, is a key asset for regional economic development.


  • download (17)The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium. The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation is a proud partner of the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium. The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium is a first-of-its-kind partnership for economic development in northeastern Illinois and brings together a large group of committed partners. Please go to www.chicagometrometal.org to visit their web site.The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium is one of just twelve ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership’ (IMCP) designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. With leadership from Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development, it is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 partners, including the seven counties of northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago.The Chicago region is one of the nation’s leading manufacturing centers and transportation supply networks. With more than 3,700 firms, $30 billion in annual revenues, and 100,000 employees, metal manufacturers in the region are an important economic driver. Download the fact sheet here.


  • Credit-c-2014-Brandon-Townley-e1405095743279Industrial Site Development. The purpose of the Industrial Site Development program is to realize the Southland’s cargo-oriented development (COD) potential by converting its vacant industrial lands into the sites of productive businesses that operate in a sustainable manner and employ local workers in jobs. CSEDC plans to achieve this mission by building on development efforts to date and raising its collaboration with CNT, Cook County, OAI, and other partners to a new level of effectiveness in order to complete the preparation of south Cook County’s industrial sites for private investment.

Program objectives include:
• develop a pipeline of proposed COD sites by gathering and analyzing information about industrial properties with
COD characteristics;
• upgrade CSEDC’s databases of industrial site information, information regarding site development resources, and
tools such as CSEDC’s GIS Economic Development Viewer to facilitate economic development planning;
• continually develop working relationships with the private sector to promote the region for industrial development;
• select key development opportunity sites in the industrial zones identified through CSEDC’s prior research and undertaking
“predevelopment” work items to remove uncertainty about the costs of redeveloping these sites will dramatically
increase the ability of CSEDC to attract developers and users to invest in these sites;
• create a program for the investment of Count}’ resources to complement other public funds in actions to remediate
of environmental contamination;
• install green infrastructure to manage storm water and maximize the available land for development on each site, and
• flexibly address other impediments to the sustainable redevelopment of south Cook County COD sites.

Southland Logistics Benefits 

  • New_Southworks_Labs_Logo_V2_091914_JEAMakers Movement – Southland Manufacturing & Innovation Center (SMIC) is a regional collaboration intended to improve the Southland’s manufacturing capabilities, train a best-in-class workforce, and create opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the making of things. SMIC is based on the concept of makerspaces that have been established worldwide.  A maker space is a space (as small as 1200sf) with equipment (most of which could fit on a desktop) to allow students, entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses to design and make physical objects or design electronic products. These spaces are unique because they allow even non-professionals to quickly learn to design and create using a combination of classic and advanced manufacturing tools. Such advanced manufacturing tools, primarily 3-D printers and computer numeric-controlled tools, are creating new ideas about how manufacturing can be done. Meeting space to build community is an important aspect of the spaces. Since the spaces have appeal across many disciplines and interests, they provide the opportunity for various interest and skillsets to interact -spawning creativity and innovation. CSEDC envisions SMIC as a hub-and-spoke network ofmakerspaces. We will be part of this network, and we feel that given the resources the community colleges already have, we can provide services unique to its stakeholders as well as programming which will be coordinated throughout the network. Local businesses, higher education, schools K-12, entrepreneurs and innovators are prime participants of the MakerLabs. The “hub” of the network will be a centrally located “Manufacturing Center” that will include the Chicago Southland Fiber Network, which attracts data centers and other broadband users.SouthWorks logo- newThe South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC), a twenty-three year-old consortium of twelve colleges and universities in the Chicago Southland region, and community partners are building a network of MakerLabs – SouthWorks MakerLabs –  on regional campuses and in our communities to share the MakerLab experience with local K-12 students to change the lives of students in the region. A brochure is here. Click here to learn about SouthWorks MakerLabs and the Engineering and Robotics competition. The Purpose of creating the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition is to provide an opportunity for local and regional manufacturing companies to sponsor and partner with local high schools to develop their individual projects for the 2017 Spring Competition.
  • broadband largeAttracting Data Center Development – Cook County and the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association (SSMMA) are part of a leading-edge national effort to provide high-speed fiber optic infrastructure to its communities. Already at the forefront with unsurpassed economic development opportunities in logistics, transportation and green manufacturing, the addition of high-speed fiber optics will enable our communities to compete successfully in the global economy. The broadband initiative is laying important groundwork for future generations, just like the nation’s interstate highway system and rural electrification program did for current generations. Widespread access to affordable, high performance broadband has the potential to transform work life by providing more flexibility and control over when and where work is done. Fiber-delivered, business class broadband services can be a powerful economic development tool that can help retain existing businesses, as well as attract new ones. CSEDC will help link customers to Internet services by providing access to the Chicago Southland Fiber Network for high bandwidth commercial connectivity, access to data center applications, cloud services and other Internet based applications needed to participate in a global business climate. With data speeds available at Gigabit data rates or higher, CSFN will enable the Southland communities to offer opportunities to businesses and industries. We believe fiber resources are as important as roads and electrical infrastructure.
  • Organizing Infrastructure planning and investment
    CSEDC works with SSMMA, Cook County and the State of Illinois to analyze needed infrastructure such as highway improvements or rail access to support the expansion of new companies and the construction needs of new companies. CSEDC working with SSMMA staff will organize support from a variety of agencies to help finance needed infrastructure investment.
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