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This page possesses links to local, regional, and national institutions which take part in our mission to further economic development in the Chicago Southland. For links to Chicago Southland municipalities please navigate to the Municipal Profiles page under Featured Development Sites.

  • Baxter-Woodman: A forward-thinking civil engineering firm, we work hard to combine best practices with emerging technologies by providing sustainable, innovative solutions for projects
  • Business Districts Inc: Business Districts, Inc. is the premier provider of business district services to local governments and business district organizations. For over a decade and a half, BDI has developed and implemented effective business district plans in top communities throughout the Midwest and elsewhere. We have created thriving, marquee projects, attesting to both community resilience and to BDI’s skill in ensuring long term results. With deep roots in urban planning, commercial development, business management, and commercial district management, BDI uses its flexible, hands-on approach to empower those developing their business district to define, move toward, and attain their aspirations for their districts.
  • Hitchcock Design Group: This group specializes on a vast array of issues facing the built environment.
  • LandVision: Founded in 1991 by Managing Partner, Charles M. Hanlon, Land Vision, Inc., is a multi-disciplinary professional services firm with three offices in Chicago, IL, St. Charles, IL, and Springfield, MO.The Firm provides land planning, town planning, design guidelines, entitlements, zoning, streetscape design, visioning programs and other planning services for clients desiring to create or maintain a sense of place in their community or development.
  • Robinson Engineering: Robinson provides Professional GIS Services to a vast array of municipal and private clients across the southland region.
  • Transystems: TranSystems brings to its clients an unusually wide reach and depth of resources in developing solutions for the world of transportation. We are focused on providing consulting expertise to enhance the overall transportation experience. We bring unique and innovative solutions to your transportation infrastructure challenges to facilitate the movement of goods and people by creating an integrated transportation system around nine key market sectors – freight rail, passenger rail and transit, states and municipalities, aviation, manufacturing and distribution, maritime, trucking, energy and communications, and the federal government.
  • Weaver Boos Consultants: In today’s world of ever-changing regulations and complex environmental and geotechnical engineering requirements, Weaver Boos specializes in helping businesses solve their challenges. With decades of experience, our professional engineers, surveyors, geologists, and scientists provide high quality consulting services to a diverse range of clients and projects, nationwide.

  • Allied Tube and Conduit: Allied Tube & Conduit innovated the In-Line Galvanizing process to provide product that delivers consistent long-term strength, quality and reliability.  More fencing professionals trust Allied’s High Strength Fence Framework than any other brand.  Our framework is domestically manufactured so you can assure timely delivery.  Allied Tube & Conduit products are the industry standard for fence framework. Contractors, Architects, and Engineers. Allied maintains a manufacturing facility in south suburban Harvey, IL.
  • Arcelor-Mittal Steel: Producer of flat carbon steel, long carbon steel and stainless steel; processing, finishing and distribution of steel. Arcelor-Mittal maintains a steel foundry in south suburban Riverdale, IL
  • Bimba INC:  Bimba Manufacturing provides industry-leading pneumatic, hydraulic and electric solutions, including a variety of stainless steel body air cylinders that are easy-to-use, reliable and ready for your engineering challenges
  • Buddig: We’re a family company started on the south side of Chicago over 100 years ago. Ever since it’s been our family’s goal to help you provide your family with the very best in taste, variety and convenience. Take a second and get to know us a little better. Carl Buddig operates a meat packing facility in south suburban South Holland, IL
  • Canadian National Railroad: CN operates thousand of miles of railroad track across North America. It possesses one of the largest rail networks out of any company in the world. CN operates a large, expanding intermodal facility in south suburban Harvey, IL.
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Comapny: A global leader in the beverage industry, the CocaCola company offers hundreds of brands, including soft drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Coca-Cola maintains a bottling facility in southwest suburban Alsip, IL.
  • ConAgra: ConAgra Foods® is proud to make the food people love — food that makes their cupboards seem stocked and their freezers feel full. We make food that gives people less to worry about, and more to look forward to. At the heart of the ConAgra Foods business is the food people want in their lives every day.Con Agra Operates a large research facility in southwest suburban Bedford Park and a food processing facility in south suburban South Holland, IL.
  • Federal Signal Corporation: Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers.Federal Signal Corporation is located in south suburban University Park, IL
  • Ford Automotive Company:  Ford Automotive Company manufactures various models of automotive vehicles including sedans, vans, and trucks. Ford Automotive maintains a automotive assembly plant in the Hegewisch neighborhood of Chicago and a stamping plant in south suburban Chicago Heights, IL.
  • Funk Linko Inc. Funk Linko is one of the leading producers of sign and lighting poles for major oil companies, fast food operations, hotels, car dealers, airports and municipalities in the United States and many countries around the world. In fact, Funk Linko is the premier pole manufacturer in the Oil Industry. Our proprietary and patented pole shape designs continue to be key elements for clients as they re-brand and shape new images. Funk Linko maintains a facility in Chicago Heights, IL.
  • G&W Electric: G&W Electric has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. Our product offerings include load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products, cable terminations, cable joints and high current limiting system protection devices. Combining cutting-edge design and manufacturing technology with world-class ISO certified quality systems, we specialize in custom solutions to meet specific customer requirements.
  • Griffith Labs: Griffith Laboratories, established in 1919, is a global manufacturer of food ingredients. We provide a wide range of taste and texture components for customers throughout the world. Our customers include food processors, restaurant operators and grocery retailers. We combine consumer insight, industry experience, science and creativity to make the world’s food better — and our customers’ businesses more successful. Griffith Labs Headquarters is located in southwest suburban Alsip, IL
  • Mi-Jack Products: Mi-Jack Products, Inc. is recognized as an industry leader and innovator in Travelift® and Translift™ rubber tire gantry crane manufacturing, sales, service and support. Mi-Jack’s world headquarters is located in south suburban Hazel Crest, IL.
  • Modern Drop Forge: Modern Forge Companies is comprised of five production facilities capable of supplying near-netforgings and finished machined parts and assemblies. Modern Drop Forge maintains a facility in south suburban Blue Island, IL.
  • National Railway Equipment Company: National Railway Equipment Co. has grown to become the world’s largest supplier of remanufactured locomotives, new and rebuilt mechanical and electrical systems and components. The company also provides locomotive field service and technical support. NREC delivers locomotives and services to customers throughout North America and worldwide. National Railway Equipment maintains a facility in south suburban Dixmoor, IL
  • Panduit Inc: Panduit produces wiring and communication products, network cabling systems, cable and wiring accessories.
  • Robbins Community Power: Robbins Community Power (RCP) is a state-of-the-art energy center that has   transformed what had been a waste-to-energy plant into a green fuel energy center. Clean wood chips, such as from trimmed trees and construction projects, will be used to create energy. Some of the many benefits to using wood to create energy include: it is an environmentally friendly fuel; it reduces the load on landfills; it does not increase greenhouse gases; it is a clean fuel; and, no trees are harmed to create this energy.
  • Union Pacific Railroad: Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America’s premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.
  • YRC: The Yellow and Roadway Trucking Companies have combined to create a entity concerned about providing deliveries in prompt, affordable manner. YRC maintains a facility in south suburban Sauk Village, IL.

  • DePaul University: DePaul offers a high caliber, challenging learning environment that is respected by employers, community leaders and other universities. Many of our more than 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study have earned national acclaim, and have received both institutional and specialized accreditation. Most importantly, more than 93 percent of employers report they are pleased with the caliber of DePaul graduates.
  • Governors State University: Governors State University (GSU) is the only public university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 7,750 students. GSU provides affordable and accessible undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students with undergraduate tuition that is the most affordable in the Chicagoland region.
  • Moraine valley Community College: At Moraine Valley Community College, we are dedicated to ensuring our students gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a changing world. Take a look at our programs and distinctions, and you’ll see why we are among the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher learning.
  • Prairie State College: Prairie State College has grown in many ways –in size, in facilities, in breadth and depth of educational options, and in reputation.  Prairie State College’s 137-acre campus is located at South Halsted Street and Vollmer Road in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
  • South Suburban College: This two-year college serves many students throughout the Chicago Southland. Its Main campus is in South Holland, IL.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago: The largest university in the Chicago area, UIC has 25,000 students, 15 colleges-including the nation’s largest medical school-and annual research expenditures exceeding $332 million. UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals.

  • Illinois State Water Survey: The Illinois State Water Survey has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science- based information and analysis necessary to manage our water resources wisely for a sustainable ecosystem and economic development.
  • Illinois State River Decision Support System: The ILRDSS web site is a portal to information related to the watersheds of Illinois. Our database of web links is organized and fully searchable by keyword, product type, and geographic area.
  • State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity: The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois’ competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities.  DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.
  • State of Illinois Employment Page: This page deals with workforce development and other employment issues across the State of Illinois.
  • State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency: This agency is in charge of overseeing landfill inspections, brownfield remediations, and other environmental concerns across the state of Illinois.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency: EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment
  • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: This federal agency is in charge of housing related policy and loans.

  • Advocate Christ Hospital: This local hospital includes a ER, Childrens Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. It is located in south suburban Oak Lawn, IL.
  • Ingalls Hospital: As the area’s only independent not-for-profit healthcare system, Ingalls has the ability to insure that our resources are directed to areas that result in the greatest benefit to our patients and the community. As we pursue our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve, we invest in the latest medical technologies, the structural needs of our facilities across the southland, and of course, in our greatest resource…our employees. It is located in south suburban Harvey, IL.
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital: This health care facility includes ER. It is located in south suburban Evergreen Park, IL.
  • Metro South Medical Center: MetroSouth Medical Center is located on a 12-acre campus in the heart of Blue Island’s uptown commercial business district. Moving forward, we believe the best way to embrace our history and our long legacy of service is to become the most trusted and sought after hospital on Chicago’s South Side by both patients and medical professionals. At MetroSouth Medical Center, we are redefining what it means to be a progressive community hospital by combining the best practices in medicine with the best in sustainable business practices.
  • Palos Community Hospital: Palos Community Hospital, the health care leader in the southwest suburbs, is investing $420 million in the health of the community through the construction of updated surgical and intensive care units, and the conversion to all private rooms. This hospital is located in southwest suburban Palos Heights, IL.
  • St James Hospital: From the respect and consideration we show patients, physicians and co-workers every day, to the compassionate care we provide to our patients and their families, every member of the St. James team lives and works according to our Franciscan Values.St James Hospital has two campuses in south suburban Olympia Fields, IL and Chicago Heights, IL.
  • Southland HealthCare Forum: The Southland Health Care Forum’s mission is to be the coordinating force, in South Suburban Cook County, that provides educational programs to develop the skills and talents of area residents to create a diversified and qualified workforce.

  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning: CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
  • Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative: The Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative is a group of twenty-six municipalities in Southern Cook County and Northern Will County that are working together to address regional housing issues. The Collaborative works in conjunction with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Metropolitan Planning Council, and other think tanks to address housing issues ranging from property maintenance, land banking, and the current foreclosure crisis. The issues tackled by the Housing Collaborative are decided upon by the Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative Steering Committee which is made up of one or two representatives from each member municipality.
  • Diversity Inc: The Chicago Southland’s only intergovernmental organization dedicated to furthering the social economic benefits of a multi-cultural environment. Promoting diversity in the residential and civic fabric of the Southland communities.
  • Metropolitan Mayors Caucus: Today, the Caucus has grown in size, strength, and accomplishment. 272 mayors now make up the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The Caucus has addressed major issues and has made a huge difference in the areas of economic development, affordable housing, and so much more. It is second to none as a model for what can be accomplished when achievement, agreement and working together for the common good are top priorities. We invite you to scan this site for insights into what has been done to date and ambitious plans for tomorrow…
  • South Suburban Mayors and Managers AssociationLocated south of the City of Chicago, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Assocation (SSMMA) is an intergovernmental agency providing technical assistance and joint services to 42 municipalities representing a population over 650,000 in Cook and Will Counties.
  • Southwest Conference of Mayors: The Southwest Conference of Mayors is comprised of the Chief Elected Officials from twenty-one communities in southwest suburban Cook County.  The Southwest Conference of Mayors was formed in an attempt to lower the cost of government; to improve services for our citizens and to promote managerial expertise for the individual and joint benefit of the Member Municipalities.  The Southwest Conference of Mayors has the purpose to coordinate its membership experience and expertise on problems of mutual concern.

  • Calumet Area Industrial Commission: The CAIC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, funded by member dues, contracts and contributions. Our membership represents manufacturers, maritime oriented and industrial service companies, financial and educational institutions of the Calumet Area. It also includes over 5,000 employees that our members employ.
  • Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau: The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau was founded in 1986 as a subsidiary of the Regional Economic Development Corporation (now known as the Chicago Southland Development, Inc.). In 1993, the Bureau separated from its parent organization and became an independent 501(c)6 organization. As a regional cooperative, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau represents 62 south and southwest municipalities, approximately 35 miles south of downtown Chicago.
  • WTTW: South of Chicago Visitors Information: There are thousands of things to do in and around Chicago’s Southern communities and throughout Northwest Indiana. To find a few suggestions, simply click on one of the interest areas below:

  • Center for Neighborhood Technology: CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change.

 

  • Chicago Community Loan Fund: Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) is a social investment intermediary providing low-cost, flexible financing to community development organizations engaged in affordable housing, social service and economic development initiatives that benefit low- and moderate-income families and neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago. CCLF was founded in 1991 by a group of visionary social-investment advocates. Their aim was to create a nimble, flexible nonprofit lender who would fill the community development credit gaps as they emerged across the city and region. In particular, CCLF was created to ensure that Chicagoland community developers (including small and emerging groups) would have a lender to turn to for harder-to-underwrite projects and enterprises.
  • Chicago Communities TrustOur region’s community foundation.
  • Delta Institute: The Delta Institute creates, funds and implements programs that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving, vibrant communities. Working together with diverse partners from across the Great Lakes Region, we are blazing a trail for the green economy so others can successfully follow
  • International Council of Shopping Centers: Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its 60,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 80 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: The Lincoln Institute seeks to improve the dialogue about urban development, the built environment, and tax policy in the United States and abroad. Through research, training, conferences, demonstration projects, publications, and multimedia, the Lincoln Institute provides the highest quality, nonpartisan analysis and evaluation for today’s regulatory, planning, and policy decisions.
  • Metropolitan Planning Council: The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) connects the dots — between regional needs, challenges, and solutions, and among the individuals and organizations with the power and capacity to guide the growth of the ever-changing Chicago metropolitan region. As the region continues to grow and prosper, our mission is taking us beyond Illinois to work with partners and communities throughout the tri-state region.
  • World Business Chicago: World Business Chicago (WBC) is the city’s economic development office, coordinating business retention, attraction and expansion efforts in order to spur and accelerate economic growth. A public/private organization chaired by Mayor Richard M. Daley, WBC strives to raise Chicago’s position as a premier global business destination.

 

  • International Economic Development Council: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions.

  • Calumet Environmental Resource Center: The Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC) is a unique resource library, meeting place and referral network where local community residents, government officials, nonprofit environmental organizations,and others can learn about and respond to pressing environmental issues in the Calumet Region.
  • Calumet Stewardship Initiative: The Calumet Stewardship Initiative envisions a Calumet region marked by vibrant communities and cultures, healthy natural areas and a strong economy. Toward this end, the Calumet Stewardship Initiative engages residents and member organizations in partnerships that advance nature education, environmental stewardship, scientific discovery, cultural understanding and economic growth.
  • Chicago Wilderness Magazine-Calumet Region: These key Calumet entities are working to protect and restore the natural environment of the Calumet region and connect it to a thriving local economy, history, and quality of life.
  • Friends of the Chicago River: Friends of the Chicago River is the only organization solely dedicated to the Chicago River. Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.
  • Indiana Nature Conservation: The Nature Conservancy emerged from a small professional association of ecologists seeking to turn their knowledge of nature into positive action for conservation. Since its incorporation in 1951 in the District of Columbia, it has grown to be the largest conservation organization in the world with programs in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on six continents.
  • Openlands: Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
  • Save the Dunes: The mission of Save the Dunes, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is to preserve, protect and restore the Indiana Dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed for an enhanced quality of life.
  • Sierra Club: Illinois Chapter: The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club is a statewide organization representing over 23,000 individuals committed to protecting the Illinois environment – for our families, for our future.

  • Bennett Commercial: Bennett Commercial is a large real estate firm based out of Bourbonnais, IL that specializes in moving properties in Kankakee, Iroquois, and Will Counties.
  • Groebe & Co: Wm. C. Groebe & Co. is a large Real Estate and Property Management  firm specializing in residential, commercial, investment, syndication and management services. Professionally trained Realtors provide you with competent advice and efficient service in a variety of real estate areas.
  • Lee & Associates: There is certainly no shortage of commercial real estate firms that want your business. That is why we are determined to do things differently – to redefine what a full-service commercial real estate firm should be.
  • Simborg Industrial Real Estate: Simborg specializing in the development of retail and office properties in the Chicagoland area and Northern Indiana

  • Lincoln Mall:  This mall is consists of roughly sixty stores anchored by Carson Pirie Scott and Sears. It is located in south suburban Matteson, IL.
  • Simon-Orland Square Mall: Orland Square is the place for you! It is the largest, most upscale shopping center in Chicago’s south suburbs. Orland Square is home to Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Apple, A/X Armani Coach, J. Crew and Williams – Sonoma. A variety of other specialty shops and restaurants help to create a delightful shopping experience. The mall also features a large Children’s Play Area and an Island Carousel.  Come enjoy a day of fun and shopping! It is located in southwest suburban Orland Park, IL.
  • Simon-River Oaks Shopping Center: River Oaks Center is known throughout south suburban Chicago and northwest Indiana as the center for quality shopping. Anchored by the popular Carson Pirie Scott, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears department stores, River Oaks Center boasts more than 125 specialty stores and eateries.  River Oaks Center has virtually every item you need for the life you lead. This mall is located in southeast suburban Calumet City, IL.
  • Westfield Chicago Ridge Mall: This shopping center consists of 150 stores anchored by a Caron Pirie Scott, Sears, Kohls, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Aldi. It is located in southwest suburban Chicago Ridge, IL.

  • Active Transportation Alliance: The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation