As 2016 approaches, we take a look back at the significant progress of our community and our program in 2015 ...
  • In terms of growth in the local industrial, institutional, military, utility and commercial markets, 2015 was another big year. Thirty major project announcements in Kankakee County in 2015 are projected to yield $485 million in capital investment, 588,600 square feet of new space, and 796 new jobs. (Major project recap below)
  • In news that is already generating economic ripples, we saw the State of Illinois announce the certification of Kankakee County's two Enterprise Zone programs and Kankakee County log record numbers of exports.
  • Olivet Nazarene University dramatically expanded its School of Engineering, and Kankakee Community College and Northern Illinois University created new engineering degree pathways.
  • The Coalition for Hope & Excellence in Education (CHEE) and partners launched the "Opportunity 3000" career awareness campaign.
  • The Economic Alliance program generated more than $25,000 in new private-sector funding.
  • And, for the second consecutive year, the Kankakee-Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked the #1 Small Metro in Illinois by global economic think tank the Milken Institute in its Best-Performing Cities index.
Enjoy our major project recap ... We look forward to continuing our work together in the New Year! 

Global Bioscience Leader CSL Behring Starts $240 Million Expansion at Kankakee Production Site

New Processing Facility for Specialty Ingredient Supplier Van Drunen Farms to Create 35+ Jobs at Momence

Second 100+ Turbine Wind Farm Approved for EDF Renewable Energy; Pilot Hill Now Producing Power for Microsoft in Illinois
New 8,000 Square Foot Production Facility at Bourbonnais Enabling BrickStone Brewery to Quadruple Output

Plochman's Grows Manteno HQ, Expanding Core Mustard Business and Adding Girard's Salad Dressing Production

Riverside Healthcare Completes $3 Million Rush-Riverside Cancer Institute Expansion at Bourbonnais

$53 Million Army Aviation Support Facility and Readiness Center Breaks Ground at Greater Kankakee Airport

Construction Begins for New $54 Million I-57 Interchange at Bourbonnais Parkway; 1,000+ Acre Industrial TIF Takes Shape

$16 Million River Station Senior Apartment Project Breaks Ground at Kankakee, Advancing West Downtown Master Plan