ACCESS TO MARKETS
Strategically located 45 miles and less than 1 hour drive time south of Downtown Chicago, Kankakee County, Illinois, is ideally positioned to reach the global marketplace.
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GEARED FOR GROWTH
The I-57 corridor in Kankakee County saw more than $1.2 billion in capital investment from 2014 through 2016. Robust growth is occuring in the health care, bioscience, logistics, advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.
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READY WORKFORCE
Kankakee County's total labor force within a 45-minute drive exceeds 2.5 million. With Kankakee Community College and Olivet Nazarene University, training and higher education are at our doorstep too...
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STARTUP SUPPORT
Kankakee County works collaboratively to support and grow entrepreneurship. Our plentiful development resources and incentives are of great value to the 4,500+ small businesses in our community.
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FOOD OF THE FUTURE
From the nation's leading producer of organic culinary herbs to the original squeeze barrel yellow mustard, Kankakee County has twice the concentration of food processors compared to the U.S. average.
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ENERGIZED
Energy investments in Kankakee County have exceeded $400 million in recent years. A cooperative regulatory climate and growth-minded leadership provide the spark for our power projects.
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WELCOME
Among the fastest growing metros in Illinois, Kankakee County is ideally situated 45 miles south of Downtown Chicago along the I-57 Corridor. Ready access to the interstate, rail, all utilities, fiber and workforce means our diverse business community, including Fortune and Global 500 companies, is able to thrive. Our two Enterprise Zones provide property tax abatement, sales tax exemption and other growth incentives. 

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Lisa Wogan
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USDA & Pharma Certified Refrigeration Facility
155,624 SF freezer facility located off 1-57, 20 miles from I-80, in Manteno
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Food-certified Warehouse Distribution Center
250-400,000 SF food-certified warehouse distribution facility. 2 rail spurs.
NEWS & UPDATES
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Urban Farmer Plans Manteno Expansion
Established in 2013, Manteno-based gluten-free, non-GMO and organic pizza maker Urban Farmer has 50 employees and has expanded to two shifts, five ...
Monday, June 12, 2017
Kankakee County Joins Illinois Delegation at SelectUSA Summit in Washington, D.C.
For the first time, Kankakee County will be represented at the premier U.S. foreign direct investment summit SelectUSA in Washington, D.C. Hosted b...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
IKO Industries Kankakee Announces Expansion, New Hires
IKO Industries Kankakee is expanding as the groundwork for a 15,000 square foot addition has begun. The space will accommodate a new production lin...
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Nucor Buys Bourbonnais Alabama Metal Plant, Rehires 65

Nucor Corporation has purchased the Alabama Metal Industries plant in Bourbonnais and hired back between 65 and 70 of the employees who were ...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Kankakee County Positioned in Top 10 Nationally for Millennial Growth
A report issued January 23 by leading location advisory, economic incentive and corporate real estate services firm Site Selection Group place...
Monday, January 23, 2017
Food Innovator FutureCeuticals Expands Momence, Illinois, Headquarters
Leading food innovator FutureCeuticals Inc. announced last week a $2 million, 14,700 square foot expansion of its headquarters operation in the Gre...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
2016 Major Projects Yield More Than $120M in Capital Investment
In terms of growth in the local industrial, institutional, military, utility, multifamily residential, infrastructure and commercial markets, 2016 ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
High-tech Growth Drives Kankakee MSA to #1 Position Again in Milken Institute’s Best-performing Cities Index
Outstanding high-technology growth by local companies like multinational bioscience leader CSL Behring and Riverside Healthcare has helped to place...
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Aqua America Consolidates Call Center Operations in Kankakee, Illinois
National water and wastewater provider Aqua America has consolidated call center operations in the Greater Chicago community of Kankakee, Illinois....
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
2016-17 Kankakee County Top Industries FTE Report Shows Continued Job Growth
Updated full-time employee counts for Kankakee County’s top 60 manufacturers, logistics firms and institutions were released today by the Eco...
Monday, September 26, 2016
Namdar Purchases Northfield Square Mall for $9.6M, Begins Repositioning
In July, Bradley’s Northfield Square Mall was sold to Namdar Realty Group for $9.6M. The privately held Great Neck, NY, real estate investmen...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Kankakee County Exports Up 74%, 16th Highest Growth in U.S.
According to the recently released 2015 Metropolitan Area Export Overview, authored by the International Trade Administration, Kankakee County expe...
Monday, August 22, 2016
Talent Attraction in Kankakee County Ranks in Nation’s Top 10%
Among 3,141 counties nationwide, Kankakee County is ranked 307 in attracting and developing skilled labor, with 2011-15 skilled job growth of 8%, a...
Friday, August 05, 2016
Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board Secures $500,000 Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant for CSL Behring
The Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board has sought and received a $500,000 Illinois Talent Pipeline Grant to provide on-the-job training for...
Friday, July 29, 2016
Bears Camp VIP Event Draws Greater Chicago Developers
The Economic Alliance, in partnership with the Village of Bourbonnais and Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, kicked off the 15t...
Monday, June 06, 2016
Aqua Illinois Announces $15 Million Investment in Kankakee Region Water Treatment Plant
Aqua Illinois has announced plans to complete $15 million in improvements to the Joseph Donovan Regional Water Treatment Plant in the City of Kanka...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
GadellNet Announces Chicago Southland Expansion, Kankakee County Branch
St. Louis-based GadellNet, an outsourced IT consulting firm offering help desk IT support, network engineering, business and technology management ...
Monday, April 04, 2016
Nicor Gas Renews its Investment in the Economic Alliance for 2016
The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County announces that Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company, has formally invested in its 2016 program of work.&nbs...
Monday, April 04, 2016
ComEd Changes Policy to Help Fuel Economic Growth in Region
In a move that is intended to make northern Illinois more attractive to expanding and prospective businesses, ComEd has modified a policy that requ...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Metal Fabricator ABC Coating Co. Inc. Breaks Ground for New Manteno, IL, Facility
Tulsa, OK-based ABC Coating Co. Inc. announces groundbreaking for its new Chicago region metal fabrication facility in Manteno, IL. 
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