The Choose DuPage Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of Choose DuPage President & CEO. The profile and accountabilities for this important leadership role is presented below.
Advance the mission and goals of Choose DuPage through achievements from region-wide collaborations within and outside the borders of DuPage County; effective recruitment, retention and active participation of the Choose DuPage Board of Directors; impactful fundraising from the business community, coupled with financial support provided by DuPage County; and insightful leadership of initiatives implemented by the Choose DuPage staff that add value to the economic development and vitality of the region.
- Leads the sourcing, identification and successful recruitment of new business investment opportunities in support of Choose DuPage objectives and initiatives
- Identifies and capitalizes upon regional collaboration opportunities with other public and private economic development organizations to bring economic development support to the Region and County
- Seeks and acquires access to external economic development initiatives for the benefit of the County of DuPage
- Develops and enhances strong, productive relationships with companies, agencies and organizations related to commercial development
- Ensures prompt and effective response to outside companies’ and organizations’ requests for proposals (RFPs); follows through on RFPs to secure opportunities for attracting new business development for the County
- Sources, identifies and implements required economic development tools, programs and initiatives to further the competitiveness of DuPage County regionally
- Leads the solicitation of funding support from the business community, including Board member recruitment
- Fosters an engaged and active Board of Directors, made up of business leaders and DuPage County government officials
- Creates and sets strategies, tactics and goals with staff for the organization
- Recruits, retains and develops a professional staff and fosters individual and team achievements
- Leads the creation and timely delivery of effective communications for the Board and the Region at-large on economic development best practices and regional development conditions
- Consistently informs and updates the Choose DuPage Board members and investors of economic development initiatives and quantifiable results
- Actively engages with partner organizations, businesses and governments on behalf of Choose DuPage, enhancing the credibility and effectiveness of the organization
Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related degree and ten years of business-related leadership experience in the Economic Development field including five years in a significant management-level position; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Will be a resident within DuPage County
Compensation provided will be commensurate with depth of relevant experience and track record of accomplishments
Interested candidates are welcome to submit their resume to Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly 700 Area Business Leaders Attend 10th Annual DuPage County Regional Outlook Event
Addressing an audience of nearly 700 of the region’s top business and civic leaders, Howard Tullman, Executive Director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology, returned as the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook event on May 1 at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oak Brook. Tullman shared his perspective on the implications and risks traditional businesses face as consumers shift focus to “utility and usership,” rather than on “possession and ownership.”
“If you’re standing still, you’re not standing still – you’re actually going backwards,” said Tullman. “You need to look at your business and think not of how it’s been done in the past, but how it can be done better tomorrow to make the greatest change. Each change accelerates the next change. So, if you’re moving quickly, that’s one measurement; but, the real, significant measurement is how fast you are getting faster.”
Tullman concluded his remarks by reviewing the new ways that constant mobility and ubiquitous connectivity—“the internet of everything”— will change our day-to-day lives and how we interact with each other. More importantly, how our interaction with the machines and robots will increasingly be a larger part of our lives.
Prior to Tullman’s remarks, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin opened the event by presenting a DuPage County economic outlook. Sharing highlights from the first quarter of 2019, Cronin noted DuPage County’s continued pattern of economic sustainability and consistent growth.
“At just 3.2 percent, DuPage County’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the region and second lowest in the state,” said Cronin. “We create a business-friendly culture in the county resulting in persistent, steady industry growth and low office and industrial vacancies. We are driving development and heightening the county’s status at the forefront of Illinois’ suburban economies.”
Following Chairman Cronin’s county update, Cresset Founding Partner and CIO Jack Ablin provided an economic market outlook for Illinois and the national landscape. While detailing his views on the practice and study of economics—from taxes to social trends in spending and saving—he explained, we are starting to see policy makers moving communities.
“Economics is not a hard science; it’s a social science,” said Ablin. “Economic pendulums can only swing so far in one direction until we go too far. That creates a social pushback and then the pendulum is going to swing the other way.”
The annual Regional Business Outlook event, hosted by Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance, Mesirow Financial and Ice Miller LLP, brings together DuPage County’s business owners and executives, government and education leaders and other members of the local business community to gain key insights about the current regional and national economic landscape, as well as to discuss best practices and growing potential in today’s economy. This year’s event highlighted DuPage County’s thriving business climate and reinforced the spirit of innovation and opportunities throughout the business community. Choose DuPage continues to promote the region’s diverse assets, economic strengths and opportunities for investment in an effort to continue future economic development for the region.
About Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance
Choose DuPage is the regional economic development organization for DuPage County, Illinois. A public/private partnership, Choose DuPage is dedicated to advancing DuPage County as a premier global business location. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County offers a diverse economy, friendly business climate, and substantial transportation network. Choose DuPage leverages these benefits to retain and attract business, support local economic development efforts, and address policy issues critical to the needs of business. www.choosedupage.com
About Ice Miller LLP
Ice Miller LLP is a full-service law firm dedicated to helping our clients stay ahead of a changing world. With over 340 legal professionals in seven offices, we advise clients on all aspects of complex legal issues across more than 20 practice areas. Our clients include emerging growth companies, FORTUNE 500 corporations, municipal entities and nonprofits. Learn more about Ice Miller and our client commitments.
About Mesirow Financial
Mesirow Financial is an independent, employee-owned firm founded in 1937. As specialists in investment, risk management and advisory services, we are committed to helping our institutional, corporate and individual clients achieve their objectives. Our professionals are inspired by an entrepreneurial desire to develop tailored solutions that deliver measurable results. Authentic communication, consistent accessibility and an unwavering commitment to achieve define the Mesirow approach. www.mesirowfinancial.com
Join regional business leaders as we come together to survey the regional and global economy, and learn to harness the latest tools and technologies shaping the future. The 10th Annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook will be on May 1. Read about the speakers below.
Howard A. Tullman is the Executive Director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Tullman is the former CEO of 1871 – where digital startups get their start and the General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, which are Chicago-based early-stage venture funds. He is a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois Advisory and Arts Councils; an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg; and an advisor to many start-ups. He is the former CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College and Kendall College. Over the last 50 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. @tullman @kaplaninstitute
JACK ABLIN, CFA
As Chief Investment Officer, Jack is the leader of Cresset’s investment strategy and provides investment policy and philosophy guidelines to the firm’s advisor teams and clients. Jack joined the organization in 2018 and has three decades of experience in money management. Jack was formerly the Chief Investment Officer with BMO Harris Bank.
Jack is the author of Reading Minds and Markets: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Returns in a Volatile Global Marketplace, published in July 2009 by F.T. Press; The Wall Street Journal best-seller list, 2009. Jack is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. Jack served as a Professor of Finance at Boston University, Graduate School of Management. He spent five years as a Money and Markets correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Jack was named one of the top 100 Wealth Advisors in North America, by CityWealth Magazine in 2006, 2010-2017.
Jack earned an A.B. degree from Vassar College in New York, where he graduated with honors in Mathematics and Computer Science. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Jack received an M.B.A. with honors, and graduated cum laude from Boston University in Massachusetts. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
DuPage County Economic Outlook
THE HONORABLE DAN CRONIN
Dan Cronin won election as DuPage County Board Chairman first in 2010, again in 2014 and 2018 after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years.
He brings his passion for fiscal accountability and efficient government to DuPage County, where he is committed to reducing the size, scope and cost of local government. Through his ACT Initiative (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency), he introduced a comprehensive approach to reform dozens of independent taxing districts in DuPage.
In 2014, Chairman Cronin assembled a coalition of civic groups, lawmakers and non-profits to form Transform Illinois, which aims to replicate the DuPage government efficiency experience throughout the rest of the state. He joined the Lieutenant Governor and sat on the statewide Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates. As he engages with leaders across the state, Chairman Cronin advocates for DuPage taxpayers on regional issues such as infrastructure, public transit and economic development. He is a graduate of Fenwick High School, Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law.
Lisa Leiter is an award-winning content creator with more than two decades of experience as a broadcaster, print reporter and media strategist. She was most recently the Chief Content Officer for the Executives’ Club of Chicago, in charge of programming. Lisa is a former anchor/reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she launched Chicago Business Today and produced the Entrepreneurs in Action video series. Prior to that, Lisa was a correspondent for Bloomberg Television, reporting from the Chicago Board of Trade. Lisa also was a correspondent for CNN Financial News, a senior producer for Moneyline and a staff writer for The Miami Herald. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University.
Opinion editorial by: John A. Carpenter | President & CEO of Choose DuPage
Through the Choose DuPage to Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance, public-and private-sector leaders continue to work together to ensure a business-friendly environment. In 2019, Choose DuPage will be focusing on five key areas to further capitalize on our unique position to ensure continued success for economic development growth in DuPage County:
- Commercializing Ideas at Argonne National Laboratory. Choose DuPage is actively turning the work of the scientific dream team at Argonne National Laboratory into economic profit for the region. We have been working to attract companies that would best benefit from its world-class facilities and research and have also taken a great leap forward by including Argonne in our plans for Innovation DuPage, our new business incubator and accelerator. By pioneering advancements in energy and predictive medicine, Argonne is paving a path for DuPage’s prosperity.
- Solving the “Last Mile-First Mile” Commute. Any company that calls the suburbs home is challenged to find ways to alleviate commute issues for their workforce. While the three Metra lines serve DuPage County, many office buildings are not conveniently located to these public transit options. To keep industry on the move, we have been actively working to tackle this “first and last mile” commute problem. Choose DuPage has partnered with InnovaEV, Hamilton Partners, and the Village of Itasca to launch a pilot program, using electric vehicles to transport employees from the Itasca train station to the office development Hamilton Lakes. We are also exploring options including enhanced pedestrian walkways and bike share programs with local business. The ultimate goal is to provide a dependable, cost effective commuting solution—and to attract the millennial workforce from downtown Chicago.
- Developing and Encouraging Growth at DuPage Business Center. The DuPage Business Center is a prime example of Choose DuPage’s commitment to innovative development opportunities. Choose DuPage has worked diligently over the past two years to successfully secure interest. In October, the DuPage Airport Authority announced new facilities for Suncast Corp., Greco and Sons Inc. and Norix Group Inc. will be built at the 800-acre campus south of Roosevelt Road, in addition to two other pending projects. In total, the five projects would amount to more than $24 million in purchased land and encompass roughly 170 acres. The campus is ideal for a variety of businesses, and is poised to bring yet another 1.1 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution in 2019.
- Facilitating Western Access to O’Hare Airport. Choose DuPage continues its work with the Illinois Tollway and regional public-and private-sector leaders to establish the Western Access O’Hare corridor as a premier global business location. Providing meaningful access to O’Hare from the western suburbs will transform the region—saving $145M in travel delays; creating over 13,000 jobs annually during the project; boost local tax revenues by $29M annually; and most important, lay the groundwork for the creation of 65,000 jobs by 2040. Illinois Route 390 now connects from Lake Street to Illinois route 83 and Choose DuPage is working together with the Illinois Tollway and DuPage County towards the completion of a critical bypass connecting I-90 and I-294. This project is vital to the future of our region and will remain a priority for Choose DuPage until it is complete.
- Enhancing Global Competitiveness. Foreign-Direct Investment (FDI) is a powerful engine for economic growth and prosperity—it creates jobs, spurs innovation, and drives exports. DuPage County is home to over 1,000 locations of foreign-owned firms, representing 43 countries, which make a significant contribution to our economy. In 2018, Choose DuPage has been dedicated to fostering foreign-direct investment in the county and has partnered with organizations like the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation and Chicago Metro Exports to improve our competitiveness on the global stage and engage in international trade. Fostering further foreign-direct investment and facilitating export initiatives in our community continues to be a priority in 2019.
Home to nearly 40,000 businesses and 700,000 jobs, DuPage continues to attract a variety of industries that shape its booming economy including manufacturing, technology and healthcare. New businesses are moving to make DuPage County their home, while local industries continue to expanding their footprint. By investing in new ideas and nurturing the framework of industry, DuPage continues to serve as an example for economic growth and development.
As we kick off 2019, I am excited to explore new ways Choose DuPage can continue to work towards expanding the regional economy and showcase our area as a proven, premier global business location.
Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is set to break ground for the construction of a new 170,000 square foot complex. Downers Grove was chosen as a central location to serve the Chicagoland area and allow for future growth of the business.
With over 85 years of packaging experience, Green Bay Packaging is more excited than ever to add additional capacity to their growing footprint. Executive Vice President, Bryan Hollenback states, “Green Bay Packaging follows the needs of their customers and we have seen a strong increase in demand in the Chicago area. We are proud to extend our company’s service offerings, and our dedicated team of highly experienced professionals are ready to fulfill this demand.”
“With this expansion, we are strengthening our operations in the Chicago area,” explained Will Kress, President and CEO of Green Bay Packaging. “This allows us to respond more quickly to changes in market demand and supply high quality products to our customers.”
The Chicago Distribution Center’s new plant in Downers Grove, IL will be a modern state-of-the-art building that will house a high-tech design department as well as expand warehouse capabilities.
“When we began looking for a new home for Green Bay Packaging’s Chicago Division, Downers Grove made a lot of sense because its central location allows us to efficiently service customers across the entire Chicagoland area.” said Kevin Shields, Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Division.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Green Bay Packaging has chosen Downers Grove in which to build their new 170,000 square foot facility,” said Mayor Martin Tully. “Founded in 1933, Green Bay Packaging is a company with a proud heritage that we warmly welcome and are honored to have join our community,”
About Green Bay Packaging Inc.
Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging., visit www.gbp.com.