When Ian Parr started his business, CCS International, Inc in 1979 out of his home in Glen Ellyn, he knew one day he would open the doors to a larger office somewhere in DuPage County. Within a short time CCS grew into a global capital project management and cost management services firm headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace. CCS provides a very niche service. As such, attracting the right talent is very important. A location in the suburbs with easy access to major highways allows CCS to afford their employees with the flexibility they need for a good work/life balance. “Being a part of DuPage County fits within our values as a firm,” said Ian Parr, President. “DuPage County has a big economy, and great quality of life to go with it. We are family oriented – I want to be able to offer flexibility for our employees to have a great work/life balance. Our Oakbrook Terrace location gives us just that.” Although, great quality of life and talent attraction weren’t the only factors considered in choosing their location. CCS objectively manages building capital expenditures and project outcomes – projecting accurate costs during the various project phases. That means that CCS needs to be where their clients are – all over the world. Proximity to Chicago and both O’Hare International Airport & Midway International Airports is key to providing successful outcomes for their clients. Their portfolio includes; McCormick Place, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Texas A&M University, University of Kentucky, Lewis and Clark State Office Building in Missouri, and more – so having a gateway to the rest of the world (O’Hare) is a big advantage. “DuPage County is a good place for us to do business. Part of that is because of organizations like Choose DuPage, which provides a vital link between private-sector businesses and government. Supporting economic development initiatives is a good way to foster a good business environment, which at the end of the day is why DuPage County is able to enjoy their high quality of life,” said Parr.