• Connect Illinois Broadband

     
     
    In an effort to identify gaps, guide investment and tailor broadband planning to boost access to high-speed internet services, today Governor Pritzker and the DCEO Office of Broadband announced a new interactive Connect Illinois Broadband Mapping and creation of the Illinois Broadband Lab. Through a collaborative effort including universities and key stakeholders, the new mapping tool combines data from local broadband providers, Illinois households, and field testing of available bandwidth. In addition, the Illinois Broadband Lab will house hundreds of PDF maps, providing various perspectives, and integrating complementary data sets, related to broadband access today. 
     
    These resources enhance broadband investment and build on the administration’s historic $420 million Connect Illinois broadband infrastructure plan, part of Rebuild Illinois, designed to bring affordable, reliable broadband connectivity for every household, community and business across the state.
     
    Illinois residents, community planners and other stakeholders are invited to utilize the lab, to help develop and improve local plans.  Access these tools and other resources through the Illinois Broadband Lab.
     
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    Expansion by Chicago Magnesium Casting Company to Create 40 New Local Jobs
    2021 Manufacturing Month in Illinois
     
     
    In a kick-off to October’s Manufacturing Month observation, on Wednesday, State and industry officials gathered to announce the 40th new manufacturing expansion in Illinois this year and to celebrate the expansion of Chicago Magnesium Casting Company (CMCC) facility through investments in state-of-the-art equipment. Located in Dixmoor, IL CMCC is a leading magnesium and aluminum sand casting manufacturer serving aerospace companies in Illinois and around the world. This latest investment will bring forward a major facility upgrade, allowing the company to expand its business and create 40 new jobs for the community. 
     
    With more than 18,000 manufacturers, pumping out over $100 billion in economic output, the industry is a major driver of Illinois’ economy employing over 550,000 residents. Each year, Manufacturing Month represents an opportunity to recognize the economic contributions manufacturers provide and call to attention the importance of this growing industry in Illinois. With the theme, “Celebrating Industry Innovation, Resiliency & Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers,” this year, DCEO, IMEC and industry leaders will host over 40 events, while encouraging the next generation to consider exciting and well-paying careers in Illinois’ booming manufacturing industry.
     
    For more information on events and resources offered during October’s Manufacturing Month, visit DCEO Website.
     
    Additionally, DCEO encourages you to join the conversation on manufacturing by following us on social @IllinoisDCEO.
     
     
    Throughout October, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is celebrating Women's Small Business Month. The Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) is presenting virtual events featuring business resources, important topics, and spotlights of women-owned businesses, showcasing our commitment to growing and investing in women-owned businesses statewide. 
     
    Sign up for a Women's Small Business Month event today!
     
     
    Deadline for Back to Business Program October 13
     
    Calling all small businesses: Only one week left to apply for the remaining $226 million in the Back to Business (B2B) economic recovery grant program! All you need are a few simple documents. And, with DCEO’s interactive B2B portal, business owners can track application status in real-time. Apply before October 13 and get back to business! Don’t delay, apply today!
     
    For more information on the B2B program, or for assistance with the application, please visit DCEO’s website.
     
    Export Opportunities to Japan and South Korea: A Trade Mission Preview Webinar
    Join DCEO's Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) to learn how to successfully enter or expand in this important region. This session is a preview in advance of a trade mission in May 2022.
    
    Tuesday, October 19, at 5:00p.m. Register HERE
     
       
      
    We’re #1! For the 5th year in a row, Chicago is crowned “#1 Best Big City in the U.S.” again by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.
     
    As a gateway to all Illinois has to offer, come see why Chicago checks all the boxes for top-choice travel destination – arts, culture, food, you name it – we’ve got it! Enjoyillinois.com.
     
       
    Virtual Job Fairs (VJF) are part of the GET HIRED initiative. Job seekers can find a hiring event near them, read about how to prepare for a VJF and what to expect when attending the event.