• Economic Development News from DCEO

    $15 Million in Additional Funding to Support
    Local Festivals and Tourism Across the State  
    Today, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $15 million in additional funding to support tourism sectors across Illinois through the second round of the Tourism Attraction and Festivals Grant Program which is designed to support communities hardest-hit by the pandemic. Interested parties can apply for the grant here. DCEO also announced the list of recipients from the first round of funding. Read the full announcement here.
    Iconic Illinois Company - Eli's Cheesecake -
    Breaks Ground on Expansion
    This week Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and DCEO Director Sylvia Garcia joined iconic Illinois company Eli’s Cheesecake for a groundbreaking on its $9.5 million expansion on Chicago’s Northwest side. Supported by the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, the expansion will nearly double the size of its facility while adding new jobs and contributing to the local economy. Read more about the expansion here.
    Village of Calumet Breaks Ground on
    Site of Major Redevelopment
    This week, DCEO joined the Village of Calumet Park and other partners to break ground on a brand-new commercial and residential space aimed at revitalizing the Ashland Avenue Commercial District. For the innovative project, the Village of Calumet received a $1.5 million Shovel Ready grant from the state as part of Governor Pritzker’s historic Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan. The project will add green space, shops and residential spaces and will contribute to the economic development of the area. Read more about the project here 
    Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    Celebrates HACIA Graduates
    DCEO Director Sylvia Garcia and Deputy Governor Andy Manar celebrated with Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship program graduates for the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA). Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship program works to diversify the construction trades while providing opportunities for historically underrepresented populations. Congratulations to HACIA’s graduates! Read more about Illinois Works here
    Upcoming Webinars and Events
    Online with OMEE- Overview of financial resources for small businesses
    Wednesday, August 3, 10:00am -11:00am Register here
    Is access to financial capital important for your business? Team OMEE will provide you with the latest updates on financial resources, federal and state programs, share information about other opportunities, and answer any questions you may have about your business. We'll take questions in English and Spanish.
    Don't forget to visit the 2022 Illinois State Fair! Get ready for 10 days of thrills and excitement at this family-friendly fair, featuring world renowned concert artists, food, carnival rides, a butter cow, and more! Stop by the Governors tent to see what is happening in the "Middle of Everything," grab a tourism guide and maybe even win a prize from one of our Illinois Makers!
    The 2022 Illinois State Fair runs from August 11th through August 21st.
    See you at the fair!
    Job Seeker Resources
    Virtual Job Fairs (VJF) and In-Person events are part of the GET HIRED initiative for locating hiring events and employment preparation.
    Check out the upcoming events here!
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