"Makers on the Move" Spotlights Grundy County's Hoffman Transportation
On October 12, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association brought their Makers on the Move tour to Grundy County's own Hoffman Transportation. In business for 43 years, Hoffman Transportation plays a key role in the manufacturing supply chain in our region, bringing manufacturers the raw materials they need to make a wide array of finished products.
Throughout the month of October, the Makers on the Move tour bus travels all around Illinois visiting manufacturing facilities and educational institutions to promote innovation and job opportunities within the manufacturing sector. Click here to learn more!
World’s Largest Nuclear Hydrogen Production Facility Next Door
Last week the Midwest Alliance of Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) announced it received approximately $1 billion in funding to establish a Midwest Hydrogen Hub. As a follow-up, Constellation issued a press release indicating it will use a portion of the hub funding to build the world's largest nuclear-powered clean hydrogen production facility at its LaSalle Clean Energy Center in Illinois. The project will produce an estimated 33,450 tons of clean hydrogen each year and create thousands of good-paying jobs. To read Constellation's press release, click here. To read the White House's press release, click here.
Full House for GEDC Marketing Event
Brokers and developers working in the I-80 Market joined local leaders, industrial partners, and the GEDC on October 11th for our annual Industrial Market Breakfast in Oakbrook Terrace.
More than seventy attendees heard from ComEd's Ed Sitar and John McCann about how significant power demands are key features of recent prospect activity. Ridgeline Property Development's Ben Harris provided a market update, and Nancy shared insights on recent development activity from the GEDC's perspective. The morning concluded with an overview of key industrial sites available in Grundy.
Measuring Prosperity in Grundy
The GEDC and the Grundy County Chamber's grant-funded work to develop an Economic Diversification Plan for Grundy County is generating helpful insights into our economy.
The recently released Grundy County Economic Overview by the University of Michigan's Economic Growth Institue confirms that many key economic indicators in Grundy County are positive compared to the nation, the state, and surrounding counties. Read the full report at ResilientGrundy.com.
Planning for Grundy's Future
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Economic Resilience and Diversification Planning
The first stage of the Grundy Resiliency Project is complete!
Visit ResilientGrundy.com to read the recently-released Economic Overview of Grundy County, prepared by the University of Michigan's Economic Growth Institute.
This Economic Overview provides the baseline data needed to take the next step: developing an Economic Diversification and Resilience Plan for Grundy.
Stay tuned as we collaborate with experts, stakeholders, community leaders, and the public to develop a strategic plan for our local economy.
Countywide Transportation Planning
Over 300 individuals completed the Grundy Moves survey. Thank you to those who provided input as the County's future transportation needs are identified and prioritized.
The final plan is in the works, and it will identify potential transportation improvement projects and investment priorities to maintain quality of life for Grundy County residents into the future.
A virtual open house to share the full transportation improvement plan is anticipated this winter. Follow the project's progress at GrundyMoves.com.
Prospects and Projects
Project Rise - A green energy prospect is seeking a site with rail access. Multiple sites in Grundy were submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Project Future - A carbon-neutral synthetic fuel producer is seeking a greenfield site. A Grundy site was submitted to Intersect Illinois.
Help better prepare Grundy's students for employment within local businesses and industry by sharing your input! The State of Illinois, Joliet Junior College, and the Grundy Area Vocational Center (GAVC) are seeking feedback from local businesses and partners to help shape future programming.To complete the brief survey, click here.
Morris Community High School is seeking community input on a community-developed facility plan and is hosting open houses on October 21, 23, and 25. Click here for more information.
Illinois Valley Industries is a nonprofit agency that provides vocational training to adults with disabilities in Grundy County. It is seeking innovative business partnerships for its in-house work program in Morris that will allow more people with disabilities hands-on opportunities to participate in the workforce. Interested businesses are encouraged to contact Executive Director Stephanie Kessler at 815-942-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would extra people power help you tackle needs in your community next year? AmeriCorps NCCC is seeking nonprofit and governmental agency partners for its 2024 timeframes. Partners design a project to address an identified community need, and AmeriCorps sends a team of 8-12 young adults to be the people power behind it by living and serving in that community. Click here to learn more.