Over the past decade, Cook County, Chicago, and Illinois made enormous strides in attracting venture capital and private equity investors to invest and conduct business in the County, City, and State while funding entrepreneurs and promising private companies. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago ranks highest among U.S. cities in generating the best investment returns from private companies that went public or were acquired over the decade ending in 2015.
As Commissioner, I believe that we can continue to be a force in the global economy through supporting broad-based growth for all sectors of business while identifying and confronting regional economic challenges. I also understands that we must work further our diligent work to elevate the Chicago metropolitan area as a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovators.
As Commissioner, I will continue to:
- Promote initiatives that encourage businesses to move jobs and innovation into Cook County;
- Work to support the modernization of our existing business infrastructure, including innovations in advance manufacturing, transportation and logistics; and
- Work to create and nurture an innovation mentality in Chicago to attract talent, keep businesses thriving, encourage entrepreneurs and increase job growth.