Will County Economic Development
Why Will County?
With its strategic location, access to global markets, and impressive quality of life, Will County continues to have much to offer to both businesses and residents.
- Job creation is more than double the national average; Will County added more than 30,000 jobs between 2015 and 2020 in a variety of industries including transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food, manufacturing, health care, construction and retail.
- Office & retail occupancy at historic highs
- Home price increases year over year
- Leading the Midwest in industrial real estate development with over 200 million total square feet; 14 million square feet delivered in 2020,
- Home to the region's largest industrial deals of 2020 including:
- Harbor Freight DC / 1.6 million sf build-to-suit - Joliet
- Amazon / 1.2 million sf build-to-suit - University Park
- Amazon / 1 million sf build-to-suit - Channahon
- CJ Logistics (Cardinal Health) / 1 million sf lease - Channahon
- Target / 1.2 million sf lease - Joliet
- Amazon / 810,900 sf lease - Wilmington
- Diageo / 1.5 million square foot build to suit - Plainfield
- Four strong industrial development corridors:
- Three hospitals and a robust system combine to make healthcare one of the County's largest employment sectors.
- Home to several institutions of higher learning including a state university, two leading mid-size private non-profit universities, a nationally-recognized junior college, and three for-profit college campuses.
- Impactful workforce initiatives targeting math, science, technological innovation, and workplace readiness for youth.
- Outstanding public school districts, wide ranging housing opportunities, excellent recreation, entertainment, and shopping destinations.
- Will County Forest Preserve managing 22,000 acres of land and 116 miles of trails for recreational enjoyment.
If your business is currently in Will County or looking to relocate, CED staff invite you to contact them to discuss "Why Will County?"
Reach out to Doug Pryor, Vice President of Economic Development directly at 815-774-6065.