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Economic Development Committee

On January 12, 2011 the CMAP Board approved changes to CMAP's committee structure to aid the implementation of GO TO 2040. As a result, the Economic and Community Development committee will now be known as the Economic Development committee. Please update your bookmarks and information as needed.

Committee Mission & Charge

The mission of the CMAP Economic Development Committee is to promote economic & workforce development policies, best practices, and research that foster sustainable growth and regional coordination.  Further, the committee will advance the recommendations of GO TO 2040 for economic development through research and recommendations around regional industry clusters, tax policies, workforce development, innovation as well as the broader range of infrastructure, land use, and governance policies that lead to sustainable regional prosperity.

This committee is charged with the following activities in support of economic development for the CMAP region:

  • Provide feedback to staff and the coordinating committees on CMAP projects, research, and analyses as they relate to regional economic development issues.
  • Provide critical review of CMAP draft reports and their underlying research on proposed regional plans, projects, and policies.
  • Serve as a discussion forum for regionally important issues in economic development, innovation, and workforce planning and policy.
  • Coordinate and prioritize policy positions, programs, and advocacy between CMAP and other organizations.
  • Identify relevant economic development best practices in the CMAP region and encourage their adoption by CMAP partners.
  • Convene economic development stakeholders to help formulate and implement policies and plans consistent with best practice and the GO TO 2040 Plan.

Adopted May 8, 2014



John Carpenter Choose DuPage
Peter Creticos Institute for Work and the Economy
Amy Ellingson World Business Chicago
Katie Fitzpatrick Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
JoAnna Greene Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Reggie Greenwood South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
John Grueling Will County Center for Economic Development
Rand Haas Medusa Inc
Emily Harris Harris Strategies
Michael Jasso Cook County
Bret Johnson Northwestern University Transportation Center
Jason Keller, vice chair Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Gretchen Kosarko RW Ventures
Judith Kossy Policy Planning Partners
Kevin Kramer Village of Hoffman Estates
Jeffey Margolis Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kelly O'Brien Alliance for Regional Development
Kurtis Pozsgay Village of Bensonville
Lance Pressl Institute for Work and the Economy
Nick Provenzano McHenry County & Office of the Hon. Randall Hultgren, Member of Congress
Ayom Siengo United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Ed Sitar ComEd
Gary Skoog Golden Corridor
Christine Sobek, chair Waubonsee Community College
Carrie Thomas Chicago Jobs Council


2016 Meeting Schedule

The 2016 meeting schedule is below. All meetings will be held from 9:30 to 11:30am. For more information, see CMAP's calendar. Meeting materials are available here

  • Monday, January 25
  • ​Monday, March 28 
  • Monday, May 16 at 10:00am ***Special joint meeting with Freight Committee***
  • Monday, June 27
  • ​Monday, September 26
  • Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00am ***Special joint meeting with Land Use Committee***

Additionally, two site visits are scheduled.

  • Monday, April 25 (O'Hare International Airport)
  • Monday, October 24 (Downtown Aurora)



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