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Economic Development Committee

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



Matthew Bruce Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance
John Carpenter Choose DuPage
Peter Creticos Institute for Work and the Economy
Jonathan Furr Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
Bryan Gay Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development
Joanna Greene Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Reggie Greenwood South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
John Greuling Will County Center for Economic Development
Rand Haas Medusa Inc
Terrance Hall World Business Chicago
Emily Harris Chicago Community Trust
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
Kelly O'Brien Alliance for Regional Development
Kurtis Pozsgay Village of Bensonville
Lance Pressl Institute for Work and the Economy
John Reinert McHenry County Board
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


2018 Meeting Schedule

The 2018 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 22
  • ​Monday, March 26
  • Monday, June 25
  • ​Monday, October 22



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