Economic Development Committee

Economic Development Committee

The CMAP Economic Development Committee promotes economic & workforce development policies, best practices, and research that foster sustainable growth and regional coordination.  Further, the committee will advance the recommendations of ON TO 2050 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.

The committee's charge is to:

  • 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 ON TO 2050 Plan.


The 2019 meeting schedule is below. All meetings will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, see CMAP's calendar

  • Monday, January 28
  • Monday, March 25
  • Monday, June 24
  • ​Monday, October 28


See the current and archived meeting materials.



Dionne Baux National Main Street Center
Matt Bruce Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance
Lisa Castillo Richmond Partnership for College Completion
Peter Creticos Institute for Work and the Economy
Kristi DeLaurentiis South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
Xochitl Flores Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Jonathan Furr Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
Bryan Gay Invest Aurora
John Greuling Will County Center for Economic Development
Terrance Hall World Business Chicago
Emily Harris Harris Strategies
Matt Hillen Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Michael Horsting Regional Transportation Authority
Jason Keller, vice chair Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Gretchen Kleinert Chicago TREND
Kevin Kramer Village of Hoffman Estates
Joey Mak Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Kelly O'Brien Alliance for Regional Development
Henry Pierce ComEd
Lance Pressl IIT Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
John Reinert McHenry County Board


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