Business Attraction & Retention

Adding jobs by helping businesses grow; WBC’s business development unit works with hundreds of companies considering a Chicago expansion or relocation

Goals

Position Chicago

as the location of choice for international and domestic companies

Develop Business Services

that provide the right mix to support the needs of headquarters and other businesses

Build Strong Relationships

with real estate, and economic development agencies

Accomplishments

Site Selection Magazine

chose Chicago as “Top Metro for Corporate Expansions and Relocations” in 2014 for a second year in a row

#1

“Top Metro for Corporate Expansions and Relocations”

32

companies have relocated their headquarters to Chicago since 2011

Headquarters Choose Chicago

Chicago's unrivaled talent pool, central location, strong & diverse economy, uniquely welcoming business community, & quality-of-life to cost-of-living ratio have drawn many companies to locate here.

2014 Site Selection Top Metros by Number of Projects*

*Criteria for Site Selection projects, which we refer to as “Major business expansions”: New and expanding companies in the 14-county Chicago region that meet at least one of these criteria: $1 million investment, a net gain of 20,000 sq ft, and a net gain of 20 jobs.

Opportunity for Engagement

Our business development team is always available to discuss relocations and expansions.
If you’re interested, please contact us.

Partners

Area Universities | Chicago Consular Corps | The Chicago Council on Global Affairs | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce | Choose Chicago | City of Chicago | Cook County | Deloitte | Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity | Metro Economic Growth Alliance of Chicago | Metropolitan Mayors Caucus | Real Estate and Site Selection Professionals | U.S. Department of Commerce | WBC Board of Directors

Firm Attraction & Retention News

Site Selection Magazine Recognized Chicago for Leading the Nation in Corporate Investment in 2017 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago (WBC) today announced that for the fourth consecutive year, Chicago ranked as the “Top Metro” in the United States for corporate investment by Site Selection Magazine. In 2016, the Chicago metro [...]
Wed, Mar 01, 2017, Continue reading at the source
World’s largest consumer battery manufacturer brings executive office, while iconic sports brand brings global headquarters DURACELL Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that Duracell is establishing its executive offices at 181 West Madison St. in Chicago’s Loop. Duracell is the largest consumer battery manufacturer in the world and has grown to be the [...]
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, Continue reading at the source
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Duracell is establishing its executive offices at 181 West Madison St. in Chicago’s Loop business district. Duracell is the largest consumer battery manufacturer in the world and has grown to be the leader in the single-use battery market in North America. The move will [...]
Thu, Sep 15, 2016, Continue reading at the source

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