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

The People’s Pitch for Amazon HQ2 is a diverse group of Chicagoans from across the city who are All In for Amazon. Amazon’s HQ2 is a game changer for Chicago. HQ2 will generate 50,000 jobs in the city and strengthen Chicago’s vibrant tech and innovation community. Companies across the city are thrilled [...]
Mon, Apr 30, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Following Decision to Locate Global Headquarters in Chicago Last Year Innovative Bank is Growing to 300 Employees Mayor Emanuel today joined iam bank founder and CEO Lee Travers to announce the company is expanding its Chicago headquarters to 300 employees. The move follows the company’s decision to locate its global headquarters [...]
Mon, Apr 02, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Innovative Healthcare Company Will Employ 250 in West Loop Neighborhood; Move Comes as Chicago is Named Nation’s Top Metro for Corporate Relocation for Fifth Straight Year Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined Aspen Dental Management to announce the company is locating a new headquarters in Chicago that will employ approximately 250 people. [...]
Mon, Mar 05, 2018, Continue reading at the source

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