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The leading metro for 5-year employment and earnings growth in the Midwest, Kankakee County, Illinois, is ideally situated 45 miles south of Downtown Chicago along the I-57 Corridor. Ready access to interstate, rail, all utilities, fiber and workforce helps our diversified business community to thrive. A suite of stackable incentives supports targeted industrial, commercial and residential investment.

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Investment-ready Development Zones

With investment sites available across all of Kankakee County's 680 square miles, this tool offers a deeper dive into those that fall within three prime development areas.

News & Events

ComEd Receives National Recognition for Impact on Economic Development

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ranked in the top one percent of utilities across the United States, ComEd made infrastructure improvements that helped attract $2.7...

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New Law Brings Natural Gas Service to Pembroke Township

Monday, August 30, 2021

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law a bill that will bring natural gas and affordable energy options to the...

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New B2B Grants Available

Friday, August 13, 2021

Application portal opens August 18, 2021 for $250M in Back to Business (B2B) Grants for small businesses negatively impacted by...

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Veterans incentives plentiful in Kankakee County

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Ideally situated just 45 minutes south of Downtown Chicago along the I-57 corridor, Kankakee County boasts a diverse mix of...

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COVID-19 Business Relief

Deadline Oct.11,2021
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What is the B2B Grant?

The $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program aims to help small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic Alliance is serving as a Community Navigator to assist with the application process.

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Are you eligible?

Requirements -Operating as a business in 2019. - Revenues of $20 M or less in 2019 and you made less in 2020. ($35 M or less for hotels) - Priority given to hard hit industries, in a DIA, not received prior state or federal COVID funding.

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Required Information

Required Documents: - Business owner ID - Business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns - Two business bank statements – one from the period April through December 2020, and most recent statement.

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Application portal open August 18 - October 13, 2021. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will process all applications on a priority basis.

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