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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Micromobility Rides into Kankakee County

Bike-sharing systems are among the more visible urban transportation trends in the country today,
and Kankakee County is no exception. Its bike-sharing program, now almost a year old, has grown on par with
similar programs in cities like Winston-Salem, N.C., Dearborn, Mich. and Bend, Ore.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Careers with River Valley Metro Kankakee

“When ‘I just need a job’ turns into a career.” When local Kankakee County residents, Siron and Tim,
needed new employment options, they turned to River Valley Metro. Now they are both enjoying
successful and sustainable career paths.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Que Kankakee: Public Transit

As the largest public transit agency in Kankakee County, River Valley Metro has been a study in quiet
reliability — so much so that it’s almost incognito for those who don’t take its roughly 900,000 rides each year.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Drive on! Alliance Supports New Documentary Film Duo for PBS

The Economic Alliance of Kankakee County proudly supports Selling Happiness and The Lively One, twin PBS-slated documentaries by acclaimed filmmakers Tom Desch and Pat Wisniewski with Lakeshore Public Media that recount the thrilling story of how Kankakee’s Romy Hammes and his descendants developed new promotional, service and financing models that brought the automobile to the masses in its earliest days of production.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

How Remote Workers Work

A tremendous rise in U.S. co-working spaces reflects the increasing amount of remote workers in the workplace. This increase can be attributed to a variety of factors including the high cost of living in most cities.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Remote Workers on the Rise

As more advanced technology enters the workplace, many United States employees are seeking positions that allow them to work remotely. Companies and employers are starting to shift their recruitment methods in order to accommodate this new trend in the workplace.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Cue Kankakee: Remote Working

Kankakee County sees opportunity in the growing economic trend of remote workers. Many Chicago-land employees are seeking a reduced cost of living and a more family-friendly area that can be found in Kankakee County by working remotely.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Gluten-free Pizza Maker Urban Farmer Expands in Manteno, Illinois

With further growth on the horizon in the gluten-free space, pizza maker Urban Farmer has announced the expansion of its Manteno, Illinois, headquarters with the purchase of an existing industrial property at 1551 N. Boudreau Road. The 111,000 square foot facility will supplement UF’s original 50,000 square foot headquarters. With this expansion, UF’s total employee count is expected to reach 350 in 2019.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kankakee MSA Up 51 Points, #1 Small Metro in IL Again in 2018

Kankakee Metropolitan Statistical Area has kept it’s number one ranking as the #1 Small Metro in Illinois in 2018 and has also jumped from 77 to 26 among 201 small metros nationwide in the “Best-Performing Cities Index” published by the Milken Institute in January 2019. Included in article are other economic indicators and rankings for Kankakee MSA in recent quarters.

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