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The Economic Alliance works dilligently to report in a timely manner on things like local business expansion, new business development, new and enhanced development incentives, economic news and other items of interest to our community investors and investor prospects.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Kankakee MSA Ranked #1 in United States for Year-Over-Year Growth

Area Development magazine has ranked the Kankakee, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area first among 394 MSAs nationwide for year-over-year growth in its “Leading Metro Locations” Q2 2018 report. The foremost site and facility planning publication determined the ranking by reviewing 21 economic and workforce indicators pulled from seven data sets originating from three sources – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census American Community Survey and Emsi.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Alliance Partners with CGI Communications

The Economic Alliance is working in partnership with CGI Communications Inc and the County of Kankakee to produce a series of videos highlighting leading growth in the community’s industrial market along with local quality of life amenities, including in-demand education, recreation and housing opportunities.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Cybersecurity Defense Concentration Now Offered by ONU

Cybersecurity defense is now a concentration in the computer science major offered by the Department of Computer Science in the Martin D. Walker School of Engineering at Bourbonnais’ Olivet Nazarene University. Reed Hall of Science is the home for the university’s new cybersecurity lab. Enrollment is now open for fall 2018 to students who want to enter this demand discipline.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Released: 2017 Growth Numbers

The Economic Alliance tracks industrial growth in the Greater Chicago community of Kankakee County, Illinois, releasing the numbers annually to partners, investment prospects, the media and other community stakeholders. From 2014-2017, the community saw $1.5 billion in major capital investment.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nucor to Build Merchant Bar Mill at Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today that it will build a full-range merchant bar quality (MBQ) mill at its existing bar steel mill located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The MBQ mill will have an annual capacity of 500,000 tons and is expected to cost $180 million. The project will take approximately two years to complete.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brickstone Adds Brewing Capacity

This summer Brickstone Brewery is installing two new 300-barrel stainless steel fermentation tanks and a 150-barrel stainless steel bright tank into their production facility. To put that in perspective, a half-barrel of beer is 15.5 gallons, 124 pints or 165 12-ounce cans. These things hold a lot.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

DIG BOURBONNAIS Draws Greater Chicago Developers to Bears Camp

The Economic Alliance, in partnership with the Village of Bourbonnais and Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau, kicked off the 2017 7UP Chicago Bears Summer Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University with DIG BOURBONNAIS on August 2. Attendees included Greater Chicago industrial real estate brokers, site selectors, utility reps and other development partners along with local business leadership. Special thanks to celebrity guest, 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl champ and WBBM Newsradio play-by-play analyst for Chicago Bears Radio Tom Thayer!

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