Successful economic development depends on improving the region’s competitiveness as a place to do business by increasing the productivity of regional economic assets, including existing firms and workers. Clusters provide a framework for better organizing the many public policies and investments already directed toward economic opportunity and growth. Doing so requires a more detailed understanding of specialized clusters present in northeastern Illinois, and of their unique, often-multijurisdictional needs. Building on momentum from the private sector, this research should aim to serve as a basis for convening industry leadership and identifying initial opportunities for high-impact, cross-cutting collaboration.

Action 1

Continue to analyze globally traded clusters and apply findings on their unique transportation, land use, innovation, and human capital( The skills, knowledge, experience, and ingenuity of the region’s residents ) needs in local and sub-regional plans.

Implementers

CMAP and research partners

Action 2

Provide guidance to local partners on best practices for zoning, development, transportation investments, and other tactics that support traded cluster growth.

Implementers

CMAP and research partners