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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

Learn more about the Bourbonnais Parkway Development Area

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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 four prime development areas.

News & Events

Learn How to Bid on Capital Development Board Project

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

This event, hosted by Kankakee Community College, will teach individuals how to bid on Capital Development Board (CDB) projects, how...

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New Cost of Living Numbers Released

Monday, June 3, 2024

Check out the latest cost of living numbers by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

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WKRDA Seeks Executive Director

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Will Kankakee Regional Development Authority is seeking assistance for the daily operation of the Development Authority.

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Kankakee County Receives $2.9M for Hwy 9 Improvements

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Kankakee County has been awarded $2.9 million to rebuild and modernize a local...

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Manufacturing hub rank among small communities across the US:
Local economy supported by manufacturing:
Total annual economic output from Kankakee County:
Local salaries & benefits in manufacturing:
Total Kankakee County manufacturing jobs (direct & indirect):
Exported annually from local businesses:
Average wage across all county manufacturing jobs: $ 93,834

Primary Business Sectors

Major primary business sectors within Kankakee County include life sciences, food processing, health care, metals and machining, renewable energy, hospitality, and transportation and logistics.

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High Paying Wages

$93,834 is the average wage across all manufacturing jobs in Kankakee County.

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Total Economic Input

Manufacturing in Illinois contributes a total economic input of between $580 billion and $611 billion annually, the largest contributor to the state’s gross domestic product of any industry.

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Gross Domestic Product

$6.6 billion in gross domestic product is produced and $1.6 billion is exported annually from Kankakee County.

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Supporting the Community

For every 10 jobs in manufacturing, three jobs are created elsewhere in Kankakee County. Manufacturing supports 1.7 million jobs across Illinois.

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Illinois' Manufacturing Base

65% of the manufacturing base in Illinois derives from the five major subsectors of Food and Agriculture Manufacturing, Metal Fabrication Manufacturing, Heavy Equipment Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and Transportation Equipment Manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Development Partners

The work done by manufacturing partners in Illinois allow for education, resources and advocacy for supporting our community. The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association work with employers to help grow the economic base of Kankakee County.

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Supply Chain Center

This center empowers local manufacturers to connect with nearby suppliers, collaborate and optimize operations. The partnership between the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and the Illinois Manufacturers Association allows for security and agility in the fact of global disruptions.

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