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Friday, September 1, 2023

Visit Kankakee County Tourism Contributes to Record Economic Growth in Illinois

Visit Kankakee County announced the area generated a local economic impact of $171.6 million and contributed to an increase in visitor spending across Illinois in 2022. In addition, this boost in tourism contributed $6.6 million in local tax revenue while directly supporting 1,229 jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry, according to the latest data provided by Tourism Economics, a global tourism research firm, which measures the number of visitors as well as their impact on Illinois’ economy during the 2022 calendar year.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Inaugural Kankakee County CEO Class Kicks Off

The new Kankakee County CEO program kicks off with several area high school students from Kankakee High School, Bishop McNamara High School, Momence High School, Trinity High School and St. Anne High School.

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Roundtable Series Set for September 21

We want to hear from you and your peers! Are your strategies for enhancing operational efficiency in motion? Could your operations benefit from the guidance of seasoned experts Discover invaluable insights from fellow manufacturers who have successfully implemented impactful practices. Plus, take an exclusive virtual tour of the cutting-edge KCC Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Center.

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Monday, August 7, 2023

State Celebrates With Several Events

Black Business Month campaign – developed to celebrate and support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs across Illinois. This monthlong celebration includes a webinar highlighting community leaders, organizations, and business enterprises throughout the state, stops on the Statewide Black Business Survey Roadshow, a campaign inviting Illinoisans to “Shop Black-owned Business Saturdays,” as well as company highlights via social media.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Governor Pritzker Signs South Suburban Airport Bill

HB 2531, signed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to start the prequalification process for entering public-private agreements established in the South Suburban Airport Act.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) Grant Opportunity Open

The Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the second round of the CTAP (Community Tourism Action Plan) grant opportunity is open! Grants are available to help both small or large Kankakee County visitor-centric projects across the finish line, and any public, private or non-profit organization can apply.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Spanish Small Business Workshop on Accessing Resources

La Agencia de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario (ECDA) de la Ciudad de Kankakee realizará un taller para negocios pequeños el martes, agosto 1, 2023 de 5:00 P.M. a 6:30
P.M. en la oficina de ECDA (200 East Court Street, Suite 410, Kankakee). **** The City of Kankakee Economic and Community Development Agency
(ECDA) will hold a Small Business Workshop on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the
ECDA Office (200 E Court Street, Suite 410, Kankakee).

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