Chicago metro again tops nation in economic development

The Monee Amazon Warehouse Fulfillment Center was the latest in a series of investment deals by Amazon as it recently built a network of distribution centers in the Chicago area to meet the growing demand for online shopping. Photo courtesy of the Village on Monee.

The Chicago metro area, which includes Northwest Indiana, led the nation in corporate investment for the fourth straight year, according to Site Selection Magazine.

The Atlanta-based trade publication for the corporate real estate and economic development fields found the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which stretches from Indiana to Wisconsin, had 424 major projects with at least $1 million in investment, 20 new jobs or at least 20,000 square feet in 2016. The Chicago metro had nearly twice as many such investments last year as the second-place Dallas metro…Please click here to read Joseph S. Pete’s story in the Times.

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