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Mayor Richard Reinbold introduces Gina Trimarco at the fall quarterly forum held at Prairie State College.

Mayor Richard Reinbold introduces Gina Trimarco at the fall quarterly forum held at Prairie State College.


Manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, nature guides, broadband  fiber and data centers were among the topics discussed at the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation’s fall quarterly forum held Oct. 24 at Prairie State College.

Prairie State College President Dr. Terri Winfree provided an update regarding today’s manufacturing environment, and reported feedback from employers and explained how PSC will fill the workers gap. Click here to view the presentation slides.

Cook County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Maria Choca Urban discussed Cook County’s first long range transportation plan in 70 years, Connecting Cook County. The long range plan is multi-modal and identifies policy and capital priorities that better meet municipal needs and investments so that our transportation system underpins and fosters business growth, job creation and more livable communities.  The plan is being developed, in part, with input from the Phase II Survey, which seeks to identify transportation priorities and evaluate alternatives.  The survey can be found at connectingcookcounty.org or at a kiosk station. Click here  for kiosk locations. Click here to view the presentation slides.

Bluestem Communications Executive Director Jennifer Browning introduced a new nature guide book, “Explore the Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet Region.” Click here to download a pdf.

TranSystems, Green  Associate  Gina Trimarco, discussed  the  IL Route 394  and IL Route 1 Corridor Study  which addresses land use, economic development and transportation opportunities in the  20 mile corridor  extending from Interstate 80 on the north to the Will-Kankakee County line. Click here to view the presentation slides. The public is invited to share their ideas at a meeting on Nov. 12, 2014, 4-7 p.m. at Balmoral Park Racetrack, 26435 S. Dixie Highway, Crete, IL. Click here to view the meeting flyer.

Rusty Winchel, Northern Illinois University’s Broadband Development Group senior consultant and Chicago Southland Fiber Network project coordinator, announced that the first phase of fiber construction is complete and the Chicago Southland Fiber Network is ready to provide carrier fiber broadband services to communities along the 1-57 corridor.

Urbancom.net and Urban Communications Inc. President and CEO Edmund G. Urban,  III  discussed  the  launch of  the  new Chicago  Southland  Fiber  Network  bringing lightning fast data transmission speeds  to  the Southland, and their new tier 3 data center in Oak Forest.  The data center will support the operation of the CSFN and provide cloud storage for disaster recovery, hosted cloud computing, VoIP, and co-location of servers. Click here to view the presentation slides.

We are most thankful to Richton Park Mayor Richard Reinbold for being an excellent master of ceremonies for the event, and for all the presenters who shared information that is vital to economic growth in the Southland.

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