Maintaining an economically viable and sustainable community is a primary focus for Mayor David A. Gonzalez. Most recently, the creation of the nonprofit Chicago Heights Development Corporation continues the drive to encourage a strong local economy. The CHDC shares a common goal with the City of Chicago Heights: provide residents with the opportunity to share in the growth of the city and enjoy the benefits of a thriving local economy.
Jack Hynes, Economic Development Consultant for the City of Chicago Heights, is collaborating with the CHDC to cultivate economic sustainability by retaining and attracting the investments that will help develop and revitalize commercial and residential neighborhoods. In recent months, residents of Chicago Heights have seen an increase in both job opportunities and retail options. At the major commercial corridors near both the north entrance and west entrance to the city, new businesses have opened (or are in the process of opening) that will diversify the tax base and strengthen the City’s economy.
In the past year and a half, over $80 million in commercial rehabilitation, expansion, purchases, and construction projects have begun in the City. When combined with the industrial expansions, purchases and construction projects, well over $100 million has come into the City of Chicago Heights. In turn, over 100 full time and part time jobs have been created in the commercial and industrial areas.