Gov. Pritzker releases 5-year economic plan outlining vision for job creation

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released a 5-year plan to create an economy in Illinois that they say “works for everyone.”

The plan is focused on fostering job creation, improving wages, building greater equity and attracting and supporting businesses.

“Since I took office in January, we’ve already begun making strides toward growing our state’s economy after years of neglect and intransigence. For the first time in nearly two decades, we’ve seen simultaneous strong job growth in every region of the state,” said Pritzker. “Underlying my vision is the fundamental principle of equity. No matter their zip code, every Illinoisan deserves economic opportunity. Where in the past sustainable and inclusive economic development has been elusive, instead I am committed to reinvigorating the most important foundational element of Illinois’ economy: our diverse and talented workforce.”

In addition to industry-specific strategies, the economic plan includes initiatives with the goal of spurring investment in communities of color, revitalizing downstate communities, attracting businesses and retaining young talent.

“Illinois already has all of the elements to be a leader in the global economy: a top-tier education system, a talented workforce and some of the most successful businesses in the world,” said Erin Guthrie, Acting Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “The initiatives outlined in the Economic Plan will catapult Illinois to become one of the most attractive economies to grow a business, attract talent, and invest in innovation.”

The full plan can be viewed online here.

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