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Chicago Blackhawks CEO Shares Perspective on Building a Winning Culture with DuPage County Business Leaders

DuPage County Regional Business Outlook

Approximately 700 Area Business Leaders Attend 9th Annual DuPage County Regional Outlook Event 

 

Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough shared insights into leading a successful organization and building a winning culture before an audience of nearly 700 of the region's top business and civic leaders during the ninth annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook event on May 2 at the Drury Lane Conference Center. The annual event, hosted by Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance, Mesirow Financial, and Ice Miller LLP, brings together DuPage County's business owners and executives, government and education leaders, and other members of the local business community to learn insights about the current regional and national economic landscape, as well as to discuss best practices and growing potential in today's economy.  

 

During his dialogue with event moderator Lisa Leiter, chief content officer of the Executives' Club of Chicago, McDonough expressed the importance of making good hiring decisions. He also highlighted the value of cultivating a strong culture of loyalty, candor, and compassion within an organization, and building a team of people who will complement and enhance the company vision. 

DuPage County Regional Business Outlook

 

?The most important executive skill and the most underrated executive skill is hiring. If you don't hire well, I don't think you have a chance. You can have the greatest blue print for a really good course, but you have to hire the right people who complement and enhance what you have as an organization,? said McDonough.  ?Consistently, there is a sense in our organization of purpose, there is a very strong sense of humility, and it's important to be consistent about that.?

 

Prior to McDonough's remarks, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin opened the event via a video address offering a current snapshot of the positive local economic landscape in DuPage County.

 

?Last year in DuPage County, we had a number of significant new projects?companies that chose to move here, or undertook significant expansion projects and topped $1 million in investment, or added 20 or more new jobs,? said Cronin.  ?Just last year, more than 11,000 new jobs were created in DuPage County, bringing total employment to over 655,000. Our employment base is strong and growing.?

 

Following Cronin's opening remarks, Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Intersect Illinois, shared an update on the State of Illinois' economic development efforts, noting Illinois ranked third in the nation for economic development projects last year while current competition for economic prosperity is fierce. Chief Global Market Strategist for Invesco, Kristina Hooper, echoed the positive forecast in her global economic outlook presentation. While highlighting infrastructure spending as the fastest return on investment to solve economic development issues, she also advised investors to be prepared for greater change going forward in three key areas including monetary policy, geopolitics, and disruption driven by technological innovation. 

 

DuPage County Regional Business Outlook

 

Overall, this year's event highlighted DuPage County's thriving business climate and reinforced the spirit of innovation and opportunities throughout the business community. Choose DuPage continues to promote the region's diverse assets, economic strengths, and opportunities for investment in an effort to continue future economic development for the region.

 

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Why to Choose DuPage: Robust Job Market with Excellent Opportunities

2018 First Quarter Economic Indicators show opportunities coming, including hundreds in healthcare

 

Choose DuPage has released its 2018 First Quarter Economic Indicators Report outlining DuPage County's continued economic growth. While maintaining the lowest unemployment rate in the region, the average annual salary in DuPage County is higher than both the state and national average. Current employment opportunities in high-paying positions are also available in a wide range of industries throughout DuPage further showcasing it as an ideal location for businesses and job seekers looking to build a life in a thriving community. 

 

2018 First Quarter Economic Indicator Report Highlights:

 

  • DuPage County continues to maintain the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland region at 4.2%, lower than both the State of Illinois (5.0%) and United States (4.4%). 
  • Industrial vacancy rates are currently at 5.5%; office vacancy rates dropped to 15.3% from 17.5% during the same period last year. 
  • The average annual salary in DuPage County is approximately $62,000 ? higher than both the State of Illinois ($57,000) and United States ($54,000).  

 

Occupation Snapshot

 

Over the next year, the fastest growing industry in DuPage County is expected to be Healthcare Support Occupations with a +2.2% year-over-year rate of growth (adding 350 jobs). The next highest is Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations with 1.3% growth (adding 419 jobs), followed by Personal Care and Service with 1.3% growth (adding 257 jobs).

 

?DuPage County has consistently maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland region while we continue to bring new business development to the area,? said John Carpenter, president and CEO of Choose DuPage. ?The projected growth in the healthcare and personal care sectors alone will add close to 1,000 new jobs over the next year. Our market is robust and this is an exciting time DuPage County.?

 

The largest major occupation groups in DuPage County are Office and Administrative Support positions (106,367 workers), Sales and Related Occupations (71,836 workers), and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (49,322 workers). Occupations in the DuPage with the highest average wages per worker are in Management ($118,700), Legal  ($101,300), and Computer and Mathematical Occupations ($87,000).Measuring future job growth by the number of advertised open positions indicates  there are nearly 20,000 online job opportunities in DuPage for careers in the Computer & Mathematical field, followed by over 15,000 in Management, and tens of thousands more across various sectors in white collar and blue collar industries.

 

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