Will County is an ideal place to conduct business. Its convenient location, nearby major markets and excellent transportation systems, help to maintain a steady stream of business into the area. A highly skilled labor force, established corporations, supportive government and new development opportunities are just a few of the advantages of doing business here.
The Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone was created in 1983 and offers several financial incentives to attract commercial and industrial investment, including 10-year property tax abatement on all real improvements; state and local sales tax exemption on building materials; waiver of building, zoning and inspection fees; waiver or reduction of industrial revenue bond issuer fee; employment services, job training programs and on-the-job training grants; and an incubator program for new start-up companies. The State of Illinois offers additional tax incentives through the Enterprise Zone.
Will County’s long history as an industrial powerhouse in the state is second to none. In Joliet alone there are over 350 manufacturers that produce more than 1,800 different products; the long list includes such diverse commodities as petroleum products and gaming equipment, steel rods and paper products, tanks and wire and machinery for road building and packaging.
Will County’s transportation network (with the nearby I-80 interchange and quick access to I-57, I-294, I-55, and I-94) allows expedient delivery of goods and services. The extension of I-355 in 2007 will greatly benefit Will County businesses as well. The Illinois Deep Waterway, or Chicago Ship Canal, is used to transport shipments of coal, fuel oil, chemicals, grain and a variety of manufactured goods.
Top occupational fields in Will County include healthcare, education, gaming and construction. Investors will find highly competitive real estate, a range of improved lots from which to choose, and a close-knit community with a strong work ethic, professional pride, and the necessary skills.
A diversified, consolidated, stable, and environmentally compatible industrial tax base and employment resource suited to the needs of the county is a long-term priority. County leaders seek to locate industrial development to minimize potential conflicts between incompatible uses, provide adequate buffering of industrial uses, and provide industrial sites that are sensitive to the space, access, and utility needs of a wide range of industrial establishments.