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The Greater Waukegan Development Coalition, now GWDC, is a community development organization that fosters economic development in economically challenged communities. Because research has found that no one initiative or program can revitalize a community on its own, GWDC focuses on holistic economic and community development grounded in the values and resources of each community. We currently run eight programs focused on revitalizing the economy in the greater Chicago region—and beyond.

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“The Village of Lake Zurich has been an active member of Select Chicago since 2017, with the value of membership increasing every year… the opportunity for networking and establishing long-term relationships with trade officials from other countries allows SelectChicago members access to international decision-makers at a fraction of the cost of trying to go it alone.”
Roy Witherow
Village of Lake Zurich
"The [Lake Couty Tech Hub] Boost Accelerator program helped me think more strategically about my business’ goals and growth trajectory. It helped me consider which goals to set, what roles would be filled within the business and what professional resources I needed to outsource. And it connected me to experts in the field of small business development that I continue to rely on."
Carrie Espinosa
Horizon Benefit Services
"My organization has a close relationship with SelectChicago. SelectChicago is one of our key partners in assisting Polish companies with their successful expansion to the Chicagoland area. This partnership was particularly effective in the Poland-Chicago Technology Bridge initiative that was launched in 2020. We look forward to continuing this unique cooperation."
Michal Rzeznik
Polish Investment & Trade Agency