Chicago Regional Growth Corporation

Chicago Regional Growth Corporation ("CRGC") is the regional economic development organization that drives collaboration between public and private sector partners to drive inclusive economic growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois.


CRGC (Chicago Regional Growth Corporation) is the regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. Through CRGC’s leadership, the region will speak and act with one voice.


CRGC is comprised of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties and the City of Chicago. The region is one of the world’s top ten most competitive economies, at the center of global trade routes with major assets in transportation infrastructure, information technology, manufacturing and more.


Cooperation, inclusion and diversity are core values of CRGC. Partnerships are vital to its success. CRGC is a bridge from local to state and federal resources and integral to prioritizing, aligning and coordinating economic development activities to increase the region’s competitiveness.


Regions grow most effectively when they are coordinated, equitable and inclusive. With one voice and a collective approach to inclusive economic development, CRGC will build a stronger and more prosperous region.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Marketing and Sales

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Operations and Logistics

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • International Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactThomas Hulseman
Address177 N. State Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone(312) 589-5789