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Enhance Economic Opportunities iconStrategic Goal:
Enhance Economic Opportunities Progress

Foster balanced growth and a diverse economy to provide living wage jobs, housing, and economic opportunities.

Employment Opportunity Program (EOP)

Lake County has enhanced its process for collecting L/W/MBE data that will assist the County in measuring success of the Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program. For example, there is now reporting criteria in all bid and RFP solicitations, and a new Bid Portal tracks L/W/MBE registered vendors. (To date, 11% of registered vendors are women owned, 9% are minority owned, and 20% have an office location in Lake County). EOP reporting requirements are also being added to all contracts through the annual contract renewal process, and soon the County will collect L/W/MBE staff and/or subcontractor information from vendors.

The County also continues to promote procurement opportunities through outreach activities. Examples include presentations to the February Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) event, and a meet and greet with local subcontractors to discuss the County’s Job Order Contracting (JOC) program.

Additionally, the County is connecting awarded contractors with Workforce Development to post any job opportunities in the county.

Marketing to Target Industries

To assist companies and site selection professionals with understanding our business climate, Lake County Partners (LCP) developed a brochure to highlight the area’s key features and demographic trends. The document illustrates the availability of a highly-educated and skilled talent base and the County’s commitment to funding a regional transportation system, expanding market access, and providing an unparalleled quality of life. Improving marketing functions for business attraction and retention is a key strategy in LCP’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). LCP is focusing on communicating Lake County’s assets—what we call “The Lake County Promise.” These include a highly educated workforce, top-ranking schools, global industry leaders, beautiful and diverse recreational areas, the right balance between work and plan, a gateway to global markets and a first-rate quality of life.

Delivering Lake County’s Value Proposition

LCP forged a partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Lake County (WIB) for business outreach and retention services that is helping to address the skills gap in Lake County’s key industry sectors of manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. This initiative will focus on long-term industry planning as it relates to talent attraction and job development and retention. Efforts will target companies with between 15 and 350 employees with the goals of enhancing business relationships, raising awareness of economic and workforce development needs, and increasing communication among core stakeholders. As a result, business outreach in Lake County will be streamlined, with LCP serving as the primary point of contact for businesses.

Strategic Goals: Enhance Economic Opportunities
Promote a Sustainable EnvironmentBuild Healthy & Resilient CommunitiesReduce Congestion & Improve TransportationProvide Public Safety

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