[Hoffman Estates, IL, Feb 28, 2024] – The Southland Development Authority (SDA) is proud to announce its participation in the notable “Future of the Chicago Suburbs” event, hosted at Bell Works in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on February 28, 2024 by Bisnow. The event, a cornerstone in suburban development discussions, featured a distinguished keynote address by Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Emphasizing the organization’s commitment to regional growth, SDA’s CEO Bo Kemp contributed to the Future-Proofing Suburban Development Panel.

President Preckwinkle’s keynote address highlighted the collaborative efforts between the Southland Development Authority and Cook County, particularly focusing on their shared commitment to empowering small and mid-sized, minority-owned businesses in the South Suburbs. This partnership has been instrumental in implementing initiatives which are designed to bolster local businesses, fostering economic and community development. For more information and resources, small businesses in Cook County can visit the Cook County Small Business Source website at https://cookcountysmallbiz.org/, which offers a wealth of support and guidance. 

The event served as a platform for experts to discuss the pressing economic and demographic trends impacting suburban development. A highlight of the discussion was the increasing demand for mixed-use spaces, blending residential, commercial, and recreational elements, and the evolving dynamics of office spaces in response to changing work patterns.

A significant focus was placed on the role of public-private partnerships in developing a thriving suburban ecosystem. As the event concluded, insights and advice were shared with municipal planners and operators, underscoring the importance of synergy between the public and private sectors in shaping the future of suburban areas.

SDA’s involvement in this impactful event underlines its dedication to driving positive change and enhancing the economic resilience and diversity of the region. For more information about SDA and its initiatives, please visit the SDA website

About Southland Development Authority

The Southland Development Authority is a nonprofit business organization launched in 2019 by business, civic, and political leaders from around the Southland who recognize the potential of the region’s people, businesses, and real estate. Our mission is to bring the resources and capacity needed to achieve transformative, inclusive economic growth for the south suburbs with a focus on investments in the Southland’s communities, industry, housing, and workforce.

We work steadfastly to connect Southland business owners, investors, and individuals with key resources to operate and thrive in the region, from equipping mid-size and small businesses in our Business Growth services Program with customized advice and consulting services, to helping local residents access the tools needed to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. With a deep institutional knowledge of the Southland’s people, markets, and history and our multifaceted, experienced team, the Southland Development Authority is a powerful partner for any individual, business, or investor.