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Both Oak Forest and Crestwood provide a strong environment for residential, commercial and industrial development. The communities continually strive to enhance their economic vitality and superior quality of life by ensuring top-notch development and redevelopment, protection of natural resources, continuous support in the business community and the maintenance attractive neighborhoods.

Many reasons contribute to the region’s economic draw – an excellent location near a major city and an extensive transportation network; the availability of a highly skilled and dedicated workforce; a high quality of life characterized by outstanding education, recreation, healthcare and residential options; and a number of business incentives and supportive business entities.

The City of Oak Forest’s Community Development Department offers three designated Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, as well as a Facade Assistance Program for eligible businesses. This city department is a significant resource for businesses in the area, offering these great incentives, along with assistance with planning and zoning, economic development, building and construction, and other services.

The Community Development Department works closely with the Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce – a tremendous asset to area businesses. The Chamber works diligently to strengthen Oak Forest and Crestwood’s economic vitality, and serves as a focal point for communication and networking opportunities between businesses and the community through a number of events, programs and services. Access available information by visiting www.oc-chamber.org, or contacting the Chamber by phone at 708-687-4600.

Further resources for business and economic development needs for area entities include the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Southland Development Corporation and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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