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The Village of Romeoville considers itself to be a place “Where Community Matters,” placing value on its past and present partnerships with the business community and delivering on its promises.

This is what has helped the village of 40,000 residents to become a premiere site for commercial and industrial development, offering convenient access to major transportation routes, development potential and an expanding pool of skilled employees.

More than 600 businesses are currently located in Romeoville. Since 2009, Romeoville has added more than 1 million square feet of new commercial development. The village also has been recognized for the most jobs created for any organization of its size by adding 1,560 new jobs between 2012 and 2013.

Romeoville boasts an attractive location, centrally located 26 miles southwest of Chicago. The village is highly accessible, featuring the Lewis University Airport and close proximity to interstates 55 and 355 and Route 53. The village also continues its commitment to im-prove existing routes, such as reconstructing the Weber Road and Interstate 55 interchange and securing additional modes of transportation for residents and businesses, including plans to open a new Metra station.

The village also is home to the Joliet Regional Port District Airport, which provides commercial, industrial, institutional and personal aviation services to Will County. More than $75 million has been invested in the facility to help meet the needs of corporate air crafts.

Businesses within Romeoville can draw from pools of employee talent from local colleges, including Lewis University, Rasmussen College, Joliet Junior College and a number of technical schools. These educational institutions produce qualified individuals who can succeed in positions of high demand and help add to the economic strength of the community.

Over the past 10 years, the village has made a significant investment, $83 million in its public infrastructure. One of these efforts was to revitalize its Uptown Square. Although Romeoville lacked a traditional downtown area, the village has a 40-acre established site that is defined as Uptown Square. Seeing much of the retail development within that area migrate westward, staff and community stakeholders worked to transform this underutilized area into a vibrant place that now serves the village and has village-wide appeal.

The Village of Romeoville sees the importance of attracting as well as retaining business and offers various forms of assistance and development incentives to do so. These are designed to help the village achieve its long-term goals to expand the property and sales tax base as well as provide new jobs and enhance quality of life in the community while also meet the cost concerns of businesses.

Understanding that part of retaining and expanding existing businesses is learning to listen, the village makes it a priority to learn about issues business owners are facing. By interviewing business owners and analyzing the results, the village then develops recommendations for policies and programs.

In 2014, Romeoville was one of six villages across the state to receive the Economic Development Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council. The village was recognized for the Peacock Engineering expansion. The Peacock Engineering Company, LLC headquartered in Geneva, Illinois, added over 500,000 square feet of space to its existing portfolio of four facilities for a total of 1.9 million square feet by leasing a facility in Romeoville. This is the second time Romeoville has received this award.

The future of Romeoville is positive, looking forward to new retail developments, improved infrastructure and an enhanced transportation system.

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