About Us

The Alliance for Regional Development is a groundbreaking, cross-sector coalition of high-level leaders working to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Chicago’s tri-state region.


Our critically important regional work is guided by an Executive Committee and Management Team representing northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana.


Our work is supported by a foundational grant from the U.S. EDA and by the generous sponsorship of key public, private, and institutional stakeholders throughout the region.

Alliance Working Teams

The Alliance organizes Working Teams of cross-sector leaders from all three states in the areas of Green Growth, Human Capital, Innovation, and Transportation & Logistics.

Annual Summits

The Alliance, in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, hosts Summits for Regional Competitiveness annually. These high-profile events bring public officials and leaders of industry together to unlock the economic potential of the Tri-State region.


Our aim is to provide a coordinated response to and a strategic implementation of the recommendations of an international OECD review of Chicago’s tri-state economy.

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