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The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is committed to strengthening security by creating partnerships with state and local governments, transit agencies and the private sector and, most critically, the communities they serve. At this meeting, John Kiser, Regional Coordinator for Cook County Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and other members of his team, will discuss the County’s security & emergency management programs, answer questions regarding “what to do” when emergencies occur, and provide a tour of their Oak Forest Operations Center.
(Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m., Presentation + Tour 12:00 p.m.)
$30 for Members with RSVP's & $50 for All Others
SPACE IS LIMITED---- RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
President & Executive Director
Environmental Law & Policy Center
Howard A. Learner is an experienced attorney who serves as the President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center – the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform for ELPC’s successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to global warming problems, improving the Midwest’s environmental quality, and preserving the region’s natural resources and heritage. One of ELPC’s premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Come and hear Mr. Learner’s thought-provoking presentation on:
- Electricity Game Changers: Cleaner, Greener & More Decentralized
- The Future of Oil, Solar Power & Wind Power
- Eco-Business Innovation & Dealmaking
- Transportation Challenges of the Future
- Renewable Energy Efficiency Legislation
- Energy Sustainability
- Our Biggest Environmental Challenges
- Saying “Yes” to Better Solutions
For RSVP’s by April 23rd -$40 for Members & $60 for All Others
For RSVPs after April 23rd - $50 for Members & $70 for All Others
Walk-In (s) at event-$60 for Members & $80 for All Others
On March 6th, the Calumet Area Industrial Commission welcomed back William Strauss, Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for his annual presentation on the current status & projections for the U.S. & Midwest economy, including the manufacturing sector. To review his presentation, please click on the below link.
Rich Berger is the VP Engineering, Food Supply, at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drink for people on-the-go. Guided by the company’s five bottom lines – Sustaining our Brands, our Business, our People, our Community and the Planet – he oversees the design and build of Clif Bar’s self-manufacturing facilities. Clif Bar recently opened a $90M, 300,000 ft2 Twin Falls, ID one-of-a-kind, sustainability-focused bakery that intentionally uses biophilic design, a cutting-edge approach to design that connects people in buildings with nature and the well-being it provides
Box lunches will be served.
Price: $20 for Members with RSVPs -- $30 All Others
Please join CAIC as its Board Member, Clayton Harris III, Executive Director for the Illinois International Port District, will discuss the release of a RFI involving future real estate development opportunities at the port, including hospitality & recreational uses. With ownership of approximately 1,800 acres of land near Lake Calumet & Lake Michigan, the Port leases space to a range of industrial & warehouse companies as well as owns the Harborside International Golf facility & Center.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris was Midwest Director of Government Affairs for the environmental & engineering firm CH2M, and also had stints as Chief of Staff for the State of Illinois and at the Illinois DOT & Counsel at the Chicago DOT, among other government positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law.
For its 2018 Kick-Off Membership Luncheon, the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) welcomes Geoffrey Kasselman, CEO & Founder of Op2mize Energy Advisors. Mr. Kasselman will talk about future technology and its impact on industry.
As an innovation-minded futurist, Mr. Kasselman is focused on identifying new technological opportunities for commercial real estate industry. He has traveled the globe studying smart buildings and smart cities; provides mentoring to several tech startups; sits on various tech firm advisory boards; and he is a prominent national speaker and accomplished author on a variety of topics including economic trends, innovation, sustainability and the exponential future of commercial real estate.
50th Annual Luncheon
A Half Century & Going Strong!
John F. Kwant
Vice President, City Solutions
Ford Smart Mobility
A Subsidiary of Ford Motor Company
How do we take the “City of Tomorrow” from fantasy to reality? Populations are steadily climbing, with most concentrated in already jam-packed cities. Moving from one place to another is getting more difficult, and aging transportation systems are failing. Solutions are needed to maintain people’s freedom to move.
CAIC is excited to announce that John F. Kwant, Vice President, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company will be its Annual Luncheon keynote speaker. John, whose resume includes several prior key U.S. & international leadership roles at the company, now leads Ford’s global efforts to partner with municipalities to help bring the “City of Tomorrow” to life by identifying key urban mobility needs and developing & implementing solutions in cities worldwide. To truly understand what a city needs to move people & goods more efficiently, the discussion must focus on a wide range of issues facing cities, from modernizing power grids to implementing new technology such as autonomous vehicles. John’s presentation is a “not-to-be-missed” event!
2017 Annual Luncheon Sponsors
Join us for a presentation by Tim Hennelly, President of Great Lakes Region for Ryan Companies, about Pullman Crossings, a new 62-acre industrial park at I-94 and 103rd Street,which Ryan Companies is launching with CAIC Board Member Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives. This parcel is one of the largest undeveloped land sites within 20 minutes of the Chicago Loop.
The industrial park will be capable of accommodating the construction of up to 1.2 million square feet in warehouse & distribution space that could lead to the generation of 1,000 full-time jobs & $100 million of investment in the Pullman and Greater Calumet Region.
Thursday, November 16th
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pullman Visitor Center
Members: $15 per person
Non-Members: $20 per person
Attend this event to hear the latest on Calumet Area environmental issues and challenges facing the Illinois EPA!
Alec Messina was appointed Director of the Illinois EPA on July 1, 2016. Director Messina previously served as the Policy Advisor for Environment and Energy in the Office of Governor Bruce Rauner, where he was the Governor's liaison to six state agencies. He also served the IEPA as Chief Legal Counsel from 2005-2009. He also has served as General Counsel and Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group.
Lunch will be served.
Price: $30 for Members with RSVPS
$40 for All Others
CAIC's 30th Annual Outing & Dinner will be held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park on Friday September 15, 2017. The day will begin with an 8:00 a.m. registration & continental breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Contests will include a "Beat the Chairman" hole and a Joe-Rizza-Ford-sponsored Hole-in-One opportunity. The day will conclude with an open-bar, trophies, door prizes, raffle prizes and a fantastic dinner.
2017 Golf Outing Gold Sponsors
On June 23, 2017, CAIC will host its Annual White Sox Baseball Outing. This event will start with a catered Tailgating Party at 5:15 p.m., followed by the White Sox vs. Athletics baseball game. As is always the case, the 100 tickets will sell out quickly so move fast if you want to attend.
Don't Miss This Fun Networking Event!
CAIC is a co-sponsor of IWWSG's May 24 cruise of the Chicago River aboard the Summer of George. The boat will board at 5:15 p.m. from River City Marina, 900 S. Wells ($10 parking is available) and cruise 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dinner will be a buffet consisting of two entrees and pasta, plus salad & cookies; a cash bar will be available. The cruise speakers will be Kara Riggio and Madeline Sheperd, representatives of the Metropolitan Planning Council, which coordinated the recently-completed "Great Rivers Chicago" vision for the City of Chicago, Friends of the Chicago River, and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Make your reservations now!
Understanding Your Real Estate Assessment Incentives: New Changes = New Opportunities How To Ensure Paying Only Your Share
Mr. David Dillon MBA, JD., Partner in the law firm of Dillon & Nash Ltd. will provide ideas on how to understand your real estate assessment so that you pay only your share. The firm limits their practice to real estate tax minimization.
Manufacturing Technology & Innovation
Be introduced to the innovative technologies and services that Purdue University Northwest has available for industry in the region.
Tour the Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (CMEC) which includes Robotics and PLC laboratories and serves as a catalyst for economic development and technological transfer throughout the region and provides advanced manufacturing opportunities and related training for manufacturing companies of all sizes.
Visit the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), globally recognized for its integrated and application-driven approaches through the state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality visualization technologies for providing innovative solutions to solve various university research problems and industry issues.
Mr. William Strauss, Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in his fifth annual appearance before the Commission, provided a detailed review of the past year, followed by a forecast for the next three years. The Federal Reserve casts a big net, drawing on data and research from a broad range of sources.
At the Chicago Federal Reserve, Mr. Strauss has produced the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, which estimates the Midwest's manufacturing output. His research papers have focused on such topics as our regional economy, the automobile sector and the trade-weighted dollar. Before the U.S. Senate, Mr. Strauss has presented testimony on manufacturing issues. Mr. Strauss currently teaches at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies.
David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, explained, in detail. the old approaches used to address flooding in the metropolitan region. The process could best be described as "How big of a hole? How big of a pipe?"
Charged with the responsibility of solving all flooding problems in the region and facing budget constraints, a new approach is being developed that looks at the targeted area as a whole and designs solutions that are creative and enhances the communities where the flood control solutions are implemented and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
Tom Hulseman, Managing Director of Metro Chicago Exports, will present on export initiatives impacting the greater metropolitan region.
Metro Chicago Exports is a regional collaboration between the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the City of Chicago to increase exports from small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to support regional job growth.
Starting Off Strong!!
On January 18, 2017 CAIC held its 2017 Kick-Off Luncheon at the Alsip Double Tree. Over 70 attendees heard Joseph Szabo, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) speak about the seven county comprehensive plan under development including the process being used to capture input from stakeholders in the region. While local planning is important, with 284 municipalities in the region, Mr. Szabo demonstrated that it is crucial that a comprehensive regional plan be in place in order to address issues that span the region.
Kathy Webb, Area Director at OSHA's Calumet City Office, will be in attendance for the CAIC Human Resources Committee meeting at 8:00 a.m. at US Bank. She will provide an "OSHA Update", including the latest info on the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA's new injury and illness tracking rule.
Attendance at this Committee meeting is limited to CAIC manufacturing members only, and we would recommend that those members consider having their safety and/or human resources person attend.
Closing Out Another Year!
On December 9, 2016 CAIC held its 49th Annual Luncheon at the Beverly Country Club. Approximately 200 attendees heard Gene Larkin, Director of Lanigan Holdings, LLC, give the keynote address about the development of the Mi-Jack Products company. His presentation was accompanied by the video “Following the Dream”, which showed how, in 1954, from his home in Dolton, John Lanigan envisioned a “better way”. Over time, Mi-Jack became a multinational corporation providing machinery and solutions for the transportation and material handling industries worldwide.
At the luncheon, two Kenneth L. Brace Memorial Awards, named after CAIC’s first Executive Director, were awarded. The first recipient was Mi-Jack Products, in recognition of a visionary industry leader that has strengthened and transformed the intermodal transportation industry regionally and worldwide through technological innovation and exemplary service. The second recipient was Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, in recognition of its effort to minimize diesel exhaust emissions and enhance transportation economics through its program to convert its entire locomotive fleet to compressed natural gas fuel. This year, the Chairman’s Award, was presented (below) to Al Raffin, of Raffin Construction, for tremendous support and participation in CAIC and its functions throughout many years.
Left of Bang
To a packed house, Dan Skoczylas, a recognized authority in background investigations, security and active shooter response training arenas, presented a comprehensive overview of issues related to Active Shooters, including event statistics in the U.S., OSHA mandated employer responsibilities and planning and actions that can be done prior to, during and after an event. In the presentation, Dan reviewed the actions that an employer can take to significantly reduce the likelihood and impact of such an event at their business.
The key is to stay "Left of Bang", a book that came highly recommended.
Industrial Growth Zones
On September 23rd, fifteen companies & property owners joined CAIC staff for a presentation by the Chicago Department of Planning & Development on the Industrial Growth Zones established in the Calumet & Burnside Industrial Corridors. (Please See the Maps Below).
An initiative by Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, the Industrial Growth Zone program offers a series of resources to address environmental conditions & complex government regulations that are often identified as obstacles to site development. Sophia Carey, Director of Industrial Growth Programs with Chicago Department of Planning, presented to attendees. Some of these program's resources include:
Up to $130,000 in financial assistance for environmental assessments & remediation
Streamlined development incentives
Expedited permitting, licensing and inspections
For further information about this program, please contact Beth Dybala at 773-928-6000, ext. 224.
CAIC's 29th Annual Outing & Dinner was held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park on Friday September 9, 2016. The day began with an 8:00 a.m. registration & continental breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Contests included "Beat the Chairman" and a Joe-Rizza-Ford-sponsored Hole-in-One opportunity. A hot-dog lunch with "hydration" on the course was provided. The day concluded with an open-bar, trophies, door prizes, raffle prizes and a fantastic 3:00 p.m. dinner.
Toughest Ticket In Town!
On August 26, 2016, CAIC hosted their 12th Annual White Sox Baseball Outing. This event started with a Tailgating Party catered by Pepino's at 5:15 p.m., followed by the White Sox vs. Seattle "Elvis Night" baseball game. As is always the case, all 100 tickets sold out quickly. Falling behind early 3-0, the Sox closed the gap in the 7th when 3rd baseman, Todd Frazier hit a solo home run. They could get no closer and, in the bottom of the ninth, it was discovered that Elvis had, indeed, left the building.
On July 7, 2016, Clayton Harris III, newly appointed Executive Director of the Illinois International Port District, addressed CAIC members at a luncheon held at Harborside International Golf Center. More than 100 attendees listened as Mr. Harris talked about the future of the Port, the problems, issues and challenges of making the Port more competitive, and the need to develop a vision for that future. He emphasized that a crucial first step in this process is to identify the interested parties, required to effectively work through a four phase process of agenda setting, option formulation, implementation and evaluation. The Port owns approximately 1,500 acres of land near Lake Calumet and Lake Michigan, including Harborside International Golf Center, which an outside company manages. A range of industrial & warehousing firms lease space from the District.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris was Midwest Director of Government Affairs for the environmental & engineering firm CH2M Hill, and also had stints as Chief of Staff at the Illinois DOT and the Chicago DOT, among other government jobs. He has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace technology from Middle Tennessee University and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law.
For the sixth straight year Argus Brewery, located in the historic Pullman District at 113th and South Front Avenue, opened its doors to members for a tour of their brewery which was built in the early 1900's by the Schlitz Brewing Company to house horse teams and carriages. The tour ended with a sampling of some of the finest craft beers brewed in Chicago.
“Great Rivers Chicago” is an initiative led by the City of Chicago in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Friends of the Chicago River and others to create a long-term vision for the Calumet, Chicago and Des Plaines rivers and riverfronts. From improved shipping to better water quality to more waterfront dining options and canoe launches, the group is scouring existing plans and reaching out to business owners, community leaders and people like you to create a coordinated vision for our rivers’ future. At a May 19, 2016 Environmental Committee breakfast meeting, Josh Ellis, the Program Director at the MPC who is leading this part of the information gathering phase, met with CAIC members to hear input from the Calumet Area industrial community as the proposed vision and action agenda are developed. Meeting attendees also watched a short video produced by the Calumet Heritage Partnership (CHP), which has initiated a feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area (NHA) in the area anchored by the Dunes (east) and the Pullman National Monument (west). According to the National Park Service, NHAs are regions “designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape”.