Doing Business

Economic Development

Voted one of the top ten United States cities for economic development in both 2003 and 2005, Elgin is one of America’s most dynamic centers for business growth with nearly 2,000 new jobs created annually and nearly six million square feet of new commercial space since 2005.


Elgin is changing, expanding, and prospering in vital ways. Elgin is now one of America’s most dynamic centers for business growth with interest coming from international companies including Siemens Energy and Automation, Geka, and NTN. As part of booming Kane County, Elgin is among 25 cities and villages and 15 townships that are home to nearly 500,000 people within a 524-square mile radius.


For business owners, Elgin's pro-business city government embraces the philosophy that our economic future and prosperity rely on progressive, mutually beneficial partnerships. In Elgin, business owners will enjoy favorable Kane County tax rates, a trained workforce, rapid population growth, an abundance of available properties, and an excellent location. Elgin is only a half-hour drive from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. It has three highway interchanges adjacent to I-90, the Northwest Tollway's Golden Corridor lined with corporate headquarters and high-tech companies. You will find that Elgin is a city in the suburbs with an international flavor, home to corporations from around the world.

What sets Elgin apart from the rest?

Elgin offers an ideal location, low operating expenses, less traffic congestion and a supportive business environment, while having access to global markets. Leading companies from around the world have an Elgin address. We are ready with the resources and tools to help your business grow.

Elgin has developed a nationally recognized community partnership devoted to improving job skills through the use of WorkKeys® and the National Career Readiness Certificate. In 2011, over 900 School District U-46 graduates received their coveted certificate.

For the incumbent workforce, Elgin Community College offers the training and assessments that lead to obtaining a certificate.

Learn more from the Elgin Development Group website and resources!