The Greater Waukegan Development Coalition (GWDC) is an independent not for profit economic development corporation whose mission is to foster the development of business and real estate within communities. The GWDC accomplishes this by bolstering the region’s economic ecosystem, providing a variety of programs and events, along with helping current and potential businesses with placement, expansion and retention. In 2016, GWDC held the first SelectChicago® event and welcomed 30 foreign investors to the region representing more than $150 million in potential investments in the areas of biomedical and real estate, with a focus of opportunities in the Waukegan area. In 2017, the GWDC established a steering committee of economic development officials of the Villages of Skokie, Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, and Elk Grove in order to expand the program the greater Chicago area with the goal of including all cities, counties, and economic development organizations. DP Consulting, LLC was engaged to provide program coordination.