The Golden Corridor refers to the northwest suburbs of Chicago which is home to a number of Fortune 500 company headquarters, office parks, industrial parks, entertainment venues, hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, and medical facilities. The area is so named due to a “gold mine” of economic potential for northwest municipalities along Interstate 90. Of all the contributing industries to the Golden Corridor, manufacturing is the largest segment of the Corridor’s economy employing about 85,000 people. As such, the Golden Corridor’s manufacturing sector provides many local, regional, and national economic benefits.
The Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) is a regional organization dedicated to improving the perception of manufacturing, showcasing the industry's importance for the economic vitality of the area, and increasing the skilled workforce in our area. GCAMP strives to provide education, training, and employment opportunities to students, parents, schools, manufacturers, and the general public. For a list of upcoming events and open houses, you can visit the GCAMP website.
Reports prepared for GCAMP by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) can be found at the following links:
GCAMP has also worked in partnership with the Villages of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Elk Grove to create a "maker lab" within the northwest suburbs of Illinois. A maker lab is a "do it yourself" space where people gather to create, invent, and learn. There are currently hundreds of maker spaces across the country, however, there are a relatively limited number of locations in northern Illinois. The purpose of a maker lab is to provide individuals in the northern suburbs with a place to innovate, as well as learn more about the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).
A steering committee has been created to drive this initiative and work towards implementation. To date, they have held a number of programs, participated in community events, and partnered with local organization and school districts to provide STEAM programming to individuals in the area. If you are interested in obtaining more information, or getting involved with the Golden Corridor Maker Space, please visit their website.