Author Archives: ThePartnership

City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Cook County

Contact Person:
Karin M. Norington-Reaves

Contact Information:
(312) 603-0224

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is a non-profit administrative agency formed in July 2012 under the joint leadership of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  The Partnership administers over $50 million of Workforce Investment Act and other public and private funding for comprehensive workforce development initiatives that address the occupational training and career placement needs of job seekers and businesses throughout Chicago and Cook County.  We are the second largest workforce investment area in the country.

Sector Strategies

Transportation Distribution and Logistics, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Business and Administrative Services


Career Coaching
Job Readiness Training
Veteran Focused Services
Workforce Centers & Sector Centers*


  • More than 100,000 job seekers receive assistance from The Partnership annually
  • 15,000 plus job seekers participate in job training programs; more than 85% of people enrolled in our programs gain employment
  • We oversee a network of more than 49 community-based organizations to serve the Chicagoland region
  • More than 10 workforce centers, 9 satellite centers, and 4 business intermediaries offering no cost career service assistance to Cook County residents
  • More than 300 local and national businesses work with us to meet their human capital needs

For Businesses:
Connect Companies to prescreened jobseekers
Provide tax incentives to help finance workforce development cost
Counsel employees in danger of layoffs