Economic Development

Connecting with the Economy - Northwestern University's Roles in the Regional Economy

Northwestern University is a leader in the emerging knowledge economy. With its rich history and brilliant reputation, the university is a consistent source of highly educated people and new, actionable ideas for Illinois and the Midwest.

Northwestern attracts the best-qualified students and most accomplished faculty in a wide range of disciplines from across the nation and around the globe. They impact not only our local culture, but also the regional economy.

Chicago is a global business hub and serves as headquarters to many of the nation's most respected professional organizations and corporations. Northwestern enhances Chicago's reputation as a global leader through its commitment to research excellence and focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

There are many initiatives that exemplify the unique and substantive ways in which Northwestern contributes to Chicago and the region. Take a look:

We would be happy to send you CONNECTING WITH THE ECONOMY, the brochure about economic development at Northwestern. Please send your mailing address to

Jeff Coney, Director, Economic Development