Elk Grove Village Case Study: A Business-Friendly and People Friendly Industrial Park

CHICAGO, IL -- Elk Grove Village is one of the top national locations for data center development. Home to the largest industrial park in the U.S., Elk Grove has over 2.2 million square feet of data centers attracted by a robust fiber and electricity network. Furthermore, Elk Grove was recently recognized for being the most business-friendly community in America. Josh Grodzin is the Director for Business Development and Marketing at Elk Grove Village, and at CAPRE’s Chicago Data Center Summit in March, he participated in a panel discussion titled “Legislative Efforts to Incentivize Traditional Data Center and Hyperscale Developers.” Early in the discussion, Moderator Ed Sitar, Manager of Economic and Business Development at ComEd turned to Grodzin for some perspective. "Josh, can you talk a little bit about data centers from a municipal perspective?” he asked. “And maybe a little bit about the importance of local collaboration.” “Absolutely. In Elk Grove Village, we’re in a unique situation. Because we’re a municipality that’s working with developers and business operators in the trenches of economic development,” he replied. “We have a very diverse industrial park, so we’ve got manufacturing, building materials, and data centers are a really important part of that. In Elk Grove vVllage, we pride ourselves on being business friendly.” “So for us, our biggest incentive is really our attitude, our staff, and our process,” he continued. "We are problem solvers. We’re proactive. We don’t throw road blocks in front…