Moraine Valley Community College || Economic Development Council for the Southwest Suburbs


The Economic Development Council for the Southwest Suburbs (EDCSS) drives the strategic planning that stimulates and creates a healthy business climate within the Moraine Valley community. The EDCSS brings together a coalition of leaders from various sectors working together for the economic well-being of the area.


To stimulate and support a healthy business climate by utilizing and coordinating our political, business, and educational resources to benefit the 26 communities that comprise the Moraine Valley district.


Through the EDCSS advisory board, committees create and implement communication and outreach programs to acquire and disseminate information to the business community through events, symposiums and business assistance.


The EDCSS sponsors an annual spring breakfast and regional events in cooperation with Chambers of Commerce, Cook County, the state of Illinois, and local economic development professionals. In addition, the EDCSS sponsors an annual Small Business Awards program to publicly recognize the valuable contribution small businesses make to the economic development of the southwest suburbs.


Training and Development

Educational opportunities are available though EDCSS' association with Corporate, Community and Continuing Education (CCCE) at Moraine Valley Community College. CCCE provides customized training solutions as well as regularly scheduled personal and professional development courses for all members of the community

EDCSS offers business assistance through links to available community resources:

  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Municipalities
  • Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Cook County
  • Illinois State Treasurer's Office
  • Membership to regional agencies

The Business Solutions team at CCCE can work with employers to assess the needs of companies, from basic skills to customer service to performance management, and assist in building a customized "business roadmap to success."

Economic Development

EDCSS, with CCCE, brings together representatives from all sectors of the community to create a shared vision, while capitalizing on the strengths within our communities to forge ahead as a single unit. This creates job growth and retention, a more educated/trained workforce, and an increase in the tax base, all of which contribute to the well-being and attractiveness of our community.

Comprehensive consulting services, advice and assistance for entrepreneurs and start-up companies are provided by the SCORE counselors at Moraine Valley and entrepreneurial assistance through CCCE.

For more information, contact Eda Schrimple at (708) 974-5714 or