The Will County Center for Economic Development has moved to new offices in downtown Joliet.
The economic development agency is now at 203 N. Ottawa St., a building recently known as the Catholic
Charities building but dates back in local memory to its days as the Al Baskin clothing store and later as
the Cass and Ottawa men’s clothing store.
“We leased part of the downstairs for a conference room,” President and CEO John Greuling said. “Apparently, the stairway brings back memories for some guys who went down there for children’s clothes.”
The affiliated agencies City Center Partnership and Will County Workforce Investment Board also moved into the new offices.
They relocated from the Two Rialto Square building, which recently was acquired by John Bays from the Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority. Bays is renovating the building. The building at Cass and Ottawa streets also is owned by Bays.
The CED was formed in 1981. Greuling said the agency probably moved into the Two Rialto Square building within a few years after it was formed.