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CHICAGO, IL – Intersect Illinois today welcomed Curt Bailey, President of Related Midwest to its board of directors. Bailey will bring his experience in real estate development to help advance Intersect Illinois’ mission to bring investment and jobs to the state.

“We are at a transformative time in Illinois. We are one of the few states to top a $1T GDP, and, under the leadership of Governor Pritzker, the state is committed to growing the business community in order to bring jobs to Illinoisans,” said Intersect Illinois Board of Directors Chairman, John Atkinson. “I’m pleased to welcome Curt Bailey, who is a dynamic leader within the state’s real estate development community, and welcome his contribution to generating economic growth across the state.”

In his role at Related Midwest, Bailey leads a team of developers, architects and contractors who are transforming the way real estate is done in Illinois. Bailey and his team are the largest developers of affordable housing in the Midwest, with more than 10,000 units either owned or under development. The company is deeply committed to improving neighborhoods, creating sustainable opportunities for small businesses and residents, and building inspirational places and homes for all.

“I’m honored to join Intersect Illinois Board of Directors, an organization that shares my commitment to building vibrant, diverse and sustainable communities,” said Bailey. “I look forward to contributing to the collective efforts of Intersect Illinois and am excited about the positive impact we can make in our state. Together, we can pave the way for a future marked by collaboration, opportunity and prosperity.”

As the state’s business attraction organization, Intersect Illinois generates new jobs and investment by showcasing the state’s assets, collaborating with partners, and helping companies find a site to call home. Intersect Illinois works with industry, academic, civic and government partners to make it easier for companies to expand in Illinois and provides a range of services that help companies navigate the site selection process. Its board of directors helps the organization generate public good with private sector efficiency.

“Real estate developer perspective is essential to Intersect Illinois’ business attraction efforts,” said Intersect Illinois CEO Dan Seals. “We welcome Curt to our board of directors — his expertise will help us to accelerate growth across the state.”

Bailey joins board members from companies including Ameren Illinois, ADM, Busey Bank, Carle Health, Clayco, Constellation, Comcast, ComEd, 8 Hospitality Group, Illinois American Water, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Illinois REALTORS, Loop Capital, Marsh Chicago, Nicor Gas, OSF Healthcare, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, and the University of Illinois System.