Growth Driver #4:  Talent to Sustain Your Business

The long-term success of any business depends on the recruitment and retention of a skilled workforce.  To that end, the Village can assist business owners by leveraging its partnerships with “talent factories” like the institutions of higher education throughout the Chicagoland region.  In addition, the Village leadership is committed to building a high quality of life for employees who want to take advantage of the great amenities and establish roots in the Village of Hazel Crest.

The community is served by a number of high quality secondary and post-secondary schools within a short drive of the Village.  Many of the community colleges offer high quality training focused on the modern industrial and commercial sectors growing in the region.

To retain employees, it is no longer sufficient to offer a job.  It helps to be located in a pleasant, safe and vibrant community with entertainment options close by - in addition to the endless cultural and recreation options in downtown Chicago and on the nearby Lake Michigan lakefront.

  • Natural beauty - As a Tree City USA designee, Hazel Crest has abundant outdoor recreation options with proximity to Forest Preserves, and open lands and bike trails
  • Cultural amenities - Hazel Crest is a quick train ride to downtown Chicago and arts venues in the the Loop and the suburbs - as well as being the home of the South Suburban Genealogical Society
  • Easy access to the new Obama Library - Hazel Crest is a 15 minute Metra train ride or automobile trip to the new presidential library
  • Monthly community events - The Village and its Park District have non-stop programming to keep you and the family entertained and invigorated