President’s Message for 2024

Looking towards the new year, I’m excited for the opportunity to serve as President of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association. I have enjoyed engaging with the IEZA Board of Directors in the past and look forward to continuing to build upon the association.

First and foremost, thank you for being a member of the IEZA. Our existence is solely based upon our members’ backing. As a Board, we strive to build capacity and bring value to your membership. Our conferences have always been a tremendous benefit of the IEZA, providing educational and networking opportunities, and the availability to tap into the human capital within the room.

We intend to continue our spring and fall conferences, with one in Springfield and one in another host city. We are engaging with the Illinois Tax Increment Association for our first joint conference in the Spring of 2024. As a Board, we continue to explore opportunities to advance the organization.

I’d like to thank Ty Livingston for leading the IEZA over the past two years. He did a terrific job in transitioning the association back to in-person conferences.

I look forward to serving in the capacity of President for the IEZA. If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.


Courtney Yockey
IEZA President