David Young is the Executive Director of the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA).  He is a seasoned economic development professional that has held leadership positions in the governmental, private and not-for-profit sectors and has a proven track record of delivering creative, collaborative solutions that achieve quantifiable results.  He just completed his 6th year at NIDA.

In his last position as President/CEO of Lake County Partners, a private not-for-profit economic development corporation located in Lake County, Illinois, David was involved in spinning off economic development from county government, participated in raising the seed capital to launch the corporation and grew the company to 180 investors recruited from the business, academic and governmental community.  While at Lake County Partners, he directly assisted in winning 100 locations, representing over $700.0 million in new capital investment and 13,000 jobs created or retained.

David has broad strategic planning, operations, marketing/sales, governmental relations and negotiating experience.