How Can Your Company Benefit from DIA?

Working with local economic development, workforce and business partners, the program utilizes data, insights, and resources to help companies:  
    •    Understand their relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    •    Reduce their reliance on DoD through diversification
    •    Increase sales and reduce costs
    •    Improve operational efficiency and digital readiness

    The Illinois DIA program also helps communities and elected leaders to better understand regional risks and opportunities and advocate for policies and investments that promote a stronger business environment in Illinois.

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      A Look at Illinois’ Defense and Manufacturing Industries

      Despite recent declines, manufacturing remains essential to the state’s economy, which is among the most highly diversified in the nation. While Illinois has historically deep ties to manufacturing with global companies like John Deere or Caterpillar, the state is not traditionally regarded as a nexus for defense contracting.

      However, Illinois is home to sizable levels of defense spending and houses three active military bases, including the Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing facility in the country.

      A closer look shows significant overlap between the state’s defense and manufacturing supply chains with approximately 90% of the state’s overall manufacturing output attributed to small- and medium-sized firms, many of whom are also critical to the nation’s defense supply chain.
       Building a Solution Through Supply Chain Mapping

      We are developing Illinois’ first statewide supply chain map to analyze the flow of goods and services into and out of the state, while gathering data that will help companies uncover new markets and identify additional opportunities in existing ones. This allows companies to better understand how they fit within these supply chains, as well as how much of their business (even unknowingly) is reliant on federal defense spending. By comprehensively mapping the state’s defense and industrial supply chains, we can identify core regional capabilities and advantages that will help Illinois companies and entire communities compete globally.