Our team is working with five Illinois communities who have clear links to the defense industry based on the presence of key military assets (e.g., bases, training facilities), high concentration of manufacturers, or both.


Northeast Illinois Region

The Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is located at the southernmost part of Lake Michigan and includes the Great Lakes Naval Base training facility. Our lead partner in the region is the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC). An EDA-designated “manufacturing community,” CMMC convenes metal manufacturers and relevant stakeholders to develop matchmaking events and facilitate information sharing that lead to new business opportunities for manufacturers in the region, many of which may be linked to broader defense supply chains.

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