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.

Peoria region

Though often regarded as the “Earthmoving Capital of the World” given the presence of large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) like Caterpillar, the Peoria area in Central Illinois is also home to the 182nd Airlift Wing of the Illinois National Guard, which maintains and operates eight C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of transporting large amounts of personnel and equipment over long distances. Our lead partner in the region is the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, which drives economic growth in Greater Peoria through targeted business and talent development and attraction. They also operate the Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network, a co-marketing collaboration established to generate new business opportunities for manufacturers in Greater Peoria.