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

Quad Cities Region

Perched along the Mississippi River at the Illinois-Iowa border, the Quad Cities – which consist of Rock Island and Moline on the Illinois side and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Illinois side – are anchored by the Rock Island Arsenal. The Illinois Defense Network's lead partner in the region is the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber also leads the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, a program that provides a network of resources and support for area manufacturers and others in the defense industry supply chain to connect, collaborate, and learn about the technological and digital changes that will transform the face of their industry.