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.

Rockford region

Located near the northern border of Illinois, Rockford is home to a sizable and active aerospace cluster. The region’s over 250 companies and 11 tier-one suppliers provide products to the global aerospace, aviation and defense industry, presenting a tremendous opportunity for that region’s growth prospects. Our lead partner in the region is the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC), who also lead the Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN), a consortium of companies implementing a strategic plan to increase the competitiveness of the Rockford Region for aerospace expansion and attraction.