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.

Southwest illinois region

Located in the southwestern tip of Illinois just east of St. Louis, the Southwest Illinois region is home to Scott Air Force Base, base of operations for the 375th Air Mobility Wing. Scott AFB also is currently a proposed site for the new NGA West Campus, part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The Southwest Illinois region has a strong network of manufacturers and defense contractors, including Boeing, which has had a significant impact on the broader economy. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois oversees a Military Affairs Committee that focuses on preserving and enhancing Scott Air Force Base and its adjacent communities through education and awareness building.