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Illinois Central Region

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Regional Hubs

  • Springfield 
  • Decatur 
  • Jacksonville 
  • Lincoln 
  • Taylorville 
  • Litchfield
  • Carlinville

Counties

  • Sangamon 
  • Macon 
  • Macoupin 
  • Morgan 
  • Christian 
  • Logan 
  • Montgomery 
  • Shelby 
  • Greene 
  • Menard 
  • Cass 
  • Scott

Industries

  • Agricultural Inputs and Services
  • Livestock Processing
  • Paper and Packaging 
  • Business Services 
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing 
  • Hospitality 
  • Medical Devices and Healthcare 
  • Mining (Coal and Nonmetal) 
  • Production Technology and Heavy Machinery 
  • Water Transportation

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Springfield, Illinois' State Capital, is located in the Central Region
  • Population 550,000+; Labor force of almost 270,000
  • Access to 90 million people within a day's drive
  • Located in the heart of the agricultural belt of Illinois and the country's corn belt
  • Paper manufacturing and printing and related support activities are 20% more concentrated than U.S. average
  • Over 10,000 jobs in food manufacturing and fabricated metal manufacturing
  • Hospitality, marketing & sales, and tourism employ 124,000
  • Healthcare employs 55,000 and Springfield is home to the Mid Illinois Medical District
  • Multiple airports (including Decatur Airport; one of four components of the Midwest Inland Port

Region Specific Assistance

Alyson Grady
Central Region Manager
217-299-8853
alyson.grady2@illinois.gov

The Illinois Department of Commerce is Your One-Stop Resource

  • Site Selection
  • Customized Workforce Training
  • Regional & Local Collaboration
  • Expedited Permitting, Licensing & Other Approvals
  • Connection to Key Stakeholders and Civic & Business Partners
  • Potential Financial Support
  • And More!

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