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Illinois North Central Region

Regional Hubs

  • Peoria
  • Bloomington
  • Normal
  • Pekin
  • East Peoria
  • Morton
  • Washington
  • Canton
  • Pontiac


  • Peoria
  • McLean
  • Tazewell
  • Woodford
  • Livingston
  • Fulton
  • DeWitt
  • Mason
  • Marshall
  • Stark

Key Industries

  • Advanced Business Services
  • Information & Communications Technologies
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Biomedical
  • Computer and Electronic Products
  • Food/Beverage Machinery and Capital Equipment
  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Population 650,000+; Workforce 300,000+
  • Peoria is home to a thriving and innovative health care industry with numerous partners
  • The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center is a 48,000 square foot technology incubator for entrepreneurial businesses looking to make their mark on the world
  • The Amtrak station in Bloomington-Normal is frequently ranked as one of the busiest Amtrak stations in the midwest (229,894 passengers in 2019) and provides service to Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis
  • Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) in Bloomington features an 8,000 foot primary runway and 6,500 foot crosswind runway with three Instrument Landing Systems including a CAT II, providing for reliable operations during inclement weather conditions. FedEx operates a daily air cargo flight and a sorting and distribution facility at BMI and many corporate and private aircraft are based at BMI along with service from Delta, American Airlines, Frontier, and Allegiant.
  • Morton is known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World because 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin is packed there

Region Specific Assistance

Lauren Gibson, AICP
North Central Region Manager

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!