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Illinois Northern Stateline Region

Regional Hubs

  • Rockford
  • Belvidere
  • Freeport
  • Machesney Park
  • Loves Park
  • Roscoe
  • Rochelle
  • South Beloit
  • Rockton


  • Winnebago
  • Boone
  • Ogle
  • Stephenson

Key Industries

  • Food Processing & Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Professional Business Services
  • Logistics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Population 436,000; Workforce 228,600
  • Rockford MSA 4,000+ engineers (30% more than the national average), and more than 56,000 engineers located within 90 miles
  • Rockford has 6th largest concentration of aerospace employment in the nation; 250+ aerospace companies located within 90-mile radius of Rockford (GE Aviation, Woodward, Collins Aerospace Systems)
  • In 2019, RFD was named the Fastest-Growing Cargo Airport in the world by Airports Council International
  • Northern Stateline Region is known as “The Screw Capital of the World" due its specialization in manufacturing fasteners and has attracted a diverse range of advanced manufacturers in sectors including aerospace and automotive
  • Chicagoland Skydiving Center located at Rochelle Municipal airport in Rochelle voted best place to skydive in the Midwest
  • Freeport is known for hosting the second Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858, and as "Pretzel City, USA", due to a popular local German bakery known for its pretzels in the 1850s
  • Belvidere, the “City of Murals,” began with ten murals created in downtown Belvidere in June of 1997 during a “Wall Dog” festival initiated by the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce
  • Great transportation methods:

Region Specific Assistance

Tiana McCall, MBA
Northern Stateline 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!