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Illinois Southern Region

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Regional Hubs

  • Carbondale
  • Marion
  • Mount Vernon
  • Harrisburg
  • West Frankfort

Counties

  • Williamson
  • Jackson
  • Franklin
  • Jefferson
  • Saline
  • Perry
  • Union
  • Wayne
  • Massac
  • White
  • Johnson
  • Wabash
  • Hamilton
  • Edwards
  • Alexander
  • Pulaski
  • Gallatin
  • Pope
  • Hardin

Key Industries

  • Transportation
  • Distribution Logistics
  • Manufacturing-Automotive

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Population 375,000; Workforce 142,000+
  • Four of state’s 13 Port Districts; three Class 1 railroads; 3 interstate highways
  • Awarded a $13.9M grant from U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development
  • Located between the nation’s mightiest rivers – the Mississippi and Ohio

Region Specific Assistance

Kim Watson
Southern Region Manager
618-889-6731
kim.watson@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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