Southern Region

William Stanhouse, Regional Manager
Office of Regional Economic Development
Illinois Department of Community & Economic Opportunity

Springfield Office:
Ridgley Building R-7    
500 East Monroe Street   
Springfield, Illinois  62701   
Office: (217) 558-4223
Cell: (217) 720-2303

Marion Office:
2309 West Main Street, Suite 118
Marion, Illinois  62959
Office: (618) 993-7178

Kim Watson, Senior Account Manager
Office of Regional Economic Development
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Marion Office:    
2309 West Main Street, Suite 118  
Marion, Illinois  62959   
Office: (618) 993-7630
Cell: (618) 889-6731

Harrisburg Office:
110 East Locust Street
Harrisburg, Illinois  62946


The Southern Region has much to offer a new or expanding business–a skilled workforce, abundant natural resources, a developed transportation infrastructure and multiple modes of access to the rest of the country. It is home to major manufacturing facilities such as Aisin, Continental Tire and Champion Laboratories, and it is a center for coal and aggregate mining.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, along with a number of other highly regarded community colleges, produces a well educated and highly-trained regional workforce. The scenic natural beauty of Southern Illinois fosters a growing tourism industry, while its placement within an expansive transportation corridor makes the region highly accessible through interstates, highways, rail and river dock facilities.