Kim Watson, Senior Account Manager
Office of Regional Economic Development
Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
2309 West Main Street, Suite 118
Marion, Illinois 62959
Office: (618) 993-7621
Cell: (618) 889-6731
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.