Southern Region

Kim Watson

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.