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WHY ILLINOIS?

Illinois offers unparalleled opportunity at the epicenter of North America.  Companies can thrive in a world class business environment with the most diverse economy in the nation, a central location with easy access to your operations, a well-educated and  experienced workforce of millions, and an opportunity to be an integral part of the second most economically powerful region in America. 

We have one of the world’s most culturally vibrant states that has become a magnet for the country’s brightest minds.  And Illinois businesses enjoy low corporate taxes and tax-free personal property that help make us one of the most business-friendly place in the nation.  The Illinois Department of Commerce is ready to assist you with everything from intergovernmental coordination and site selection to regional collaboration and potential financial support.

 

BUSINESS MINDED

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION LEADER

Home to 34 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,600 foreign-owned company locations. Businesses enjoy low corporate taxes, a diverse economy and the 5th highest GDP in the nation.

World class research and innovation hubs including Argonne, Fermilab, 1871, and UI Labs; and over 200 incubators, tech parks, accelerators and co-working spaces for innovators and startups across the state.

WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE

A central location with three international airports, the only state with all 7 Class I freight railroads, the third largest interstate highway system and more than a dozen thriving ports and waterways.

Quality education and healthcare for families, magnificent arts and culture, abundant outdoor amenities, outstanding professional sports, endless entertainment, world class dining and hotels, and many craft breweries and wineries.

MAGNET FOR COUNTRY’S BRIGHTEST MINDS

TARGET INDUSTRIES

Over 192 higher education institutions, a 6.6 million person labor force, 38% with an Associate’s degree or better and top ranked universities in computer science, engineering and other fields.

The most diverse economy in the nation, strong in agribusiness and food processing and other industries including advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences and biotech, business and professional services and TDL.