East Central Region

Antonio Baxton

The six-county East Central Region of Illinois has much to offer new and expanding businesses, including world-class education and research facilities, a solid manufacturing base and a booming distribution sector.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the region’s top employer with more than 13,970 employees. Its world-class research facilities include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. With more than 41,490 students, the university produces a highly-skilled regional workforce. 

The East Central Region is also home to a number of food processing companies including Kraft, Quaker, ConAgra Foods and Frito Lay. The region has seen a number of local distribution facilities open recently, including SUPERVALU in Champaign. 

With world-class educational facilities like the University of Illinois, and well-established businesses like Kraft Foods, the East Central Region offers the resources and opportunities needed for successful business development.