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Why Illinois?

In today's global economy, lllinois connects you and your business to the world. With the nation's largest inland transportation hub and port, it's no wonder we are home to over 30 Fortune 500 companies, and headquarters to hundreds more. With talent available to you from some of the top schools in the nation, and statewide workforce development programs, your productivity will soar. Illinois' high tech and start-up economy is among the Top 10 nationwide, providing lifestyle choices that meet today's needs. Join the fifth largest economy in the nation and 19th largest economy in the world - Illinois.


Illinois’ Vibrant Business Climate is home to worldwide corporations including over 30 Fortune 500 companies. We continue to be a top pick by leading site selectors.​ At the crossroads of America, Grade A Logistics make Illinois an thriving inland port.  From the Land of Lincoln, people and products can fly, float, cruise or ride the rails to destinations near and far.
A major economic force cannot compete in the world without A Highly Educated Workforce.  Nearly 34 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or better. Illinois boasts both dynamic city culture as well as the quieter pleasures that small town America and nature’s beauty provide.  A High Quality of Life is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Illinois is the birthplace of the cellphone, the first web browser - and Groupon. As a Nexus of Innovation, Illinois welcomes and supports groundbreaking start-ups. As the 19th largest economy in the world, Illinois is the headquarters of Major Corporations as varied as Walgreens, Allstate and Caterpillar.
A Midwestern state with strong agrarian roots, agribusiness is a major source of employment in the state. But other Industry Clusters such as advanced manufacturing, energy and life sciences contribute to a diverse economy. Illinois is committed to investing in partnership Grant and Incentive programs that promote job growth and strengthen our economy.