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Why Illinois?

In today's global economy, Illinois 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. And 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.

 

BUSINESS MINDED

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION LEADER

Illinois’ is home to worldwide corporations including over 30 Fortune 500 companies. We continue to be a top pick by leading site selectors.​

Illinois is the birthplace of the cellphone and the first web browser. As a tech and innovation leader, we welcome and support groundbreaking start-ups.

WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE

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.​

Illinois boasts both dynamic city culture as well as the quieter pleasures that small town America and nature’s beauty provide.  An exceptional quality of life is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

MAGNET FOR COUNTRY’S BRIGHTEST MINDS

TARGET INDUSTRIES

A major economic force cannot compete in the world without a highly educated workforce.  We have a 6.6 million labor force and 38 percent of residents have a Associate’s degree or better.

A Midwestern state with strong agrarian roots, agribusiness is a major source of employment. And other target industries such as advanced manufacturing, energy and life sciences contribute to our diverse economy.