Regional Relationships, Endless Opportunities

Mid-Illinois Collaborative is a connected triangle of communities encompassing the Central Illinois Region. Local Economic Development Corporation enterprises have collaborated to create a united system to advance our regional economy, grow our talent pool, and mobilize business, government, and civic leaders around an inclusive economic development strategy. Working as one, we will leverage the market resources in our regional economy and advance business opportunities while building stronger communities.

With access to over 1.6M consumers, the Mid-Illinois region has an aggressive growth strategy to capitalize on our key innovation clusters: Sustainability, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Research and Development, and Transportation (SMART). We are driving a SMART future for regional innovation and jobs in areas of clean energy, electric and autonomous vehicles, biofuels, advanced manufacturing and component manufacturing, bioprocessing, AgTech, precision AG, automation, advanced logistics and connected transit.

Together we share employers, interstates, innovation, and connected economies. We are primed for development and committed to accelerating opportunities for business growth and innovation.

DE&I Statement

At Mid Illinois, we are steadfast in our commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of economic development. We believe that a thriving economy can only be achieved when individuals from all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Regional and City Rankings

Illinois stands tall as a powerhouse in the world economy, and with its strategic location, robust infrastructure, and diverse industries, the Land of Lincoln has cemented its position as a top contender in many economic areas.

#1 Midwest State for Workforce Development
(Site Selection Magazine)

#2 In the nation for infrastructure

#9 Credit rating upgrades
(Illinois Department of Commerce)

3 Billion EDGE & REV Incentivized Investments
(Illinois Department of Commerce)

145 Low-Interest Small Business Loans through Advantage Illinois
(Illinois Department of Commerce)