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Greater Peoria: At the Heart of National Defense and Economic Vitality

Peoria, Illinois, is a crucial hub for national defense, hosting the Peoria Air Force Guard base and the Illinois Army National Guard’s aviation facilities. The recent addition of advanced C-130J Hercules aircraft underscores its military importance. This dual-use airport supports over 2,400 jobs and injected $74.4 million into the local economy in FY 2022, with defense contracts totaling $161.7 million. It’s a story of resilience, innovation, and economic synergy, where security and prosperity go hand in hand. Explore Peoria’s role in national defense and its economic impact in our detailed blog post.