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The Illinois economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for economic development organizations in Illinois and to related content such as executive summary presentations. We welcome additions or corrections, and can share more research work and executive summary presentations about communities so that it becomes easier for executives and advisors to find relevant business locations.
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Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity State 60601

The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce - Springfield and Chicago offices State 62701 and 60606
Illinois Workforce Information Center state labor market information, jobs
Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Skills Match workforce development

Illinois Development Council State 62838
Northern Illinois Regions    
Northwest Chicago Suburbs 6000x - 6001x    
Antioch IL 60002 
Village of Arlington Heights Village 60005 847-368-5200
Elk Grove Village Village 60007
City of Rolling Meadows City 60008
Elk Grove Village Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60009
Village of Barrington Village 60010
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce - economic development Chamber 60010 847-381-2525

economic development

Village of Lake Barrington Village 60010
Village of Cary Illinois Village 60013
Village of Deerfield Village 60015
City of Des Plaines Economic Development City 60016 847-391-5651
Northwest Municipal Conference Region 60016
Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber 60018
Village of Rosemont - Rosemont Convention Bureau Village / Convention Center 60018
Rosemont Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60018
Village of Fox River Grove Village 60021
Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs 6002x - 6009x    
Village of Glencoe Village 60022
Village of Glenview - and The Glen - former Glenview Naval Air Station (BRAC) mixed-use development Village 60025

Village of Grayslake Village 60030
Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber 60030 847-223-6888
Lake County Chamber of Commerce County chamber 60031
The Greater Harvard Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60033 815-943-4404
City of Highland Park City 60035
City of Crystal Lake City 60039
Village of Kenilworth Village 60043
Village of Lake Zurich IL Village 60047
Lake County Partners County 60048 (847)247-0137
Village of Libertyville Village 60048
McHenry County Economic Development Corp County 60050
Village of Morton Grove Village 60053
Village of Mount Prospect Village 60056
Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60056 847-398-6616
Village of Northbrook Village 60062
Northbrook Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60062
Village of Palatine Village 60067
Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60067
Village of Lincolnshire Village 60069
Greater Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60069 847-792-2409
Skokie Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60077 847-673-0240
Village of Buffalo Grove Village 60089
Wheeling / Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60090 847-541-0170
Village of Northfield Village 60093 
Western Chicago Suburbs 601xx-6018x    
Village of Algonquin IL Village 60102
Algonquin - Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60102
Village of Bartlett Village  60103
Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce, Bensenville Chamber 60106
Village of Streamwood Village 60107
Streamwood Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60107
Bloomingdale Area Chamber Chamber 60108
Village of Carpentersville Village 60110
Village of East Dundee Village 60118
Village of West Dundee Village 60118

Elgin Area Chamber City 60120
Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau - Northern Fox River Valley Convention 60120
City of Elmhurst Economic Development Office City 60126
Village of Hanover Park Village 60133
City of Geneva Economic Development Department City 60134
Kane County Economic Development Advisory Board - KCEDAB - Geneva IL County 60134

KCEDAB   municipalities  profiles

Village of Gilberts Village 60136
West Central Municipal Conference - Westchester Region 60154
City of St. Charles City 60174
Village of South Elgin Village 60177
South Elgin Economic Development Village 60177
South Elgin Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60177
The I-39 Logistics Corridor Association Region 60178

Roger G. Hopkins

DeKalb County EDC (Sycamore) County 60178

Village of Carol Stream Village 60188
Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates 6019x    
Village of Roselle Village 60172
Chicago's Greater Northwest - Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Convention 60173
City of Wood Dale City 60191
Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60191
Village of Schaumburg Village 60193

Matt Frank


Village of Hoffman Estates Village 60195

Gary Skoog

Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60195 847-781-9100
Evanston - North Shore 602xx   see also Northern Suburbs above
Northwestern University - Evanston Research Park 60201 847-864-9334
City of Evanston - Planning Division - Community Development Department City 60201

Dennis Marino

Southern Chicago Suburbs 604xx    
Crete Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60417 708-672-9216
Village of Frankfort IL Village 60423
Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau - Lansing Convention - 60438
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60429 708-957-6950
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association Region 60429 708-206-1155
Chicago Southland Development Inc. Region 60430
Will County Center for Economic Development - Joliet IL County 60432
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber 60434
Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60440 630-226-8420
Village of Matteson Economic Development Village 60443 708-283-4940
South Suburban Airport Project - Illinois Department of Transportation - Matteson new airport 60443 - master plan - Peotone Crete Monee area

Village of Mokena Village 60448
Village of New Lenox Local 60451
Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber 60455 708-598-1700
Village of Orland Park Village 60462 708-403-6115
Village of Orland Hills Village 60477
Village of Tinley Park Village 60477
Metro Southwest Alliance (MSA) - Tinley Park 60477
Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Development 60481
Aurora - Naperville - I-88 605xx    
Aurora Economic Dev. Commission City 60506

Sherman Jenkins

DuPage County Office of Economic Development - DuPageBiz County 60515 630-407-6670
DuPage National Technology Park Tech park
Downers Grove Econ. Dev. Commission Village 60515
Warrenville Chamber of Commerce Chamber 60555 630-393-9080
Chicago Metro Area 606xx    
World Business Chicago Metro 60601 Ad in fDi magazine

TEL 312-553-0500
Enterpriz Cook County County 60602
Chicago - Cook County County 60602
Chicago Department of Planning & Development City 60602
Campaign for Sensible Growth - and the Metropolitan Planning Council 60602 sustainable development and regional planning

The Global Chicago Center of the
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Metro 60604 global networking, association

Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) Region 60606 
ComEd (Exelon) Regional utility 60606

Ed Sitar

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce - Chicago IL Chamber 60611 312-494-6700
Chicago Community Ventures - and Chicago Prospector - GIS tool for the Chicago metro area 60612

Chicago Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention and tourism 60616


FTZ #22 Chicago - Illinois International Port District FTZ 60617    
Northwestern Illinois 610xx    
Freeport Area Economic Development Foundation Local 61032    
Rock Falls Community Development Corp. Local 61071
Greater Rockford Metro Area 611xx    
City of Rockford, IL City
Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber
Winnebago County Illinois Department of Regional Planning and Economic Development County 61101
Rockford Area Economic Development Council - RAEDC Metro 61101 815-987-8118

logistics study - Winnebago County

FTZ #176 Greater Rockford Airport Authority FTZ 61109    
Quad Cities Metro Area 612xx    
Quad City Development Group Metro 61201
FTZ #133 Quad Cities - Rock Island FTZ 61201    
City of Rock Island City 61202 309-732-2920  
Illinois Valley, I-80 Corridor 613xx    
Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development (LaSalle) Region 61301
City of Mendota City 61342
Village of Walnut Chamber of Commerce Chamber 61376 815-379-2141
Central Illinois Regions    
Western Illinois 614xx    
Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association Local 61401 309-341-2001
Galesburg Logistics Park Development 61401
Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Chamber 61443 309-852-2175
Macomb Area Economic Development Corp. - MAEDCO - McDonough County County 61455 309-837-4684
Western Illinois Corridor Council - Macomb IL - many counties Region 61455
Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership - Monmouth IL - Henderson County, Warren County County 61462 309-734-4253
Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois Regional workforce development
Peoria Metro Area 615xx    
City of Canton - Fulton County City 61520 309-647-2640 
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois - Peoria region - The Heartland Partnership City 61602
FTZ #114 Peoria Economic Development Council FTZ 61602 309-495-5952
Bloomington Metro Area 617xx    
The Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area McLean County 61704 (309) 661-6332
Champaign-Urbana Metro Area 618xx    
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation County 61820 217-359-6261
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Chamber 61820 217-359-1791
Vermilion Advantage, Danville, IL County 61832 800-373-6201
Monticello Chamber of Commerce Chamber 61856 217-762-7921
Southern Illinois Region    
Coles Together (Mattoon) County 61938
Paris Area Chamber of Commerce - Edgar County IL Chamber 61944
Southwestern Illinois 620xx - 622xx    
The Alliance of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Local 62025
Southwestern Illinois Leadership Council, Edwardsville - Madison and St. Clair counties Region 62025 618-692-9745
Madison County, Edwardsville IL County 62025
City of Edwardsville IL City
The Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois - Godfrey Region 62035
FTZ #31 Granite City - Tri-City Regional Port District FTZ 62040    
Jersey County Economic Development Corp. County 62052 618-498-7500  
O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce Chamber 62269 618-632-3377
West Central Illinois 623xx    
Great River Economic Development Foundation (Quincy) Local 62301 217-223-4313
Adams County, Illinois County 62301
Quincy Chamber of Commerce Chamber 62301 217-222-7980
Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port District, Quincy IL - with Iowa, Missouri Intermodal port and FTZ development 62305 217-222-3111
City of Barry Economic Development City 62312
Carthage Community Development - Hancock County City 62321 217-357-3800
Pike County Economic Development Corp - Pittsfield IL County 62363 217-285-1363
Pittsfield Economic Development Corp. - Calhoun County Local 62363 217-285-4484
East Central Illinois 624xx    
FTZ #146 Lawrence County FTZ 62439   Lawrence County FTZ 146
Lawrence County Industrial Development Council - Lawrenceville County 62439 618-943-5219
Jasper County Chamber of Commerce - Newton IL County 62448
Richland County Development Corporation - Olney IL County 62450 618-392-2305
City of Vandalia, IL Economic Development - Fayette County (on I-70 between Effingham and St. Louis, roughly 60 mi south of Decatur on Rt. 51) City 62471 618.283.1152
Crawford County Development Association - Robinson IL County 62454
Decatur Metro Area 625xx    
FTZ #245 Decatur Airport FTZ 62521
Economic Development Corp. of Decatur and Macon County County 62523
Illinois Power Regional utility 62525
Central Illinois 626xx    
Macoupin County Economic Development - Carlinville County 62626 217/854-7727  
City of Havana - Mason County City 62644
Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation - serves the Morgan County and Scott County area near Springfield.  This low-cost and uncongested area has large strategic sites and industrial buildings with convenient interstate highway, rail and river services.  Survey   Profile

Region 62650


Terry Denison




Bonni Waters


Wages, skills






Continental Cooperative Services utility 62651 217-245-6161
Lincoln & Logan County Chamber & Economic Development County 62656
Menard County Economic Development County 62675 217-632-5123  
Schuyler County - Rushville IL County 62681 217-322-3003  
Greater Springfield Metro Area 627xx    
The Economic Development Council - Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Springfield IL Metro 62701
City of Springfield City 62701
South Central Illinois 628xx    
SCIGA - South Central Illinois Growth Association - Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington counties - the Kaskaskia College district 5 counties

City of Centralia City 62801
Southeastern Illinois      
City of Mount Carmel - Wabash County City 62803
Southeastern Alliance of Illinois - nine county region - Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White counties Region 62806
Franklin County Economic Development (FREDCO), Benton IL County 62812

William Dill


IL community profile links

Fairfield-Wayne County Development Commission County 62837
City of Flora, Illinois in Clay County, within 30 minutes of major interstates for north-south or east-west logistics, and a municipal airport near the industrial park for just-in-time air freight capabilities to support manufacturers such as automotive suppliers

City 62839


Dan Sulsberger



Data Profile

White County Economic Development Group - WEDG - Grayville County 62844
City of Salem IL Economic Development City 62881
Salem Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chamber 62881
Southern Illinois 629xx    
Carbondale Business Development Corporation City 62901
City of Carbondale City 62901
Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission - Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope and Saline counties - Harrisburg IL Region 62946 618-252-7463
Herrin Chamber of Commerce Chamber 62948
Regional Economic Development Corp. - Marion IL Region 62959
Marion Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 62959
Williamson County Regional Airport Airport 62959
City of Metropolis City 62960
Illinois and Missouri      
Ameren - St. Louis, MO and also Springfield IL, Peoria IL Regional utility 63166
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger Great Lakes region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.  These area representatives would typically include
  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.


Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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