What is the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program? 

The University of Illinois was awarded a $5.5 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to assist Illinois communities that have been adversely impacted by changes in federal defense spending.

With its active DoD installations and diverse industrial base, Illinois has strong links to the military and the companies and people that support it. What Illinois lacks is a data-driven approach to quantifying the breadth of its defense sector – as well as its potential vulnerability – amid changing defense spending landscape.  


Learn more about the mission of the Illinois DIA Program, our partners, and the five initial Illinois communities we will be working with to implement the program. 


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