DIA Program Team


the University of Illinois system



The University of Illinois is the state’s world-class public research university system that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Springfield. The U of I has taken an active leadership role in supporting economic development for the entire state, including taking steps to elevate the state’s and the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness. The U of I is the Principle Investigator for the Illinois DIA Program providing program oversight and management, as well as supporting statewide supply chain mapping activities.
DIA Program Manager: Joey Mak, Director of Innovation & Economic Development, University of Illinois, jmak@uillinois.edu


Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, UIC

The Voorhees Center, a unit of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a dynamic resource center that engages residents, leaders, and policymakers seeking effective strategies for advancing community livability and vitality.  While rooted in Chicago, the center’s community-driven and interdisciplinary approach has connected it with communities across the region, nation, and abroad. The Voorhees Center is leading community engagement efforts, asset mapping and data analysis for the Illinois DIA Program.                  
DIA Contact: Janet Smith, Co-Director and Professor, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago, janets@uic.edu


Quad Cities Chamber 


The Quad Cities Chamber  is the community and economic development organization serving western Illinois and eastern Iowa. The Chamber is a champion for business and community growth in the region. It proudly helps drive Q2030: A Regional Action Plan to increase talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all. The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is a program of the Chamber that supports the prosperity pillar of Q2030 by providing a network of resources and support for area manufacturers and others in the defense industry supply chain to connect, collaborate, and learn about the technological and digital changes that will transform the face of their industry.
DIA Contact: Vicky Miller, Director, Defense Industry Economic Diversification Program, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, vmiller@quadcitieschamber.com