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 Program Manager: Yittayih Zelalem, Co-Director and Research Assistant Professor, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago, yittazel@uic.edu


Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce


The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is the community and economic development organization serving western Illinois and eastern Iowa. As the largest business organization in the region, they are committed to advancing the economic strength of our community. The Quad Cities, which consist of Rock Island and Moline on the Illinois side and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side, are anchored by the Rock Island Arsenal. The region recently launched the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, a virtual hub that bundles business services and technical assistance to companies in the region, many of which are closely linked with the Rock Island Arsenal. The Quad Cities Chamber is leading the defense industry assessment for QC the region to be integrated with DIA’s statewide analysis. They will also serve as a pilot on how best to deliver direct support services and action plan implementation to local industry stakeholders.
DIA Program Manager: Vicky Miller, Director, Defense Industry Economic Diversification Program, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, vmiller@quadcitieschamber.com