Our team is working with five Illinois communities who have clear links to the defense industry based on the presence of key military assets (e.g., bases, training facilities), high concentration of manufacturers, or both.

Northeast Illinois Region

The Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is located at the southernmost part of Lake Michigan and includes the Great Lakes Naval Base training facility. With leadership from the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC), an EDA-designated “manufacturing community,” CMMC convenes metal manufacturers and relevant stakeholders to develop matchmaking events and facilitate information sharing that lead to new business opportunities for manufacturers in the region, many of which may be linked to broader defense supply chains. Lake County Partners, a trusted nonprofit service provider and business outreach organization, also has ties to the Great Lakes Naval Base, which is located in Lake County, the third largest in the state.