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.

Peoria region

Though often regarded as the “Earthmoving Capital of the World” given the presence of large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) like Caterpillar, the Peoria area in Central Illinois is also home to the 182nd Airlift Wing of the Illinois National Guard, which maintains and operates eight C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of transporting large amounts of personnel and equipment over long distances.


Greater Peoria Region Community Profile

Greater Peoria Region Economic Profile

Greater Peoria Region Summary

Greater Peoria Region Kickoff Meeting Presentation

Greater Peoria Region Economic Composition and Change Analysis