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.

Quad Cities Region

Perched along the Mississippi River at the Illinois-Iowa border, the Quad Cities – which consist of Rock Island and Moline on the Illinois side and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Illinois side – are anchored by the Rock Island Arsenal. With leadership from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab, and the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University, 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.


Quad Cities Region Economic Profile

Quad Cities Region Community Profile

Quad Cities Region Summary

Quad Cities Region Economic Composition and Change Analysis