Data-Driven. Community Focused. 

The Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program supports the state’s defense and manufacturing industries by delivering resources and providing new insights that help companies and communities grow, diversify, and become more resilient.

In 2015, the University of Illinois received a two-year, $5.5 million grant (matched by $775,000 from local sources) from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), which helps local communities adapt to DoD program changes, expansions, and cutbacks.

With its active DoD installations and diverse industrial base, Illinois has strong links to the military and the companies and people that support it.

The Illinois DIA Program is a partnership between the University of Illinois System, the Voorhees Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, with support from several local community partners across the state.

This federal funding will support a data-driven study into how we can best utilize Illinois’ defense assets and support the surrounding communities. This information is critical to developing a comprehensive strategy to strengthen our defense installations and support local economic development.
— Dick Durbin, Illinois Senator and Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

Illinois' Defense Footprint

program goals and metrics

Collect Data

  • Comprehensive mapping of the state’s defense assets and defense/manufacturing industry supply chains
  • Integration of new insights with existing reports, data sets, and technology roadmaps

Data to Insights

  • Capacity building and technical assistance including: data review, analysis and interpretation, community engagement, knowledge sharing, and strategic planning


  • Pilot program (in Quad Cities) to accelerate local defense adjustment activities

  • Develop and implement data-driven response strategies in other defense communities