Illinois Northwest Region

Regional Hubs

  • Quad Cities (Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, Silvis)
  • Ottawa
  • Dixon
  • Sterling
  • Galena

Counties

  • Rock Island
  • LaSalle
  • Whiteside
  • Henry
  • Lee
  • Bureau
  • Jo Daviess
  • Mercer
  • Carroll
  • Putnam

Key Industries

  • Corporate Operations
  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Advanced Metals & Materials
  • Defense Manufacturing Transportation
  • Logistics & Warehousing

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Home to John Deere & Company World Headquarters
  • Population 475,667; Workforce: 247,000+; highest concentration of production workforce in the USA.
  • Presence of 150 FORTUNE 1000 companies in Quad Cities Region.
  • Rock Island Arsenal US Military installation with 7,000 federal and contractor employees
  • Multi-modal transportation options include road, rail, river, runway, U.S. Customs Port of Entry:
    • Interstates 39, 88, 74 and 80 connecting region to entire North American Continent 
    • 3 Class-I railroads and 1 Class-II railroad
    • Quad City International Airport
    • Mississippi River Ports of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
    • Distribution centers can access 80 percent of households in U.S. within 24hr drive

Region Specific Assistance

Adrian Madunic
Northwest Region Manager
217-299-5532
adrian.madunic@illinois.gov

The Illinois Department of Commerce is Your One-Stop Resource

  • Site Selection
  • Customized Workforce Training
  • Regional & Local Collaboration
  • Expedited Permitting, Licensing & Other Approvals
  • Connection to Key Stakeholders and Civic & Business Partners
  • Potential Financial Support
  • And more!