Region Specific Assistance

Region Specific Assistance

The Illinois Department of Commerce is Your One-Stop Resource

Submit your information and inquiry.  A member of our Regional Economic Development Team will follow up with you directly.

Illinois businesses benefit from the state’s strategic location, world-class transportation and logistics infrastructure, well-educated workforce, major research and higher education assets, and legacy of innovation. To make your selection process quick and efficient, the Illinois Department of Commerce provides free and confidential services to companies seeking to locate or expand in Illinois. 

We are your one-stop resource for:

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

In addition, Illinois offers a highly competitive suite of incentives that may be available, including:

  • Tax Credits Based on Job Creation
  • Enterprise Zones & HIB Designations
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Workforce Recruitment & Training
  • Non-Traditional Loans
  • Roadway, Rail & Infrastructure

Regional Economic Development Contacts

To help ensure local coordination for your project, the State of Illinois is divided into ten economic development regions.

Please click on the map or menu above for regional details and contact information.

Click here to download a copy of the Illinois Economic Development Regional map.


Statewide Economic Development Contacts

Jonathan McGee
Deputy Director 

Jacqueline D. Franklin, MBA
Assistant Deputy Director

Northwest Region Northern Stateline Region Northeast Region West Central Region North Central Region East Central Region Central Region Southwest Region SouthEast Region Southern Region 


Team RED Office hours

DCEO’s Regional Economic Development Team is hosting weekly office hours on the days and times listed below.  These sessions are designed as open times that the Team is available.  The Team will provide you with the latest updates and answer any questions you may have on state or federal programs.  Feel free to drop in for any assistance you need.  If these times do not work for you, please reach out to your regional Team RED representative.  We’re always here to help.

Mondays from 3pm – 4pm
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Wednesdays from 1pm – 2pm
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Thursdays from 3pm – 4pm
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Fridays from 10am – 11am
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