Office of Regional Economic Development

The Regional Economic Development (RED) Team is Your One-Stop Resource  

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 office of Team RED provides free and confidential services to companies seeking to expand or relocate within Illinois.


  • 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


To help ensure local coordination for your project, the State of Illinois is divided into 10 economic development regions.

Download a copy of the Illinois Economic Development Regional map or the Illinois Economic Development Week Handbook 2021.


Statewide Economic Development Contacts

Jonathan McGee
Deputy Director 

Jacqueline D. Franklin, MBA
Assistant Deputy Director

Contact a member of our Regional Economic Development Team for assistance.

Team RED Office hours

DCEO’s Regional Economic Development Team is hosting weekly office hours on the days and times listed below.

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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