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II-VI EpiWorks Announces Major Expansion in Champaign

II-VI EpiWorks has announced a major expansion in Champaign – a new state-of-the-art production facility. The expansion is expected to be complete by mid-2017 and will enable a quadrupling of capacity in Champaign over the next three years. This project will bring 100+ new high tech jobs to our area. “EpiWorks is a true community Read more »

Innovation Celebration 2017: Save the Date + Nominations Open

We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our Read more »

2016 Central Illinois Tour

Together with the EDC of Decatur & Macon County, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, and Midwest Inland Port, we hosted a Central Illinois Tour of the Decatur and Champaign-Urbana communities October 4-5, 2016. Purpose: an opportunity for Chicago Consuls General and Trade Commissioners to tour the Central Illinois region to experience the Read more »

Facebook Live Q&A: Unit 4 Referendum

In advance of the November 8th election, Champaign Unit 4 Schools—in partnership with us and chambanamoms.com—will host a live Facebook Q&A on the school facilities referendum next Monday, October 17th. The hour-long broadcast will take place on the Unit 4 Facebook page starting at 8:30 p.m. Community members will have the opportunity to gather information Read more »

Grand Opening: The Tech Nest at AARP

Today we celebrated the Grand Opening of The Tech Nest at AARP at the University of Illinois Research Park, the latest addition to AARP’s Innovation portfolio!  The new technology lab, a 2,700 square-foot innovation-focused facility, enables AARP to collaborate with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and faculty on leading-edge, technology-based research and creative solutions Read more »