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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—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 »

#MFGday16 – Manufacturing in Champaign County

In honor of National Manufacturing Day 2016 (#MFGday16), here’s a look at the Manufacturing Industry in Champaign County: 7,444 jobs (2016) $59,285 average earnings per job (2016) 154 establishments (2015) *A single physical location of some type of economic activity (a business), used for reporting purposes in government data sources. A single company may have Read more »

Manufacturing Roundtable: Early College and Career Academy (ECCA)


To celebrate National Manufacturing Day & Manufacturing Month (as determined by the Illinois Department of Commerce), we teamed up with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to host a Manufacturing Roundtable on Tuesday, October 4th at Parkland College. The discussion focused on the Early College and Career Academy (ECCA), a joint effort of Education for Read more »