Economic Overview


A Booming Economy

The 17th largest economy in the world, Illinois has grown and attracted some of the most innovative and iconic companies on the planet—including Amazon, Caterpillar, Boeing and Wrigley Company—thanks to its many advantages for business and talent.

Among the state’s greatest assets are its talent pool of nearly 6.5 million people—about a third of whom hold a bachelor’s degree or higher—and one of the finest transportation and logistics networks in the country. Tax credits are offered by our partners at the state and local level to select companies considering alternative locations.

Quick Facts
Largest GDP
in the Nation
Quick Facts
Largest Economy
in the World
Based on GDP
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November 30, 2018

Salesforce Announces Salesforce Tower Chicago, Commits to Adding 1,000 New Local Jobs

Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced Salesforce Tower Chicago, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Chicago. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 1,000 new jobs locally, over the next five years, helping fuel the city’s economic development.

March 5, 2018

Illinois Ranks Third in Governor’s Cup Awards From Site Selection Magazine

Awarded for The Most Economic Development Projects March 5, 2018 – Congratulations are in order for the state of Illinois and the combined work efforts of INTERSECT ILLINOIS, the statewide private economic development organization, and the states’ local economic development organizations! In the highly coveted Governor’s Cup rankings for 2017, Illinois ranked third in the […]

July 27, 2017

Intersect Illinois reveals results of statewide study to retain, grow business

More than 600 business owners participated in inaugural program year (Chicago, IL) – CORE (Creating Opportunities for Retention and Expansion), a statewidecoalition of economic development professionals designed to retain jobs and investments, and ensure existing businesses in Illinois remain economically viable, released the results from the first year study of over 600 businesses. Intersect Illinois […]

May 15, 2017

MetLife to Reopen Freeport Insurance Center and Add 150 Jobs

MetLife to Reopen Freeport Insurance Center and Add 150 Jobs FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — MetLife Home & Auto will reopen the downtown Freeport facility it closed three years ago and add 150 jobs over the next three years. The Journal-Standard in Freeport (http://bit.ly/2q6YEIH ) reports that officials told MetLife’s approximately 200 existing employees the news […]

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Brent Case

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Business Development

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