Feeding the World

Home to 72,000 of the nation’s farms, Illinois feeds the world. Illinois farms are top producers of corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy and poultry. The state ranks 3rd nationally in the export of agricultural commodities with $8.2 billion worth of goods shipped to other countries.

In addition to its agricultural prowess, Illinois boasts unrivaled expertise in food processing, employing more than 78,000 people and ranking #3 nationally with a GRP of $12.3B. Some of the world’s most well-known food producers call Illinois home. The state is also the top state in the nation for food private manufacturing R&D and a leader in agtech. Additionally, Illinois is home to three of the five publicly traded cannabis companies.

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March 1, 2023

Illinois Ranks #2 State in the Nation for Corporate Investment

Chicago takes the title as ‘Top Metro’ in the nation for 10th straight year Site Selection Magazine, an international industry-leading business publication, released its annual corporate expansion and relocation rankings, naming Illinois 2nd in the nation for corporate projects and Chicago the Top Metro for the 10th year in a row. The publication noted 487 […]

December 20, 2022

Intersect Illinois Appoints Robin Elliott to Board of Directors

Elliott to represent Busey Bank in efforts to bring economic growth and jobs to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Busey Bank President & CEO Robin Elliott has joined its board of directors. Elliott will bring his experience in working in financial services throughout Illinois’ communities to help generate economic growth and jobs for the […]

November 2, 2022

Intersect Illinois 2022 Annual Report Shows $402M in Investment

New Push Leads to 137% Growth in Investment and 112% Increase in Jobs South of I80 Intersect Illinois, the state’s not-for-profit economic development organization focused on bringing jobs and investment to Illinois, today released its annual report for the 2022 fiscal year. The report highlights businesses that Intersect Illinois helped relocate or expand during the […]

October 17, 2022

Polly Eldringhoff Appointed to Intersect Illinois Board of Directors

Eldringhoff to represent Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in efforts to bring economic growth and jobs to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Polly Eldringhoff, vice president of operational performance and compliance for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, has joined its board of directors. Eldringhoff’s experience in planning and community engagement will help […]

October 14, 2022

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. Announces New $68 Million Distribution Center in Princeton

New center will create more than 145 jobs; facility will be completed in 2024 PRINCETON — Governor JB Pritzker, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. (Ollie’s), and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that Ollie’s will build a new distribution center in Princeton, which will meet growing demand and support the company’s […]