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To build your business for tomorrow, be in Illinois today

Illinois is home to more Fortune 500 companies, spanning advancing manufacturing, agribusiness, electric vehicles, information technology, life sciences, transport and more.

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Top facts about Illinois

The 5th biggest economy in the U.S. is home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, millions of educated and skilled workers and a central location completely connected to the rest of the world. See more of what makes Illinois the place to be for your business with this downloadable infographic.

Talent, location, community: How Rivian came to be in Illinois

Rivian chose to build its first manufacturing facility in Illinois for many reasons, such as the state’s proximity to top-tier talent as well as Normal’s central location and access to infrastructure. In this Q&A, Rivian’s Zack Dietmeier will touch on the facility’s expansion, the development of Illinois’ EV ecosystem, and offer helpful insights to prospective EV companies looking to set up businesses in new locations.

Defining the future of food: Chicago food innovation investment soars 500%

A new research report shows how Chicago’s strong foundation in the food industry, combined with a growing network of startups, incubators, and investors puts the city – and the state more broadly – at the forefront of innovation. Since 2019, venture capital in food innovation has soared more than 500%. Investment is flowing to three main areas: new ingredients and foods, new ways of getting products to customers, and new technology from packaging to robots to kitchen tools.

Universities in Illinois

Replenishing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

Each year, the University of Illinois system graduates more engineers than MIT, Stanford and CalTech combined. It’s just one of the reasons our talent pool is second to none. More than 24,000 newly minted engineers are walking across the graduation stage this weekend: Will their next stop be your workforce?

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Lion Electric: A trailblazer in Illinois manufacturing

Take a look inside Lion Electric’s all-electric school bus facility and hear how Illinois’ mix of skilled workers, robust infrastructure, and a compelling vision for the future is helping spark the electric revolution.

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Illinois climbs corporate investment rankings to claim no. 3 spot

Illinois is climbing the ranks of investment destinations, coming in third in the nation for corporate expansion and relocation projects in 2021, up one spot from the previous year. The state also ranks 7th in projects per capita, and is seeing strong interest in industries like electric vehicles, finance, agribusiness, and health.

Beyond the commute: Commercial electric vehicles

Passenger cars get most of the buzz around electric vehicles. But commercial and industrial uses are an increasingly important driver of the fast-growing industry.

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The inside story on being in Illinois

Hear from the leadership behind Rivian, viaPhoton, Ingersoll Machine Tools, and more on why Illinois’ friendly business climate and welcoming culture compels them to stay for the long haul.

To build your business for tomorrow, be in Illinois today

Illinois is home to more Fortune 500 companies, spanning advancing manufacturing, agribusiness, electric vehicles, information technology, life sciences, transport and more.

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