• Why the Illinois Valley

  • The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce's and Economic Development team is dedicated to assisting you with your business relocation or expansion and making your transition into the region as smooth as possible.

    Economy

    Since its earliest settlements, the Illinois Valley has maintained a diverse economy, benefiting from its location at numerous transportation crossroads and its ample natural resources. The present-day diverse economy of the Illinois Valley includes agriculture, mining, manufacturing, machining, logistics, and countless services.

    Sitting at natural and man-made crossroads, the Illinois Valley has long been a logistics hub (please see the separate link, Transportation). The towns of LaSalle and Peru sprang up near the confluence of the now idle Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal and the Illinois River. The Illinois River remains a major transportation route, and the Illinois Valley has numerous barge docks. With its rail access and position at the intersections of Interstates 80, 180, and 39 and US Highway 6, the Illinois Valley is a vital multi-modal transportation hub and is the home to several logistics businesses.

     

    The legacy of the Illinois Valley’s early emergence as an economic hub and its continued diverse economy is its ample supply of skilled crafts and trades and its persistent entrepreneurial spirit.

     

    We invite you to use the resources on this site to learn more about why North Central Illinois is a great place to do business.

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    The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development is a three-county region comprised of La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties and includes 24 cities and villages throughout. Located just over an hour southwest of Chicago and within a 60 mile radius of 1.7 million people, the Illinois Valley Area is home to hundreds chief employers and additional businesses, creating a robust and growing economy with a laborforce of nearly 300,000 people and network of nearly 20 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius provides companies with a pool of highly skilled and educated workers to draw from.

    Key Regional Advantages

    • Access to major markets, without paying major market prices
    • One of the lowest property tax rates in Illinois
    • Locally owned fiber optic line runs from Chicago to Denver, giving businesses the ability to operate as if they were in downtown Chicago at a tenth of the cost
    • Efficient transportation options: road, rail, river, runway
    • Nearly 20 colleges and universities within a 60 mile radius
    • Robust workforce training resources
    • Flexible business assistance programs
    • Multiple TIF Districts and Enterprise Zones