Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity The Illinois Department of Commerce is the State Agency that leads economic development efforts For more information, visit www.illinois.gov/dceo
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The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is the State Agency that leads economic development efforts for Illinois. Our main focus is to retain and create jobs in Illinois by marketing to:

* Existing businesses encouraging them to reinvest and create more jobs for Illinois citizens;
* New businesses inviting them to relocate, invest, and create new jobs;
* Internation

al companies positioning Illinois as a global business destination for Foreign Direct Investment;
* Entrepreneurs and investors connecting resources to support their startups and ventures; and
* Locally and globally promoting Illinois as a world-class tourism and film destination. Our Department is organized into the following Offices that are laser focused on economic growth for the State of Illinois: Business Development; Community Development; Employment & Training; Energy & Recycling; Energy Assistance; Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology; Film; Tourism; Trade & Investment; and Urban Assistance.

Today DCEO is spotlighting DJ Rated AG, LLC. Antwon George, the owner, shared what Black History Month means to him.“Bla...
02/20/2024

Today DCEO is spotlighting DJ Rated AG, LLC. Antwon George, the owner, shared what Black History Month means to him.

“Black History is important to me as a Black Business Owner because it reminds me how powerful Black minds are, creative Black art and expression is, and that my ancestors paved the way for me to contribute in that power and creativity. Blacks in business must recognize all of the advantages of being in this position and continue to become knowledgeable about all of the opportunities that are available to us.”

02/18/2024

Through the Reimagining Energy and Vehicles ( ) Illinois Program, the State is bolstering in the clean jobs economy.

⚡ TCCI Manufacturing
⚡ Manner Polymers
⚡ Prysmian Group North America
⚡ MicroLink Devices, Inc.

⚡ Wieland Group North America

Waukegan Public Schools District 60’s new Wraparound Center recently opened in downtown Waukegan. 🏢 With $2.5 million in...
02/17/2024

Waukegan Public Schools District 60’s new Wraparound Center recently opened in downtown Waukegan. 🏢

With $2.5 million in grant funding from DCEO, the center will provide access to an array of social services ranging from counseling, therapeutic support, legal aid and more to support members of the community.

With a pair of social service agencies filling a majority of its intended needs and set to fill a most of its offices, the Wraparound Center planned by Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 is…

More than a million square feet of new restaurants, stores, offices and more are coming to The District at Veridian in S...
02/16/2024

More than a million square feet of new restaurants, stores, offices and more are coming to The District at Veridian in Schaumburg. 🏙️ The new businesses will boost economic development by attracting visitors from surrounding areas.

https://bit.ly/3T0idzf

A grocer and multiple restaurant tenants are early signers to The District at Veridian, the residential and commercial area starting construction this year at the east end of the 225-acre Veridian dev...

DCEO’s Cassandra Vaughn, who has worked for DCEO for over two decades, shared what Black History Month means to her as t...
02/15/2024

DCEO’s Cassandra Vaughn, who has worked for DCEO for over two decades, shared what Black History Month means to her as the Department continues its celebration. For Cassandra, Black History Month is a time for celebration and to acknowledge the achievements and history of African American culture.

NEWS: DCEO awarded $18 million in grant funding to 36 recipients, serving 1,700 community members statewide, as part of ...
02/15/2024

NEWS: DCEO awarded $18 million in grant funding to 36 recipients, serving 1,700 community members statewide, as part of the state’s continued effort to expand the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program. https://bit.ly/3SVQgsh

Make your gift-giving extra special this Valentine's Day by supporting an  . 💌Find homemade and handmade gifts for yours...
02/14/2024

Make your gift-giving extra special this Valentine's Day by supporting an . 💌

Find homemade and handmade gifts for yourself and your loved ones with Enjoy Illinois gift guide.

Sweet treats, flowers and handmade gifts made by Illinois Made Makers.

Attention Grantseekers! DCEO’s Office of Accountability is hosting a virtual training to discuss the financial aspects o...
02/14/2024

Attention Grantseekers! DCEO’s Office of Accountability is hosting a virtual training to discuss the financial aspects of the grant process, including use of the Uniform Budget Template, procurement policies, reporting requirements, and proper supporting documentation.

Wednesday, February 21
9-10 a.m.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Rajnrp

Danville’s historic Fischer Theatre was awarded a 6-figure   grant! 🎥The $245,000 grant will be used to book acts months...
02/13/2024

Danville’s historic Fischer Theatre was awarded a 6-figure grant! 🎥

The $245,000 grant will be used to book acts months in advance, further increasing traffic and sales in the thriving community.

“This funding from the state is a lifeline,” said Jason Rome.

For today’s Black History Month business spotlight, DCEO asked the President of DAMRON Corporation what Black History Mo...
02/13/2024

For today’s Black History Month business spotlight, DCEO asked the President of
DAMRON Corporation what Black History Month means to him.

“Black History Month is important to celebrate because it provides a dedicated time to recognize and celebrate the achievements, contributions, and resilience of African Americans throughout history. It highlights the rich cultural heritage and serves as a platform to promote awareness, understanding, and unity. Its history is under attack, and we understand that we stand on the blood and sweat of the giant shoulders of those who have gone before us.”

Learn more about Damron Corporation’s 30+ years of business at http://www.damroncorp.com/

Today we celebrate the birthday of our 16th president, and recognize the many contributions he made to the state, countr...
02/12/2024

Today we celebrate the birthday of our 16th president, and recognize the many contributions he made to the state, country, and the world. Even today, his legacy continues to inspire those striving for progress in the face of adversity.

Illinois is truly proud to bear the name, Land of Lincoln.

Top scientists have recommended Illinois’ Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as a site for revolutionary research.  L...
02/09/2024

Top scientists have recommended Illinois’ Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
as a site for revolutionary research.

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An influential panel of the world’s top particle physicists is recommending exploring building the most powerful collider on Earth to help unwind the universe’s mysteries.

McDonald's first CosMc's location sees double the traffic of a typical McDonald’s in just one month! 🥤The trendy beverag...
02/08/2024

McDonald's first CosMc's location sees double the traffic of a typical McDonald’s in just one month! 🥤

The trendy beverage spinoff is quickly becoming a fan favorite while increasing sales and business throughout the city of Bolingbrook.


McDonald's new trendy beverage-led spinoff CosMc's is pulling in younger customers at a faster clip than a typical Mickey D's with Big Macs and fries, according to one early traffic estimate.

To celebrate  , we asked members of Team DCEO what Black History Month means to them.  Meet Angela Lewis, who has worked...
02/08/2024

To celebrate , we asked members of Team DCEO what Black History Month means to them.

Meet Angela Lewis, who has worked for the State of Illinois for over 10 years. For Angela, Black History Month represents the long struggles that her ancestors faced. But it also represents the many accomplishments that we conquered over the decades.

NEWS: DCEO awarded $3.3 million in grant funding for projects along Route 66 to boost local tourism and prioritize futur...
02/07/2024

NEWS: DCEO awarded $3.3 million in grant funding for projects along Route 66 to boost local tourism and prioritize future transportation trends like EVs. https://bit.ly/4bqwH2t

Join OMEE on Feb. 14th at 10am for a critical discussion about the history & success of Black business and entrepreneurs...
02/07/2024

Join OMEE on Feb. 14th at 10am for a critical discussion about the history & success of Black business and entrepreneurship in Illinois. The panel will include business experts across various industries.

To register visit http://bit.ly/3UlUFGi

This Black History Month, DCEO is highlighting successful Black-owned businesses across the state. To kick off the celeb...
02/05/2024

This Black History Month, DCEO is highlighting successful Black-owned businesses across the state. To kick off the celebration, the owners of Bocadillo Market explained why celebrating Black History Month is important to them.

“Black History Month is important to celebrate creativity of African American culture. It celebrates American history past and present. We celebrate African American achievements, inventions, and understanding your history allows you dream for your future.”

Learn more about Bocadillo Market at https://www.bocadillomarket.com/

DCEO is hiring! We have a variety of openings across the state, including:✔️ External Audit Review Manager✔️ Classificat...
02/02/2024

DCEO is hiring! We have a variety of openings across the state, including:

✔️ External Audit Review Manager
✔️ Classification Specialist
✔️ Grant Management Coordinator
✔️ VCP Platform Coordinator

Apply today! https://bit.ly/3MNt2zV

The State of Illinois is proud to partner with IMEC to launch the Made in Illinois Grant Program to support small and mi...
02/02/2024

The State of Illinois is proud to partner with IMEC to launch the Made in Illinois Grant Program to support small and mid-sized manufacturers. Through the program, eligible manufacturers may receive up to $50K in grant funding.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/49hC0PP

This   Illinois is proud to celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of Illinois’ Black-owned businesses & entrepr...
02/01/2024

This Illinois is proud to celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of Illinois’ Black-owned businesses & entrepreneurs.

Make sure to visit our website for information about events and resources – http://bit.ly/3UlUFGi

The Illinois stand was buzzing with activity at Arab Health.  DCEO’s Office of Trade and Investment led a delegation of ...
02/01/2024

The Illinois stand was buzzing with activity at Arab Health. DCEO’s Office of Trade and Investment led a delegation of Illinois companies to Dubai to promote Illinois’ healthcare sector - $830 million in product going to the region last year alone. In addition to the many preset company meetings, the delegation was honored with a visit from U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Martina Strong.

To meet the Illinois delegation at Arab Health and learn more about trade and investment opportunities, please stop by Hall 1 E58 or visit https://dceo.illinois.gov/smallbizassistance/export.html.

02/01/2024

Today's the day. 🙌

Tune in live at 1:00 for our free webinar about developing long-term workforce success. Our CEO Dan Seals will moderate esteemed panelists from ADM, University of Illinois System, Motorola Solutions and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

Sign up here: https://ow.ly/8rUi50Qvu0c

01/31/2024

I couldn't be prouder that Illinois' Current Water was named a National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Innovation Engine, one of ten nationwide.

will invent ways to recover and reuse water while addressing water quality, strengthening our supply chain, and boosting local economies.

Attention Grantseekers! DCEO’s Office of Accountability is hosting a virtual training session covering the first step in...
01/31/2024

Attention Grantseekers! DCEO’s Office of Accountability is hosting a virtual training session covering the first step in the grant process: Pre-Qualification. Learn the steps to become pre-qualified, a requirement of all grantees with the State of Illinois.

Wednesday, February 7
9-10 a.m.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Rajnrp

Illinois is catching the eye of Hollywood studios & producers thanks to the Illinois Film Office competitive   tax credi...
01/30/2024

Illinois is catching the eye of Hollywood studios & producers thanks to the Illinois Film Office competitive tax credit. 🎞️

A new study shows the tax credit has resulted in a $6.81 return on investment for every dollar spent on the incentive & billions in economic benefits.

The topline numbers are eye-popping.

01/30/2024

Join us virtually on Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m. for a timely on how companies can build their for long-term success. Our CEO, Dan Seals, will moderate panelists from ADM, University of Illinois System, Motorola Solutions and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. 👷👨‍🏭👩‍💼

Sign up for free here. ➡️ https://ow.ly/GgZW50QvutT

Help get the broadband map right! Complete 3 speed tests over 3 days 🔁 to help make sure internet dollars go where they'...
01/29/2024

Help get the broadband map right! Complete 3 speed tests over 3 days 🔁 to help make sure internet dollars go where they're needed most.

💻 Visit beadchallenge.org to get started.

💬 Download the Community Outreach Toolkit to spread the word: DCEO.illinois.gov/BEADchallenge

DCEO is hiring! We have a variety of openings across the state, including: ✔️ Grant Fiscal Monitor✔️ Classification Spec...
01/26/2024

DCEO is hiring! We have a variety of openings across the state, including:

✔️ Grant Fiscal Monitor
✔️ Classification Specialist
✔️ VCP Platform Coordinator
✔️ Grant Management Coordinator

Apply today! https://bit.ly/3MNt2zV

Address

607 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL
62701

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Telephone

+12177827500

Website

http://www.twitter.com/IllinoisDCEO, https://dceo.illinois.gov/

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