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Illinois Defense Industry Resilience Program

Strengthening Illinois’ Defense economy.

Our goal is to develop a comprehensive strategy to assist defense manufacturing regions, like Greater Peoria, in planning for adjustments and resiliency associated with defense industry changes.

Supported by supply chain data and procurement expertise, Greater Peoria EDC aims to help defense-related subcontractors explore additional defense and other large OEM contract opportunities and learn the processes involved. We are here to help local companies diversify and strengthen.

The Peoria Region is a Heavy Metal Manufacturing Cluster

Why is that Important to Your Business?

Join us for an informational by session hosted the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, a DoD sub-grantee of the Illinois Defense Industry Resilience Program. This program was established by the US Department of Defense to promote sustainability for US advanced manufacturing and supply chain networks by providing opportunities nationwide:

When: TBD*
Where: TBD
Time: TBD

*This event will be rescheduled soon. We apologize for any inconvenience!


  • What is the Illinois Defense Industry Resilience Program?
    Presenter: Vicky Miller, Regional Director
    Illinois Defense Industry Economic Diversification Program
    Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Updates on the Peoria Region Industry Resilience and how to be connected with the program.
    Presenter: Brandon Hostetter and Linda Krendick, Program Managers for the Defense Industry Network – Peoria Region
  • Build manufacturing skilled workforce to meet new business opportunities.
    Presenters: Brent Baker, GPEDC Director of Workforce Solutions
    Andrew Kerr, Illinois Central College, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development
  • Updates from the Greater Peoria EDC and the GP Manufacturing Network?
    Presenters: Chris Setti, GPEDC, CEO
    Sally Hanley, Director of Business Assistance / Foreign-Trade Zone #114
  • Open Discussion

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