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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.

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum

Solutions for sustainability, diversification, and workforce

When: August 28, 2019  |  2PM
Where: The Gateway Building
200 NE Water St  |  Peoria, IL  | 61602

Doors open at 2, presentations begin at 2:30

Sponsored by:


  • Program Overview
    Vicky Miller, Regional Director
    Illinois Defense Industry Economic Diversification Program
    Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Program Focus in the Peoria Region
    Brandon Hostetter and Linda Krendick, Program Managers for the Defense Industry Network – Peoria Region
  • Future Skilled Manufacturing Workforce
    Brent Baker, GPEDC Director of Workforce Solutions
    Andrew Kerr, Illinois Central College, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development

Open Discussion

Achieving sustainability and diversification thru defense and other government work, featuring industry professionals:

  •  SMF
  • Premier Fabrication
  • Integris Engineering
  • Enercon
  • Cast Technologies
  • Farnsworth Group

Resource Fair and Networking

Connect with industry peers and regional resources, including representatives from IMEC and Illinois PTAC, before and after the speakers.

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