Sharon L. Stead, Managing Director:
"Illinois has a strong track record of winning international investments from both within the US and from around the world. It is the most successful state in the Midwest in attracting Foreign Direct Investment and the 4th most successful in the nation. We have already attracted over 2000 foreign firms employing more than 300,000 Ilinois residents directly.
Illinois has the fifth largest state economy in the US, with a Real GDP of $780.340 billion (2021) It is also a very diverse economy with billion-dollar industries including information technology and communications, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, plastics, chemicals, renewable energy, aerospace, agriculture and food production, warehouse and distribution, automotive, and financial services. More recently the state has an aggressive growing EV industry as a result of a new clean energy bill and the REV act that have been passed into law offering favorable incentives. (Reimagining Electric Vehicle Act)
Chicago, Illinois's largest city, is an economic powerhouse with a with a Real GDP $618.616 billion (2019) and a population of 9.3 million in the metropolitan area. Centrally located, Chicago provides nonstop flights to more than 200 cities worldwide and serves as a hub for all seven major North American railroads and all major U.S. Interstates.
Encouraging and supporting European businesses to locate within our State is a key priority for us. My office, based in Brussels, with its dedicated staff, has over 40 years’ experience in assisting European companies interested in the US market. You will find our services, explained below in greater detail, which are tailor-made to address your company’s needs.
We look forward to hearing from you."
The Future of Business is in Illinois - and we're ready for you.
Illinois is aware of the contribution foreign owned firms make to its economy, and it greatly welcomes foreign companies into the state. Here are the top 10 reasons why Illinois offers your business a premier location within the United States and why so many companies have chosen Illinois for their U.S. operation.
Strategically positioned for Access to Markets and Customers
Unparalleled Infrastructure and Global Connectivity
Highly Educated and Productive Workforce
World Renowned Universities and Third Level Colleges
An Economic Powerhouse
International Center for American and European Global Companies
Warehousing and Distribution Center of the U.S.
Large Resources of Industrial Land, Buildings and R & D Parks
Competitive Financial Incentives for Foreign Investors
A Great Place to Live and Work
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