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EDC Hosts DCEO for Manufacturing Tours in Celebration of Illinois Manufacturing Month

In celebration of Illinois Manufacturing Month, we were honored to host the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity on Monday, October 26 to showcase products & innovation Made in Champaign County. Our visits included the Early College & Career Academy (ECCA) at Parkland College, Flex-N-Gate, Clarkson Specialty Lecithins, University of Illinois Research Park, EarthSense, Read more »

Governor Pritzker Announces $15 Million Investment to Build New Manufacturing Training Academies in Downstate Communities

Funding Will Increase Access to Manufacturing Training and Create Pipeline for 21st Century Talent CHAMPAIGN, IL– Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and industry leaders in announcing a first-of-its-kind program to expand manufacturing training opportunities for Illinois residents. Through a $15 million Read more »

International Trade Center Honored as Presidential “E” Award Recipient for Export Achievements

International Trade Center Honored as Presidential “E” Award Recipient for Export Achievements 39 American Companies and Organizations Receive Highest U.S. Honor for Export Success CHAMPAIGN, IL, October 26, 2020 – The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that its International Trade Center of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Read more »

Pritzker Administration Awards 50 BIG Grants for Businesses in CU Area

First Wave of Business Interruption Grants Released to 2,655 Small Businesses, Including More Than 50 Percent Minority-Owned and Businesses Hit Hardest by COVID-19  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday August 13, 2020 CHAMPAIGN-URBANA – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today visited the Champaign-Urbana area to announce $46 million in Read more »

Champaign County Safety Pledge Launched to Keep Health and Safety of Workers, Residents, Students, and Future Visitors at the Forefront

Today, a coalition of local organizations and municipalities have launched a new online resource to help Champaign County businesses as they progress through the next stages of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The new website – champaigncountysafe.org – was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources Read more »