Grand Opening: The Tech Nest at AARP

Today we celebrated the Grand Opening of The Tech Nest at AARP at the University of Illinois Research Park, the latest addition to AARP’s Innovation portfolio!  The new technology lab, a 2,700 square-foot innovation-focused facility, enables AARP to collaborate with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and faculty on leading-edge, technology-based research and creative solutions Read more »

#MFGday16 – Manufacturing in Champaign County

In honor of National Manufacturing Day 2016 (#MFGday16), here’s a look at the Manufacturing Industry in Champaign County: 7,444 jobs (2016) $59,285 average earnings per job (2016) 154 establishments (2015) *A single physical location of some type of economic activity (a business), used for reporting purposes in government data sources. A single company may have Read more »

Manufacturing Roundtable: Early College and Career Academy (ECCA)


To celebrate National Manufacturing Day & Manufacturing Month (as determined by the Illinois Department of Commerce), we teamed up with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce to host a Manufacturing Roundtable on Tuesday, October 4th at Parkland College. The discussion focused on the Early College and Career Academy (ECCA), a joint effort of Education for Read more »

Illinois American Water to Host Ribbon Cutting for One Million Gallon Elevated Water Tank

From the Illinois American Water press release: Champaign, Ill. (Sept. 22, 2016) – Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District, the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation will celebrate the new one-million-gallon elevated water storage tank located at 2814 Hundman Drive in Champaign. A ribbon cutting will be held on Sept. Read more »

CME Group Opens Innovation Center at UI Research Park

We were thrilled to attend the grand opening celebration of CME Group‘s new Innovation Center at University of Illinois Research Park last week! CME Group is the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace – handling 3 billion contracts worth approximately $1 quadrillion annually, on average. The company is a marketplace for buyers and sellers Read more »