Serving key defense communities across Illinois, IDN's program partners play a significant role in the development and implementation of comprehensive programs that bolster the state's defense manufacturing industry. IDN partners include the UIC Voorhees Center, IMEC, and four economic development organizations representing the Rockford, Chicago, Quad Cities, and Greater Peoria Regions.
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Nathalie P. Voorhees Center
The UIC Voorhees Center is a community and economic development research unit at the University of Illinois Chicago; it coordinates the Illinois Defense Network and provides research, data analysis and technical assistance.
Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC)
CMMC is a unit of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development that is a platform and resource for the metal manufacturing industry in the Chicago Region.
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
IMEC is the Illinois representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and is dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with tools and techniques to create sustainable competitive futures.
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (QCC)
QCC is an economic and community development organization serving Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
GPEDC is a public-private partnership that works to improve economic outcomes in the North Central Region of Illinois.
Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC)
RAEDC is an economic development organization working with a wide range of industry clusters, which include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, and healthcare in the Rockford Region.