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The Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program cordially invites you to the launch of the Illinois Defense Network (IDN), an initiative to strengthen our state’s defense industry.

Led by the University of Illinois System with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, the Illinois DIA Program provides new insights and resources that help Illinois’ defense companies and communities grow, diversify, and become more resilient. With its active military installations and diverse industrial base, Illinois has strong links to the defense industry and the businesses that support it.

Launch of the Illinois Defense Network
An initiative to strengthen our state’s defense industry
Tuesday, February 27th, 10:00 – 11:30am
Governor's Ballroom B
The State House Inn, 101 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701

Welcome remarks to be provided by Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.
This event will preview upcoming initiatives and announce our expanded partnerships across the state. We will also release the findings from our recent Report on the Economic Impact of Defense-Related Spending in Illinois.

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10:00 – 10:20 am: Welcome Remarks

  • Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, State of Illinois
  • Anthony Augustine, Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation , University of Illinois System
  • Anita Bullock, Project Manager, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment

10:20 – 10:45 am: Understanding Illinois’ Defense Industry

  • Janet Smith, Co-director, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement
    University of Illinois at Chicago

10:45 – 11:30 am: Panel: Diversification in the Quad Cities Region

  • Vicky Miller, Director, Defense Industry Economic Diversification Program, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Bill Ratzburg, Director, Economic & Community Development Deere & Company
  • Glen Schwab, Executive Director, Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub

Light refreshments will be served. There is complimentary parking available at the State House Inn. They have two lots: one on the SE side of the building, and one across the street of the west side of the building. Both are convenient to the Governor’s Ballroom.

Questions? Please contact Amelia Salter at asalter2@uillinois.edu.

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