• Illinois Department of Commerce News

    Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced nearly $3 million in funding to support local tourism promotional efforts across the state through the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program.
    DCEO has prioritized local tourism recovery through multiple grant funding efforts and opportunities, including $25 million for two rounds of the Tourism Attraction and Festivals Grant Program, $4 million for Route 66 tourism funding, and more than $285 million for restaurants, hotels, and small businesses in the tourism/travel industry through the Back to Business (B2B), Business Interruption Grant (BIG) and Emergency Hospitality grant programs.  
    Through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) entities can apply for grants of up to $100,000 for promotional funds. Applications will be accepted until December 12, 2022. To view the NOFO and apply for the grant, please visit this page
    Read the full press release for additional information.
    Celebrating Manufacturing Month
    This week DCEO Director Sylvia Garcia joined manufacturing leaders, students, and educators at Richland Community College for Creators Wanted – a truly unique experience designed to inspire future generations during Manufacturing Month. The Creators Wanted event in Decatur was sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers in partnership with ADM and Caterpillar, FactoryFix.com and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.
    In addition to Manufacturing Month events, DCEO is spotlighting University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign:
    University of Illinois Research Park
    Help us develop the Clean Jobs Curriculum by joining upcoming listening sessions. Registration is required and details can be found below:
    Southern Illinois Online Listening Session
    November 3, ​3:00pm – 5:00pm Register here

    All Region Online Listening Session
    ​November 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm​ Register here 
    DCEO is hiring a variety of positions in the following areas:
    • CEJA Regional Administrators/Program Manager
    • PR/Comms (formal title: Public Service Administrator)
    • Economic Development
    • Grants Management (formal title: Industrial & Community Development Representative)
    • Trade & Investment 
    Learn more about current job openings at DCEO and apply here.
    Near, Far, or Wherever You Are: Find the Best Fall Festivals in Illinois
    Whether you’re in northern, central, or southern Illinois, you can find fall festivals, festivities, and fun regardless of geography. To help you coordinate your autumn social calendar, here’s a roundup of our favorite seasonal hotspots for maximum fall fun. Get your hoodies! 

    Job Seeker Resources
    Virtual Job Fairs (VJF) and in-person events are part of the GET HIRED initiative for locating hiring events and employment preparation.