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The Rockford, IL Region is Your Opportunity Region! The Rockford Region is a great place in which to locate or expand your business. 

Doing Business Here

Doing business here provides opportunities and advantages including; a skilled workforce, great logistics and a low cost of living. These make the area ideal for employers as well as employees.

Located near 4 interstates, 4 class-one railroads, 1 intermodal facility, the Chicago Rockford International Airport and 3 other international airports within 60-90 minutes. The Rockford Region has the logistics and distribution capabilities to get your products to market quickly and efficiently.

Industry Clusters

The region’s wide range of industry clusters such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, and healthcare provides plenty of opportunities to strengthen pre-existing supply chains, develop new supply chains, or establish a new industry.


The area has the workforce you’re looking for. The two-county Rockford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which include Boone and Winnebago counties, has a primary labor force of 176,700. Rockford’s secondary labor shed extends even farther, with 515,000 workers within a 45-minute commute. This means individuals who live in Elgin, IL can commute to Rockford in the same or less time it takes to commute to Chicago.

Quick Reference Guide

Rockford Quick Reference Guide 2021
RAEDC’s Quick Reference Guide for the Rockford Region – 2021 edition

The Quick Reference Guide is an annual publication featured information about Winnebago County and the Rockford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Winnebago and Boone Counties.

The RAEDC supplies the community data each year as a regional snapshot utilizing nationally recognized data sources. This publication includes information on population, largest employers, and industries that are key to our region such as advanced manufacturing and logistics/distribution. Other important data includes quality of place and statistical information about the people that call our region home to provide a well-rounded representation about the region.

The 2021 version includes additional data points including select occupational salaries and data about the ethnic and racial make-up of the region. This is in addition to the information traditionally found in the Quick Reference Guide.