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SI Now serves as a regional economic development hub and unified voice for the 17 southern counties of Illinois to advance our region as a great place to live, work, and do business.
Do Business Here
Southern Illinois is a fantastic place to relocate or grow a business. The region boasts low costs for employers and a high quality of life for employees. Whether a Fortune 500 company or a start-up, our region will provide the opportunities and support you need to thrive.
Work Here
Southern Illinois has many available jobs in a wide variety of industries. Whether looking to relocate to the region or to expand your skills, Southern Illinois has plenty of resources to help you achieve your goals.
Live Here
An abundance of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, outstanding healthcare, and neighborly small towns are some of the many reasons people call Southern Illinois home. The combination of low cost of living and high quality of life are why people choose to relocate here.
“Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an economic engine and valuable partner in the region. The area is home to nearly 40,000 proud alumni, enthusiastic to apply what they learned on campus to help advance the region. As a major source of innovative solutions, research, and creative thinking, SIUC is proud to serve Southern Illinois.”
Jeff Gleim
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, SIU Alumni Association
Southern Illinois University is a public research university in Carbondale, Illinois. Founded in 1869, SIU is the oldest campus of the Southern Illinois University system.
“Southern Illinois is a “hidden gem” as a place to locate your business or home! Located within the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Southern Illinois has been compared to the Fertile Crescent of Egypt. The Shawnee National Forest and its many incredible rock formations and vistas place outdoor adventures right in your backyard. The quality of life and cost of living are as good as it gets and with the intersection of major transportation corridors, Southern Illinois is efficiently linked to St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis and Nashville.”
Greg Cook
President, Cook Portable Warehouses
Cook Portable Warehouses is a Southern Illinois based manufacturer and distributor of portable buildings, with over 300 dealers in 16 states.
“Access to Southern Illinois’ many resources, including top notch business training and support organizations like Man-Tra-Con and the Delta Regional Authority, have furthered Pepsi MidAmerica’s success. Additionally, Southern Illinois University and our local community colleges provide outstanding technology training, CDL training, and other career development courses that have equipped our employees with the skills they need to be successful. We also maintain a strong relationship with the City of Marion which has supported our business growth.

Southern Illinois is centrally located near several major Midwestern cities and has excellent roads for transportation which makes it an ideal location for our business.”
Keith Dickens
President, Pepsi MidAmerica
Pepsi MidAmerica is a large family owned Pepsi bottler and distributes food and beverages across its 5 state region.
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