A large pool of valuable workers are all ready to work, with diverse, quality skill sets that give area businesses leadership positions in various industries.


All around Macon County you’ll find a deep pool of valuable experienced workers with diverse, quality skill sets, from engineers and technicians to scientists and managers. Because of them, area businesses take the lead in industries like manufacturing, biotechnology, agribusiness, cryogenics, healthcare and more – and with access to them, there’s no limit to what your business can do.

Learn how local businesses can connect with their future workforce through Career Cruising Inspired Futures.


TIF Districts, Enterprise Zones, and more make it easy to do business here.


Beyond basic demographics, commercial services and resource pools, Decatur and Macon County deliver real business incentives that go right to your bottom line.

Enterprise Zone

The Decatur Macon County Enterprise Zone offers a variety of state and local incentives including local property tax abatement for eligible projects.

Foreign Trade Zone

Comparable to free trade zones in many countries, Foreign Trade Zones provide benefits such as deferred payment of duties and freedom from certain excise taxes.

TIF Districts

Decatur and Macon County are home to multiple Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFs), providing a way for communities to assist in the development or redevelopment of qualifying areas.

Business Services

The Illinois Small Business Development Center & International Trade Center are here to promote and retain those wishing to do business here.

Business Services

Beyond building business, you’ll find vast resources to grow, promote and retain in Decatur and Macon County. Understanding the challenges of today’s economy, we’re here with the training and tools our businesses need to not just survive but thrive.

You’ll find easy access to employee education, GIS data mapping, demographic research, workforce studies and more. And when it’s time to expand, you’ll have the resources you need close at hand, plus added benefits like potential tax exemptions on materials and incentives like enterprise zones and TIF districts.

We may not be able to do the work for you, but we sure can make it easier to do business here.

Who Is Here

Decatur & Macon County is presently home to numerous and diverse companies.

Who Is Here

Numerous and diverse industries call the region home. 95 million customers are within a 500-mile radius. Look around Decatur and Macon County, and you’ll find a deep reservoir of businesses to join or pull from:

  • Agriculture
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Software development
  • Biotech
  • Cryogenics
  • Distribution
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Health services
  • And more

With nearly 6,000 businesses and almost 50,000 employees, we’re just getting started. There’s a reason Business Facilities magazine ranked the Decatur area third for logistics hubs in the nation. We’ve got something for everyone, whether your business reaches across the county, the region or the world:

  • Midwest Inland Port multi-modal hub
  • Three class I railroads
  • Five major roadways
  • Passenger and cargo air service
  • Customs clearing
  • Port of Entry
  • Foreign Trade Zone
  • Enterprise Zone
  • TIF districts
  • And more

We’re here for you – and you’ll want to be too!