Decatur is proud to call America’s heartland home but our reach is undeniably global, a leader in American manufacturing and a trailblazer in the quest for new energy sources critical to America’s future. We are home to agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co., a leading producer of food ingredients that help feed the world and of the next wave of renewable fuels that power our daily lives. Branches of renewable food producer Tate & Lyle and mining manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. are also here in addition to award winning industry leaders in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, education and human services. Forbes Magazine ranked Decatur second in the country for having a thriving agriculture economy, where the average agribusiness worker earns three times the amount compared to the top ranked community. Business Facilities magazine ranked the Decatur area third for logistics hubs in the nation, a place where nearly $1 billion in capital investment is planned or underway in the region.
On the healthcare front, both St. Mary’s Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital continue to grow. Decatur Memorial remains in the midst of a $39 million three-part expansion while St. Mary’s recently completed the first phase of what is a $31 million construction and expansion project both of which continue to position Decatur as a regional and national healthcare leader. This year also saw the opening of the Midwest Inland Port, a real game changer for the region that positions the City of Decatur as a transportation hub the likes of which has never been seen in the area. The intermodal container shipping and receiving facility offers direct access to three Class I railroads, four interstate highways and a major U.S. highway providing importers and exporters flexible access to coastal and export markets. The location provides proximity to 95 million customers within a day’s drive. It represents the only inland port in the nation with access to 3 major rail providers on one privately owned ramp. All without the wait time of ports located in high traffic metros.
Whether you are a major corporation looking to expand into Central Illinois or a small startup, we’ve got you covered with the talent, resources incentives and infrastructure to make your business a success.