I-80 Industrial Highlights




Quick Overview

  • Easy access to national interstate corridors of I-80 (East-West) and I-39 (North-South)
  • More than 3,000 employees work in corridor businesses
  • Overall planned industrial area is less than half built out
  • All infrastructure in place - sites are “shovel ready”
  • Excellent car and truck access
  • Many sites from one-half acre to 100 acres
  • Price varies by parcel and owner
  • Sale, build-to-suit or lease


  • Located at Interstate 80 interchange (Exit 90)
  • Ten miles from Interstate 39
  • 45 miles from intermodal facilities at Rochelle, IL and Elwood, IL
  • International flights available at O’Hare and Midway in Chicago area, Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington and Quad Cities -- travel times between one and two hours
  • Local corporate flights at Skydive Chicago (Ottawa) and Illinois Valley Regional Airport (Peru)
  • Less than one hour from three of five largest Illinois cities -- Aurora, Joliet, Naperville
  • Ninety minutes from downtown Chicago
  • Logistics center of United States
  • Ship to two-thirds of U.S. in two days


  • Available labor pool of both skilled and unskilled
  • Major training opportunities available at IL Valley Community College (IVCC) located twenty minutes from Ottawa -- some training can be done at IVCC satellite campus in downtown Ottawa
  • IVCC has new 85,000 square foot technology center -- CNC and welding are srengths


  • Ameren -- electricity
  • Nicor -- natural gas
  • AT&T -- telephone, internet, fiber
  • Mediacom -- cable television, internet
  • MTCO -- internet fiber


  • Enterprise Zone
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Foreign Trade Zone
  • State incentives and grants
  • Low cost financing
  • Business friendly -- quick local review and permitting

Quality of Life

  • Dynamic downtown with many unique shops and restaurants
  • Good public and private schools with strong extracurricular programs and college credit opportunities through local community college
  • Access to cutting edge health care via OSF hospital system plus cancer, mental health care and prompt care facilities
  • Located at confluence of Illinois and Fox Rivers plus four State parks in immediate vicinity -- many outdoor recreation opportunities -- fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, zip-lining, sky diving and more
  • Ten annual festivals plus summer concert series
  • Regional community theater
  • No traffic congestion
  • Low crime rates
  • County seat of LaSalle County


  • Ottawa -- 18, 656
  • 20 mile radius -- 125,744
  • 40 mile radius --  925,460
  • 60 mile radius -- 3,901,633


  • Average household -- $64,297