Knox County: Your Ideal Business Location for So Many Reasons

We’re Well-Connected & Welcoming

What makes Knox County, Illinois such a great place to do business? There’s a long list of reasons that are bound to appeal to your company and address its needs.

104+ million consumers within 600 miles

2,000 rail cars classified daily in Galesburg

21 MGD average excess sewer capacity at sewer treatment plant

8 Amtrak trains daily

Well-Connected to the World

Our road, rail, air, and river connectivity and zero congestion keeps your business connected and moving. Fast access to three interstates and several U.S. and state highways put Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Des Moines less than half a day away, and reach 104+ million consumers in one day’s drive. Air, rail, and river port connections are also extraordinary.

329-Acre Municipally Owned Park

The Galesburg Business Park, Knox County’s prime site for new facilities, is both a Foreign Trade Zone and an Enterprise Zone. It's zoned for heavy industry and has earned BNSF’s certification which confirms that rail-served sites are ready for rapid acquisition and accelerated development.

Industry-Led Communities

Local employers play key roles in economic development and government operations, connecting with local and state government, education providers, and funding sources to address community needs. Generous state and local incentives add impact to business investments, enhancing ROI.

The KCAP team invites you to take a deeper look. We’ll be happy to discuss your needs and help you identify what’s available to you.

Skilled and Motivated Workforce

Our labor shed of 410,000 people (within an hour’s drive) are well-prepared for the needs of companies like yours thanks to a rich educational infrastructure focused on employer expectations. More than half of local workers have earned some college credit and 31.6 percent hold an associate’s or higher degree.  Each year, our 50-mile labor shed graduates almost 6000 students with 2-year degrees and another 6000 students with 4-year degrees (Source: JobsEQ).

Affordable, Helpful Utilities

You’ll find Knox County offers a collaborative approach to powering your business growth, along with enough fresh water and wastewater treatment to accommodate  most businesses. Gas and electric power provider Ameren Illinois works closely with new customers on energy efficiency programs and planning for future needs. Seven companies provide telecom services in the county.