Location & Infrastructure

Greater Peoria Overview

Learn more about the region’s infrastructure.

Fast Facts


Interstate highways with linkages to 4


“Class 1” Railroads


Shortline Railroads


International Airport with Direct Flights to 13 Cities


Interstate and local trucking firms


Largest Inland Port in the Nation


Largest Port in the Nation

Greater Peoria region map.

Reach half the U.S. population in a day's drive

Business by Land

The Greater Peoria region has access to fast and efficient railroad service. The region has its own terminal and switching railroad, as well as five “Class 1” and six shortline railroads. Rail service providers include BNSF, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, Rail America, Genesee and Wyoming, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Pioneer Railroad, and T&P.
Our road transportation includes Interstates 74, 55, 474 and linkages to Interstates 39, 55, 57, 80, and 88 supported by Interstate 65 and local trucking firms. From Greater Peoria, your business can go practically anywhere in a day or less.

Map of air travel in the U.S.

Access to international and regional airports

Business by Air

Connect to the global market via our international airport with direct domestic flights and several connecting routes. Greater Peoria is served by General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, with 13 non-stop flight destinations including Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Charlotte, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Tampa. Businesses can also take advantage of the Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington- Normal, 44.5 miles from Peoria, Illinois.

A bridge over a river in Peoria.

From our rivers to the seas and beyond

Business by Water

Move your freight cargo on our impressive waterways. Home to the largest city on the Illinois River – Peoria, Greater Peoria is at the heart of the nation. The Illinois River is the principal tributary of the Mississippi River and serves as a link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. It is the main route for transporting commodities and products from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Your business will benefit from the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District, a part of the Corn Belt Ports, which is collectively the largest inland port system in the nation. The value of waterborne commerce in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri is immense. The Heart of the Corn Belt handles enough freight tonnage to be ranked as the equivalent of the largest inland port in the nation. The Illinois Waterway, which handles more than 34 million tons of freighter each year, has recently been designated as an integrated U.S. Port Statistical Area by the U.S. Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.

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Power your business


Greater Peoria has the utility capacity to ensure smooth business operations in any industry. Greater Peoria is powered by Ameren Illinois and provides competitive electrical power and natural gas at almost 3cents/kwh lower than the national average.

Water service is provided by Illinois American Water and various municipal systems.

Excellent telecommunications services are provided by SBC Communications Inc., AT&T, Verizon, Gallatin River Communications, MTCO, McLeod, USA MCI, T-Mobile, and i3Broadband. In addition, high capacity broadband access is provided by Heartland Cable Television, i3 Broadband, Comcast, Mediacom and Telestar.


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Want to learn more about our local infrastructure and how we can help facilitate your move? Contact us today.