Invest Aurora - Economic Development Partnership
Invest Aurora is a progressive, dynamic economic development partnership dedicated to expanding economic opportunities in Aurora and developing a sustainable community for its residents. Embracing Aurora’s rich history and cultural boom, Invest Aurora leverages partnerships between public and private sectors to attract and expand commercial, industrial, retail and mixed-use ventures that stimulate the economy, create job opportunities and strengthen the community.
A river community located 40 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of over 200,000. Aurora has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88, two Metra stations, and a regional airport. In addition to a rich manufacturing history and strong industrial roots, Aurora has become a commercial and entertainment destination. Emerging from the industrial recession of the 1980’s, Aurora is experiencing an amazing revitalization with expanding commercial and industrial development, riverfront and downtown redevelopment and an eclectic cultural scene.
Quick Facts About Aurora
2014 Estimates per 2010 US Census
- Population: 203,008
- Median Age: 32
- Average Annual Household Income: $78,879
- Median Housing Value: $180,186
- Total Housing Units: 68,875
- Size in Square Miles: 45.80
Aurora Has 17 First-Class Business Parks
- 60+ miles of fiber
- Easily accessible via road, rail and air
Aurora is One of the Largest Suburban Retail Markets in the State of Illinois
Aurora is Ideally Located for Business
- 5 exits on I-88
- Municipal airport 8 miles from downtown Aurora
- Easy access to 55, 355 and 295
- 2 Metra commuter rail stations
- 40 minutes from O’Hare International Airport
- 50 minutes from Midway Airport
Aurora Cultivates Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are a key component to the success of economic and community development. Aurora embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and offers assistance for those with great business ideas that bring jobs, innovation and character to our vibrant community. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College and network of experts at SCORE are great resources for anyone looking to start a business in Aurora.