Economic Development

The City of Centralia is located in south central Illinois, and is home to more than 13,000 people.  The community was built on agriculture, railroad, coal and oil and is uniquely located within four counties – Clinton, Marion, Jefferson and Washington.  With easy access to St. Louis, Missouri, Interstates 57 and 64, three major rail lines and a municipal Airport with two runways, one of which is 5001 feet long and accommodates corporate aircraft, the city offers many advantages to business owners. 

You will find a business-friendly environment in the City of Centralia along with access to a range of economic development tools to aid in your business’ growth and development.  Centralia has four TIF Districts, an Enterprise Zone, an Opportunity Zone, and Downtown Façade improvement programs; these incentive tools are used to encourage new and existing business growth. 

The Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program grant application document and more information about  COVID business resources can be found on the Coronavirus Resource Page

Our team aids in workforce needs by coordinating with business/industry and local educational institutions along with hosting job options including the Centralia.Works Job Board.

We invite you and your business to partner with us and enjoy the benefits of a friendly community with ample opportunities for retail/commercial, office, and industrial development.  To learn more about Centralia’s incentives, please contact:


Derek Sherman, Economic Development Director

City Hall
PO Box 569
101 S. Locust Street
Centralia, IL 62801

Phone:  618.533.7623
Fax:  618.532.4534

E-mail:  dsherman@cityofcentralia.org

The Director of Economic Development oversees business attraction and retention, tourism, and all aspects of economic development.  They oversees various boards and commissions including:  Greater Centralia Area Enterprise Zone, Industrial Commission, Tourism Commission, Fishing Quality Committee, and Our Veteran Affairs Committee.