The Research Park is proud to be the home of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center and Dow AgroSciences, both mentioned in this article.
“Champaign sits within what has been dubbed Illinois’ “Silicon Prairie,” an area that harbors many high technology companies. On top of the prestigious University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, several Fortune 500 firms are based in Champaign, with the likes of IBM, Dow AgroSciences and Deere & Company all having offices in the city. The myriad of employment opportunities for the smart and accomplished perhaps goes some way to explaining why 6.9 percent of the city’s estimated 82,619 inhabitants in 2012 were in possession of a doctoral degree. Of course, though, life can’t be all work and no play, so it’s good to know that in 2013 NerdWallet.com labeled the combined Champaign-Urbana area as the fifth best locality in the country for “work-life balance” – something that even Ph.D. grads need from time to time.”
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