About Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council

Key stakeholders across Southwest Illinois, in alliance with the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), united to form the Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council as a strategic initiative to equip companies in our region with the resources they need to make exporting their products a reality.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness of global exporting and foreign direct investment as an opportunity for economic stability and growth in Southwestern Illinois. Our opportunity as a region is also your opportunity to gain economic stability through exporting your product.


“Finding the right market, the ideal distributor and obtaining the data necessary to navigate the complex waters of international trade requires expertise and the appropriate connections. SWITIC is an essential resource for any business in our region that is looking to successfully export its product.”

Mark Kern
St. Clair County



“Nearly 98 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. Small and mid-sized businesses in Southwest Illinois that are considering expanding their operations globally should avail themselves of the array of resources and expertise offered by SWITIC to enhance their chances for success on an international scale.”

Terry Beach
Director of Economic Development
St. Clair County




“America’s Central Port has served in its regional economic development role since 1959. International trade is extremely important to the Port. Our operators handle more than $1.1 billion in goods annually. The Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council provides an opportunity for companies to become involved in the export/import arena, grow their business and subsequently contribute to the economic vitality of our region. The Council provides an important resource for companies interested in expanding their sales into markets throughout the world.”

Mark Spizzo
Regional Economic Developer
America’s Central Port