Since the first fur traders set foot on the banks of the DuPage River, commerce has been at the helm of Plainfield’s progress. From the early days of timber to the soy fields and roadside farms of today, the land has always played an important role in Plainfield’s economy. In addition to agriculture, the introduction of industry has helped Plainfield grow. Mills, factories and foundries sprang up as the population ballooned.
Plainfield’s downtown developed in response to the needs of the growing community. Banks, inns, restaurants and retail shops filled in the storefronts of Lincoln Highway beginning back in the mid-1800s. Today, a similar mixture of businesses still exists, supporting the needs of residents, visitors and fellow businesses. Through the concerted effort of organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet Plainfield, the revitalized Downtown Plainfield continues to strengthen its position as an exciting, historic tourist destination, as well as a vital, thriving business center.
The explosive growth of the Internet has helped move Plainfield into the global economy. People are meeting and conducting business through the Web without ever meeting face to face. As with so many area communities, Plainfield welcomes more home-based businesses every year. Location, infrastructure, development and community support make it an attractive setting for virtual business.
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