The City of Peoria is looking for a few good developers to redevelop our historic core.

Jul 26, 2011

Heartland Partnership - Save the Date

Save the Date
for the
Heartland Partnership family of companies

2011 Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teaching Businesses to Fish 

Bass Pro Shops is a nationally recognized powerhouse in the outdoor sporting industry. It is a destination that millions of people visit every year. Learn how to turn your business and our region into a destination and how to tap into the resources you need to succeed from a key member of the Bass Pro Shops team.
Rob Keck 
Join The Heartland Partnership family of companies for lunch on September 15 at 11:30 at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria and meet Rob Keck, a member of Bass Pro Shops RedHead Pro Team, Chairman of the Board of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and former CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, as our guest speaker.   

Rob brings a stimulating message about how to make our region and your business a destination just as Bass Pro Shops has done. Before joining Bass Pro Shops, Rob grew the National Wild Turkey Federation from 12,000 members to over half a million in a few years, so he truly knows how and why it's important to focus on the "people" aspect of any business. Rob is also an experienced outdoors/sportsman TV host who can teach us how to properly market and promote our assets. His inspirational message will create a "want" in people to do more for this region. After all, this region is a "business" and together we are the ones who can grow this business.

We will also announce community and business award winners from The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Council for Central Illinois and The Heartland Partnership.

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Tickets are available now!
Chamber Members, EDC Investors, and / or Excelerate Contributors tickets are $40 each or a table of eight for $320.
Non-Member / Investor tickets are $50 each or a table of eight for $400.
Log onto to reserve your seat or call Sarah Stabler at 309-495-5914 for more information.

Jul 23, 2011

iBi - July 2011

iBi - July 2011

Words of Wisdom
by Jonathan Wright

As the rate of change accelerates, the future is becoming impossible to predict. In a rapidly changing world, success—in business or otherwise—requires the firm ground of adaptation and a foundation of lifelong learning. And it never stops. But don’t take my word for it.
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  • Serenity in the Storm
    At the personal level, how we handle change is perhaps the key challenge of our time. The ability to maintain tranquility and balance amidst the storms of change is essential to our well-being.

by Dr. John F. Gilligan

Have we, too, arrived at a time when we can neither endure our excesses nor their cures? So wrote Titus Livy on the eve of the implosion of the Roman republic. Livy’s statement cleverly embraces two inextricable concepts: culture and change.

Jul 20, 2011

Central Illinois Perspective

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Peoria Progress


Peoria ranks No. 71 among the top 200 “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2011, according to, up from No. 86 last year. Peoria tops the list of Illinois cities, with Chicago at 80, Lake County at 134 and Rockford at 191. The list focuses on three main components: cost of business, job growth and education. Visit for the complete list.
Ten Bradley University students have secured highly sought-after internships with NBC at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The network conducted a series of on-campus interviews in April before selecting the students, who were in competition with students from a select few of the top universities across the country. Interns will fulfill a variety of duties, ranging from front-line tasks in London to behind-the-scenes production jobs in New York City. The internships will last from three to five weeks next summer.
The Tazewell Count House of Hope and The Center for Prevention of Abuse announced the consolidation of services for victims of violence and abuse. The House of Hope has operated in Pekin as an emergency shelter for battered women and children since 1998. Services for House of Hope residents will be integrated with the broad range of programming offered by the Center.
Illinois Central College will offer a four-session course on the early history of Peoria during the fall semester as one of its non-credit Adult Community Education Programs. The course, titled "Four Flags over Lake Pimiteoui," will be taught by Mark Johnson, a trustee of the Peoria Historical Society, and will cover 213 years of the early history of Peoria, from 1622 through 1835. It will take place in Hickory Hall on the ICC North Campus at 5407 N. University. Registration or further information available at or by calling (309) 690-6900 after August 1st.
The American Heart Association is seeking nominations of forward-thinking companies leading the way to provide their employees with a culture of physical activity and health for the Fit-Friendly Companies Award. Companies will be judged on three criteria: physical activities that are encouraged on-site; nutritional education and healthy food options that are available; and the general culture of health promoted at the workplace. Applications are due by July 31 and can be found at
Subway is sponsoring a free community outreach program as part of a national goodwill publicity campaign. Register at, and you will be contacted by an event coordinator.A volunteer doctor who specializes in nutrition and stress management will come on-site to your company and give a 30-minute presentation during a complimentary catered Subway breakfast or lunch.
Peoria County announced the winners of the 2011 County Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards last week. The program honors commercial businesses, schools and organizations for their recycling and waste reduction efforts. 2011 award winners are: Caterpillar, Inc. - Mossville; The Center for Prevention of Abuse; Coca-Cola; Farmington Central School District 265; Forest Park Apartments; Muir Omni Graphics, Oak Grove East School; and O'Brien Steel Services. The County's Recycling Department has been honoring award winners since 1997.

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Thursday, July 21st @ Childers Banquet & Events Center
A wine tasting to benefit the Children’s Home Association of Illinois will take place from 5 to 7:30pm. Cost is $15/person or $25/couples. Call (309) 687-7205 or for more info.
Thursday, July 21st @ Mt. Hawley Country Club
Kramer Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center will host its sixth annual “Girls Night In” event, with registration at 5pm and activities taking place through 9pm. There will be lectures and breakout sessions focused on women’s health and well-being, aromatherapy massages, food and drinks. Call (309) 693-9600 or email
Sunday, July 24th @ Kickapoo Creek Winery
Summer Concert at the Winery will be held from noon to 5pm. Admission includes wine tasting and entertainment, with proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter. Call (309) 681-1100 for more information.
Monday, July 25th @ WeaverRidge Golf Club
The OSF Healthcare/Peoria Area Chamber Golf Outing will take place, with morning shotgun at 7:30am, afternoon shotgun at 1pm, and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6pm. for more info.

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Jul 11, 2011

City Economic Development Staff

Rachael Parker
Economic Development City of Peoria

Rachael Parker greets all visitors with a warm smile and a friendly attitude. She makes sure that the visitor finds the information they requested, and helps them to make investments in our city.  She ensures that everyone is fairly treated with respect, and she follows up on requests. She resolves problems, and works to help all potential business owners and investors. She is an asset to the City of Peoria.

Bobby Gray  
Economic Development City of Peoria

Bobby Gray ensures that everyone who comes into the city economic development department is met with a friendly greeting. He makes sure that the individual is treated with respect, and he tries to find a way to help the person locate or expand his business in the city.  He has a confident, quiet, and encouraging manner that helps people feel confident about the treatment they receive. He is a major plus for the City.

Susan Schlupp  
Economic Development City of Peoria

Susan Schlupp greats all visitors to the department with proper respect.  She is outgoing and friendly and  works energetically to resolve any issues that the individual may have with the city. She makes a substantial effort to resolve red tape, and finds a way to assist the person to locate or expand his business in the city.  She maintains ongoing relationships with a wide variety of people, and works to resolve any outstanding issues.

Stephanie Grayson Doss  
Economic Development City of Peoria
(Has left City Employment for a great opprtunity)

Stephanie Grayson Doss is a great asset to the City of Peoria. She is the first person people meet when entering the department or calling for assistance.  She has a substantial knowledge of the City, and can help resolve inssues quieckly and efficiently.  She is very friendly and helpful.  Her knowledge of the City  helps resolve many concerns before they become a problem.  She is a definite asset to the City.

Jul 7, 2011

Peoria Magazines

Central Illinois Perspective
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Peoria Progress


Last night, the Peoria County Board named Lori Curtis Luther as the county’s next administrator after conducting a national search for candidates to replace Patrick Urich. Luther is currently city administrator for the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin, with more than 14 years of experience in local government management. She will start in August. Interim Administrator Greg Chance will remain in his current capacity until September.
Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will offer “The Power of Work,” a free, comprehensive approach to job placement. Participants will receive extensive training in the skills most sought after by local employers. The program begins on August 1, 2011, and classes take place at the Goodwill Peoria Learning Center, as well as local businesses. Participants will be trained in customer service, soft skills, organizational skills, career development, job transitioning and many other areas. Registration is limited. Anyone interested in this free training should call (309) 682-1113, x2124.
The Peoria Civic Center is offering a “PICK 3” option for its 2011-2012 Broadway Theater Series. These packages allow patrons to choose at least three of the Broadway shows to create their own mini-season. Patrons can also purchase tickets to Wicked before individual shows sell out. The upcoming Broadway series also includes Young Frankenstein, Rock of Ages, South Pacific, Shrek The Musical and The Rat Pack is Back as an extra. Packages are available at 10am today at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling (309) 673-3200 or at

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IBI: July 2011: Focus on Change

IBI: July 2011: Focus on Change
The July 2011 issue of iBi is out now and focuses on the topic of change.
Businesses come, businesses go. Buildings rise and fall. Individuals grow up and are transformed. New generations replace those that came before. Demographics shift. Technological change begets social change.
As the rate of change accelerates, the future is becoming impossible to predict. In a rapidly changing world, success—in business or otherwise—requires the firm ground of adaptation and a foundation of lifelong learning. And it never stops.
In this issue...
Serenity in the Storm
by Jan Wright, Publisher
The ability to maintain tranquility and balance amidst the storms of change is essential to our well-being.
Nothing Changes Unless the Culture Changes
by Dr. John F. Gilligan
Have we, too, arrived at a time when we can neither endure our excesses nor their cures? So wrote Titus Livy on the eve of the implosion of the Roman republic. Livy’s statement cleverly embraces two inextricable concepts: culture and change.
Global Education: A Front-Row View of the Future
by Richard C. Longworth, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
If the Peoria region is to thrive in the global era, it needs smart, worldly people who understand the global economy and how it works. I recently spent two weeks with some of these people—still students, but ready to lead Peoria into the future.
“You Can’t Make Me, Mommy!”: A Fresh Way of Viewing Resistance to Change
by Mark Bidlake, CGN & Associates, Inc.
Navigating through an important project or busy calendar, each of us meets square on with roadblocks, hurdles and naysayers.
Strategic Marketing: Small, Targeted Changes Render Big Results
by Greg Wilson, Peoria Logo
Before changing your business’s marketing strategy, carefully evaluate the need. Then, if change is warranted, start small.
Your Career Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Virtualization
by Greg Johnson, uConsulting
Career virtualization means packaging your skill sets in a manner that creates an abstraction layer between you and your employer.
Get to Know Your Change Agents: Implementing Successful and Lasting Change
by Paul E. Macek, Proctor Health Care
Nothing creates more skepticism than unsuccessful change.
New Business Ideas Empowering Organizational Success
by Amy Lambert, Heart Technologies
Some of the most innovative things professionals are introducing into their toolboxes are a little...well, out of the box.
Change in the Global Neighborhood
by Angela Weck, Peoria Area World Affairs Council
U.S. citizens need to be informed and prepare to be active facilitators of change in their own communities.
Investing in District-Wide Change
by Dr. Grenita Lathan, Peoria Public Schools District 150
Peoria Public Schools seeks to ensure that every student is prepared for post-secondary education or the workplace.
Change Your Way of Thinking About Entrepreneurship
by Renee Charles and Shad Sleeth, Peoria NEXT
President Obama and business leaders confess that small business is the backbone of America’s economy.
Handling Change: Say Goodbye to TMI
by Steven A. Hamon, The Antioch Group
As we confront change at work or in our personal lives, here are three keys for staying right-side-up in the face of it all.
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Friday, July 8th to Saturday, July 16th @ Expo Gardens
The annual Heart of Illinois Fair will take place, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 4pm on Friday, July 8th. The fair opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday, and 4pm Monday through Friday. Visit for complete details.
Wednesday, July 13th @ Knights of Columbus Hall, Morton
Kuhl & Company will offer a Workers’ Compensation Reform seminar presented by Craig Young of Heyl Royster from 8 to 11am at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morton, 616 West David. Continental breakfast at 8am. Seminar runs from 8:30 to 11am. Reserve your spot by calling (309) 266-7300.
Wednesday, July 13th @ Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Learn how to do business with the Rock Island Arsenal at an event hosted by the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center, IMEC and the EDC for Central Illinois from 8am to noon. For info or to register, call (309) 495-5907 or email

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Jul 1, 2011


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Peoria Chronicle

My favorite blog in Peoria is the Peoria Chronicle, written by C.J. Summers.

C.J. does a great job on city of Peoria issues.

I love his blog, but respectfully disagree with his opposition to the Heart of Peoria redevelopment efforts. If an older city does not lead the redevelopment of its older central city, it will continue to decline.

Take a look at beautiful downtown Harvey and Gary. I know these cities well. Most of their efforts to rebuild their central city were too little, too late. A visit to their down towns might convince a skeptic that a city must rebuild itself, or give up and move out.

We would all prefer that we did not have to incent the redevelopment of our older cities, but that is not reality.

People are angry about taxes and incentives to the private sector. I understand that anger. But these folks should also understand that a decision not to incent redevelopment is a decision to give up on your older areas.

Downtown Peoria has some outstanding advantages that Harvey and Gary did not share. Our City overlooks the Illinois River, providing a great view.  Our downtown is fortunate to have two great hospitals and a corporate headquarters of Caterpillar, a very successful company that cares about its home town. And the interstate runs through downtown, providing great access.

Still, incentives are required to rebuild the older parts of the city. Developers go where they are certain they can develop and get a great return. Redevelopment is much more costly and high risk then greenfield development. We have to equalize these costs through incentives if we want private sector renewal.

Peoria Economic Development

The mission of the City of Peoria Economic Development is to foster and support economic growth and improve quality of life by encouraging business expansion in Peoria, retaining existing business and industry, and supporting community revitalization and growth.

Peoria is a great place to live and work. Whether you are starting a business, looking to expand one, or relocate to Peoria, our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to help you find the best real estate and employees, connect you with resources, and guide you through the development process.

From LaHood with Love

In a DOT press release this week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood makes a $1.58 billion commitment to fund the New Starts program.
Aiming to reduce the nation's dependency on petro, improve public transportation access, and mitigate air quality, LaHood approves funding for the 9 existing, 7 new, 9 proposed, and 2 other transit projects that will greatly expand America's network of light rail, subway, BRT, and streetcar systems.
"America’s long-term economic success requires investing now in transportation infrastructure capable of moving people and goods more safely, efficiently and quickly than ever before," LaHood asserts.
As head of the agency that oversees New Starts, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff adds, "Our investments in expanding America’s transit networks will not only improve reliable transportation access for communities across the country, they will support construction jobs and economic development."

Starting Over? Come to Peoria

According to MSN Real Estate, Peoria is one of the ten best places for starting over; i.e., Peoria is one of “10 midsize to large cities with the best job prospects and most affordable mortgage payments.” The list is:
  1. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  3. Kalamazoo-Portage, Mich.
  4. Rochester, N.Y.
  5. Oklahoma City
  6. Peoria, Ill.
  7. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.
  8. Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Bristol, Va.
  9. Columbus, Ohio
  10. Fort Wayne, Ind.