It has been a very busy December for The
Heartland Partnership family of companies. Take a look at some of the
headlines this month regarding our economic imact analysis on the recent
Caterpillar investment announcement, a study on Peoria's commercial
development process, what we are doing to find skilled workers for open jobs
and much much more. Also, keep your eyes open for news from today's ribbon
cutting ceremony at the new Cancer Research Center at UICOMP.
expansion could result in large economic plus The Economic
Development Council for Central Illinois says planned Caterpillar expansion
announced recently for Decatur and East Peoria will have a huge benefit to
the local economy. Peoria area EDC President Vickie Clark says the total
annual boost is more than $260 million.
growth a boon to economy The Economic Development Council for
Central Illinois in a report Monday said that the new 300 hires will
translate into a total of 524 new jobs across the communities of East
Small Step for State in Tax Incentive Package Caterpillar would like
to expand in Illinois but adds a lack of stability and predictability with
the state makes that difficult. Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce executive
Director Rob Parks says tax incentives like those contained in the package
should be permanent and available to more businesses.
season off to a good start ... the holiday shopping season, also
proved successful, said Renee Charles, director of public affairs and media
relations for the Heartland Partnership. ...
Technology Into the Classroom The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
and the Illinois Policy Institute brought in Former West Virginia Governor
Bob Wise to speak at a luncheon. Governor Wise is now the President of the
Alliance for Excellence Education and wants to see an effective application
of technology in every classroom.
of the times Unfortunately, a Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
analysis on commercial development was completed before a sign sweep
occurred in September. Had the analysis occurred after, it might've provided
some pretty eye-opening responses.