PROGRAMS

Client Services

The Greater Peoria EDC Team is on hand to help local businesses, site selectors, and our local communities find the resources they need to grow and thrive in Greater Peoria.

Local Businesses

The Greater Peoria EDC provides a variety of support services to local employers including facilitating meetings with other businesses, workforce development partners, and federal, state and local leaders, assisting with foreign trade zone projects, connecting companies to critical financing and business incentive programs, supporting research and data needs, sharing building and site information, and helping with workforce planning.
Connect with Sally Hanley,
Director of Business Assistance

Site Selectors

The Greater Peoria EDC offers a variety of support services to site selectors, developers, and business owners interested in considering Greater Peoria for their newest home.  Our Director of Business Attraction assists clients in real estate exploration, data collection, workforce considerations, and incentives.
Connect with Kim Uhlig,
Director of Business Attraction

Local Communities

The Greater Peoria EDC provides a variety of free support services to our local economic development professionals and planners including access to business and workforce data, retail reports, and impact studies; community marketing; CDAP grant assistance; available building and site promotion; and inclusion in our economic development professionals workforce and attraction teams.
Connect with Melissa Oliveri,
Office Manager

Local Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur searching for support, the Greater Peoria EDC can help! Through Startup Peoria, we offer a wide variety of services to those interested in launching and growing their own enterprise. Our assistance may include identifying financial partners, providing industry research, and facilitating introductions to larger businesses and potential customers. Our coworking space, business pitch competition, and weekly meetups are also valuable resources.
Connect with Randon Gettys,
Startup Peoria Coordinator

Our Programs

Our programs have been carefully crafted to support the goals of our organization including helping our local employers to grow and developing, recruiting, and retaining a talented workforce.

Every year, the Greater Peoria EDC conducts face-to-face interviews with 100 regional CEOs and Business Leaders through our Elevate program.  The information gathered during these interviews provides a valuable perspective on the regional economy, data that helps to guide our actions in support of economic growth, and specific opportunities to help our employers overcome barriers to growth.
Connect with Sally Hanley,
Director of Business Assistance

The Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network is a group of world-class manufacturers, service, and logistics providers in our region working together to develop new and diverse sales opportunities. Network members market collectively and leverage their networks to identify and develop sales that they can bid on individually or collectively.
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If your Greater Peoria company has between 10-99 employees and over 1M in revenue, you might be eligible for GP Economic Gardening. This program supports the acceleration of growth for regional Stage 2 companies, surrounding them with a team of experts that provides market intelligence and expertise to help them fine-tune their strategy and dramatically accelerate their growth.
Connect with Sally Hanley,
Director of Business Assistance

Startup Peoria exists to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators to launch successful ventures that contribute to the growth and sustainability of Greater Peoria. Innovative workshops and programs including 1 Million Cups, KeyStart Business Pitch Competitions, The Nest Coworking Space, and Startup Weekends are a core part of what makes Startup Peoria’s clients successful.
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Searching for career information, internships, or STEM enrichment activities?  GPpathways.org is Greater Peoria’s career exploration one-stop-shop for students, parents, and educators.  The site provides critical career information and guidance along with regional work-based learning opportunities, and a long list of events and programs designed to support a student’s search for the ideal career.
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LiveGP is a new program that will offer a variety of resources to support the talent recruitment needs of Greater Peoria employers.  A website that showcases the region as a great place to live and work, marketing materials, trailing spouse support, and a concierge service are just a few of the services that will be offered beginning in the spring of 2016.
Connect with Kate Cundiff,
Director of Workforce Solutions

CICESS aims to build a local workforce of trained secure software development professionals through an apprenticeship model. This apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction, helping individuals learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.
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StayGP is an online resource that allows regional employers to connect with our local unemployed workforce. The website, StayGP.org, features four tracks for users to continue their professional development: Find Your Next Job, Go Back to School, Start a New Business, and Enjoy Early Retirement. Along with our StayGP LinkedIn group, StayGP.org offers visitors a one-stop source for employment opportunities and professional development events.
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Peoria Pathways to Prosperity (PP2P) is an Illinois-led STEM education program designed to support college and career readiness for all student in the Peoria School District. Through a partnership between the State of Illinois and a group of local organizations, PP2P aides the development of programs that empower students to explore their career interests.
Connect with Brent Baker,
Peoria Pathways Coordinator