Startup Supports Junior Achievement and Offers Travel Grant

Startup Supports Junior Achievement and Offers Travel Grant

By Randon Gettys, Startup Peoria Coordinator Startup Peoria is off to a strong start in 2017! We're trying a lot of new stuff this year and I'm thrilled to report that the community is responding positively.  At our Winter Startup Mixer, the first in a series of mixers to connect the GP startup community, we set an attendance goal of…

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Illinois to Help Generate Business Leads

Illinois to Help Generate Business Leads

By Kim Uhlig, Director of Business Attraction At the end of January, officials from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) along with Andria Winters, President of Intersect Illinois, met with the Greater Peoria Attraction Team. Intersect Illinois and DCEO are working together to launch a more aggressive marketing and business attraction effort for the state.…

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Existing Businesses Report Growth and Needs

Existing Businesses Report Growth and Needs

By Sally Hanley, Director of Business Assistance Each year, I get to meet with 100 of our regional employers to understand their progress, challenges, and future plans, and to provide assistance whenever possible. The visits are a part of our business assistance program, a program we call Elevate Greater Peoria. Of the 101 employers I met with in 2016, 31 are…

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OSF Healthcare Opens Their Arms to High School Interns

OSF Healthcare Opens Their Arms to High School Interns

By Brent Baker, Peoria Pathways Coordinator Across the country, communities are working to connect high school students to their careers of interest by creating internships. As you may imagine, connecting students to healthcare careers proves something of a challenge, given the various regulations. Lucky for us here in Greater Peoria, OSF Healthcare was up for the challenge.  They created internships…

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Startup Peoria Funds New Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Program

Startup Peoria Funds New Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Program

PEORIA –Startup Peoria entered into a five-year agreement with Junior Achievement of Central Illinois to provide seed capital to launch a high school entrepreneurship program in each of the five counties served by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. The announcement was made last Thursday at the Startup Winter Mixer, the first of a series of Startup Peoria events this…

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Governor and Department of Commerce Announce Inaugural Cohort of ADME in Peoria

Governor and Department of Commerce Announce Inaugural Cohort of ADME in Peoria

PEORIA – Governor Bruce Rauner today launched the inaugural cohort for the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program in Peoria. The program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce, is a community investment program developed to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business ecosystem by tapping into the potential of minority business owners and entrepreneurs. The first…

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It’s Time to Submit Your Projects!

It’s Time to Submit Your Projects!

Do you have a project that could help our regional goals? The Greater Peoria EDC will be scoring and prioritizing regional projects to submit to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for our Focus Forward Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) .  Projects that are included in this document become more eligible for federal funding. Projects should be led by a government…

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Closing the Broadband Gap in Our Rural Communities

Closing the Broadband Gap in Our Rural Communities

By Nathan Davis, Director of Rural Development This morning, as most mornings, I woke up and checked Facebook.  Shortly thereafter, I sent a couple emails, asked my Echo for today's weather, played some music through Spotify, paid a bill online, and read the morning news on my phone.  For these tasks, as with many of the tasks I have in…

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Rolling Out the 2017 Attraction Strategy

Rolling Out the 2017 Attraction Strategy

By Kim Uhlig, Director of Business Attraction Last year, our goal in Business Attraction was to get out and meet with targeted site selectors and manufacturers to generate leads for Greater Peoria. Over the year, we: - Met with over 37 Site Selectors while in Nashville, Atlanta, and Chicago. - Attended three manufacturing trade shows:  Hannover Messe in Germany, Centralia in…

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