Development effort creates website to deliver message

Group also plans forums to map, share assets among communities

By STEVE TARTER (starter@pjstar.com)
of the Journal Star
Posted Nov 05, 2012 @ 10:28 PM

PEORIA —The area’s new economic development movement just got its own website: www.focusforwardci.com.

The website launch comes the week before each of the four counties in the Economic Development District – Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason counties – will hold individual “Asset Mapping Forums” during Discovery Week.

The events are designed to uncover and share unique, indigenous assets and resources from across the entire region.

The website is just one of the tools used to communicate information in the new economic development effort taking place, said Andrew Rand, a member of both the Peoria County Board and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

“I recognize that in less than a year this process of economic development renewal has grown. The work of those involved in bringing this process to this point has been truly remarkable,” he said.

“The desired goal of the economic development effort was to combine cooperation and transparency in this effort. In the case of the website, all the detail will be there,” said Rand.

The planned Discovery Week will explore nine categories: human capital, skills, geographic location, natural resources, infrastructure, technology, knowledge, culture and excellence.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend any of the events in any county at no charge.

– Tazewell County: 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Ashland House, 201 East Ashland St., Morton. Call 478-5702 by Friday for reservations.

– Mason County: 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1st State Bank of Mason City, 123 Elm St, Mason City. Call 543-6661 for reservations.

– Peoria County: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Gateway Building in Peoria. Register at 672-6939.

– Woodford County: 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Cerf Center / Terrill Room at Eureka College in Eureka. For reservations, call 467-2113.

Steve Tarter can be reached at 686-3260 or starter@pjstar.com.

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