Grow With Us

Welcome... to Greater Peoria in the heart of Central Illinois


Work Greater. Live Greater.

Welcome to Greater Peoria, a five-county region in central Illinois anchored by the city of Peoria, where you can enjoy a vibrant, big-city lifestyle with a small-town feel. With stunning riverfronts, vibrant downtowns, a talented workforce, and a history of innovation, Greater Peoria sets itself apart with its growing and diverse economy. Cost of living is low. Quality of life is high. Commutes are short. And the list of things to do is long. Whether you are looking for a welcoming community to call home or a new place to start or expand your business, Greater Peoria — named the most affordable midsized community in the United States by AdvisorSmith— provides abundant opportunities for you to build a fulfilling career with plenty of time to make memories with those you love.

Connecting the Dots through Business Outreach

The Connecting the Dots through Business Outreach project focuses on leveraging the Greater Peoria area's unique mix of urban and rural economies, aiming to revitalize the region by engaging with businesses outside urban centers, particularly starting in Lincoln and Logan County


Grow in Greater Peoria

Your business will never find a region as welcoming and helpful as Greater Peoria. Find all current economic and community data resources you will need for growing your business. Why Greater Peoria? Because we make it easy for you to join a business community that is primed for resilient growth in a strategically desirable location.

icon-pattern-02 people collaborating in a workspace

Live Greater. Work Greater

Build the life you want in a region full of possibilities. By providing a truly urban center experience, small town community, and solitude in rural contexts, Greater Peoria gives you the luxury of choosing life at your own pace. Grab a bite in a vibrant downtown and then drive ten minutes to enjoy the natural beauty of our river bluffs or countryside. Your daily commute will never be the same: experience less traffic and more living in Greater Peoria.

icon-pattern-02 Peoria Skyline

Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

The Greater Peoria EDC partners with employers, educational institutions, and social service agencies to build a robust and equitable talent pipeline. We are prepared to outfit your business with the talent you need to find success in the emerging global economy.

icon-pattern-02 man wearing VR goggles

Regional Economic Development Strategy for a Robust and Diverse Economy

We are custodians to The Big Table Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Built over a two year period of hosting conversations with our diverse communities and building partnerships with numerous stakeholders, the Big Table CEDS guides our common work of making the region a great place to live, work and play—for everyone. Dive into why the National Association of Development Organizations lists our CEDS as Best Practice for Equity and Inclusion.

icon-pattern-02 Chris Setti at the Big Table event

Innovative Healthcare

At the heart of Greater Peoria is a thriving healthcare industry, anchored by established institutions and supported by innovative startups and research. Our healthcare industry, ranked as the 6th midsize healthcare hub in the country by Business Facilities, employs over 30,000 people in the region. Innovation, quality and affordability are the hallmarks of our healthcare industry.

icon-pattern-02 Oncology Treatment

Growth And Sustainability

As a midsize metro, we take the needs of our existing and startup businesses very seriously. The companies that are located here benefit from a highly collaborative and supportive business community. We will partner with you throughout your business journey from inception to scaling. Our dedication to our region’s companies ensures their growth and resiliency.


Concierge Services for Startups

The Greater Peoria EDC has a Soft Landing Program to help foreign businesses start up their first American Location. We will hold your hand from start to the finish line and success.


A New Biomedical Hub

The Greater Peoria region has long been known for its manufacturing prowess. From our early days as the “Whiskey Capital of the World,” to the vital role in developing the mass production process for penicillin during WWII, to the growth of Caterpillar as the world-leader in earth movers and now the emergence of Jump Trade Simulation and our burgeoning biomedical research hub, we continue to evolve. Supported by our manufacturing and medical ecosystems and a community of supportive resources, Greater Peoria is well-positioned to become a biomedical manufacturing leader in the Midwest.


Technology Industry Grant

Developing a Robust Ecosystem for Technology Industries

The Technology Industry Grant Program is a new initiative developed by the City of Peoria to provide grants to technology industry-related businesses seeking to locate or expand within Peoria.


Explore Greater Peoria

Familiarize yourself with the Greater Peoria Region. Explore our attractions and businesses.

Take A Tour

valuable information

Helpful Resources

Our Regional Job Board

We are a growing economy with opportunities for people at all levels of their careers. The next stage of your professional career journey begins here. Explore job openings and hiring companies on our regional job board.

Talent Attraction

When you make your home in the Greater Peoria Area, you’ll find a high quality lifestyle doesn’t come at a premium. Move to a community ranked top 100 to live in the United States by US News and build a lifestyle that moves to your speed.

Explore Our Industries

From leading industries like Healthcare, Manufacturing and Agriculture to target industries such as Biomedical Manufacturing and Green Economy, our industry clusters are a critical part of our economy and community.

Resources for Success

Take a dive into our guides and resources and learn more about the Greater Peoria Region.

Innovation & Startups

We work directly with new business owners, professionals exploring new business opportunities, and students to develop, scale, and grow their new business ventures.

Contact our Team

We’re Here to Help

We are here to help. Whether you need economic data to help expand your business or need business assistance or resources to help you make a relocation decision, the Greater Peoria EDC is here for you. Contact us today.

Join Our Email Newsletter


Stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in Greater Peoria.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.