Tri-County Commission agrees on new plan of action

By WEEK Producer

May 31, 2012Updated May 31, 2012 at 10:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. — Local officials took steps tonight to bring more economic growth to the area.

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission passed a resolution to take the recommendations of an independent consultant on a handful of issues aimed at spurring the economies of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.

Recommendations include reorganizing existing councils and organizations and merging others to be more efficient

The Commission will now turn the recommendations into tangible plans.

The Commission’s Executive Director says many people had a say in how economic development should be handled.

Terry Kuhlbuss, Executive Director of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission said, “There was a broad range of people that were interviewed and made real contributions. We’re talking about women owned businesses, folks from the hispanic community, the Indian community, the African-American community. The work that was done, would not be as good as it is had it not been for that very high level of input across a lot of stakeholders in the region.”

Groups from the public, private, and non-profit sectors all had input in how the resolution was written.

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