FFCI http://peoriapublicradio.org en Official: transparency still lacking with FFCI http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/official-transparency-still-lacking-ffci <p></p><div>Focus Forward CI approved its bylaws as it transitions to an independent group. &nbsp;The region's new economic development effort was originally a part of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. &nbsp;Tri-County chair Larry Whitaker was the only no vote against the bylaws. &nbsp;He says the rules should specifically allow public attendance of FFCI meetings to be more transparent:</div><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:05:29 +0000 Alex Rusciano 10387 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Official: transparency still lacking with FFCI Tri-County Exec. Board OKs stance on water company buyout talks http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tri-county-exec-board-oks-stance-water-company-buyout-talks <p></p><div>A board with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission says it’s staying out of any possible water company buyout talks in Peoria or Pekin. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 03:25:14 +0000 Alex Rusciano 9961 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tri-County Exec. Board OKs stance on water company buyout talks Regional economic development effort reaches one year mark http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/regional-economic-development-effort-reaches-one-year-mark <p></p><div>The region's new economic development effort unveiled its five-year strategy. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports it’s been a year since Focus Forward C.I. started goal setting:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:00:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 9674 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Regional economic development effort reaches one year mark Likely discussion on Peoria option to buyout water supplier http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/likely-discussion-peoria-option-buyout-water-supplier <p>A potential Peoria City buyout of Illinois-American-Water will likely be discussed in the coming months. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports a group under the region’s new economic development effort could revisit the issue:</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 05:39:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 9450 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Likely discussion on Peoria option to buyout water supplier Transparency, executive director issues for Focus Forward group http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/transparency-executive-director-issues-focus-forward-group <p></p><div>The region’s new economic development effort plans to unveil steps towards meeting its five-year goals at the end of the month. But Focus Forward C.I. continues to deal with calls for more transparency in its meeting process. The policy steering committee met Tuesday without taking any action on a five-year budget or voting to make the group separate from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Tri-County board chair Larry Whitaker says that’s because the meeting wasn’t properly noticed:</div><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:11:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 8602 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Transparency, executive director issues for Focus Forward group Woodford County explores adding Economic Development efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/woodford-county-explores-adding-economic-development-efforts <p></p><div>The Woodford County Board is evaluating its economic development options for next year. The County could use existing staff for the job, or create a new part-time position for about $50,000. Mike Hinrichsen, chairs the Woodford County finance committee. He says the County needs a separate economic development effort:</div><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 04:22:32 +0000 Alex Rusciano 8542 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Woodford County explores adding Economic Development efforts Tri-County officials voice concern over economic development transparency http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/tri-county-officials-voice-concern-over-economic-development-transparency <p></p><div>Members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission are still voicing concerns about transparency involving the region’s new economic development effort. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 03:01:53 +0000 Alex Rusciano 8221 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Tri-County officials voice concern over economic development transparency