Development en East Peoria approves business loan <div>The East Peoria City Council approved a $50,000 loan to help a local accounting firm expand. The loan is for CLA Services to move into a building in the city’s Four Corners District. City Planning Director Ty Livingston says the loan can help pay for physical improvements that match the district:</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:48:43 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21838 at East Peoria approves business loan Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group <div>The Peoria County Board deferred funding its share of a new downtown development group. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports board members questioned the transparency and membership of the group:</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The newly-formed non-profit Downtown Development Corporation aims to boost investment in Peoria's downtown and warehouse district. </span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:43:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21621 at Peoria County defers funding for downtown development group Risinger shares priorities for Planning Commission <div>Former state senator Dale Risinger says he hopes to renew focus on some lagging Tri-County Regional Planning Commission projects. The commission last week appointed Risinger as its interim executive director. The commission has completed a corridor study to build a proposed Eastern Bypass. &nbsp;That project would connect Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6 in the north-east-region of Peoria. Risinger says he wants to focus on selecting a proposed route for the bypass:</div><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:26:35 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19727 at Risinger shares priorities for Planning Commission New regional tool calculates potential land development impacts <p></p><div>A new computer tool aims to give regional government better accuracy in predicting the impact of residential or commercial development. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports on the new ‘fiscal calculator’ tool:</div><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 13975 at New regional tool calculates potential land development impacts Peoria's Madison Theater included on list of endangered buildings <p></p><div>Ten old hotels, homes, and bridges all built at different times in Illinois' history. &nbsp;The structures might be different, but for 2013, they have something in common. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sites span from the state's northern border to Madison County, outside St. Louis. They make up this year's "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places" list released by Landmarks Illinois, a state organization that promotes preserving sites.</span></p></div><div> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:04:13 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 4845 at Peoria's Madison Theater included on list of endangered buildings Peoria looks to attract new call center <div class="content"><p>Peoria officials are working together to attract a new call center business to the city. Mark Rothert&nbsp; is assistant Peoria County Administrator for Economic Development.&nbsp; He says the company would create about 200 jobs if it locates in the area.</p><blockquote><p>"Right now, immediately, if the company were to expand into Peoria, they could fill about 50 jobs immediately. So, with that potential of 200 jobs, this is a good project to be working on to help spur on our economic development," says Rothert.</p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 01:29:43 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 2208 at Peoria County seeks input for economic development plan <p>Peoria County’s Economic Development Department is hosting a set of public forums this week. The department is seeking public input on how individual counties fit into the regional economic plan. The forums aim to identify the assets of individual communities within the counties. Local residents, officials and business owners can attend the forum tonight from 6-7 at West Peoria City Hall, tomorrow from 6-7 at the Princeville Heritage Museum or Tuesday March 5 from 7:30-8:30 at the Chillicothe City Hall.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:24:50 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 1673 at