economic development http://peoriapublicradio.org en Federal funding announced for Peoria Police, economic development http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/federal-funding-announced-peoria-police-economic-development <p></p><div>The City of Peoria is getting federal funding to recruit or re-hire six police officers. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the $750,000 in funding. It&rsquo;s part of the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:46:25 +0000 Alex Rusciano 12602 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Federal funding announced for Peoria Police, economic development Illinois Makes Changes to Spur Economic Development http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-makes-changes-spur-economic-development <p>Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to abolish the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Administration officials negotiated a more modest set of changes, and now they've beensigned into law. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on the changes in store for economic development in Illinois.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:43:17 +0000 Daryl Scott 10829 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois Makes Changes to Spur Economic Development Illinois Ethanol Plant Celebrates Anniversary http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-ethanol-plant-host-open-house <p>Millions of bushels of corn from northwestern Illinois have been turned into billions of dollars, thanks to an ethanol plant near Annawan in Henry County. Patriot Renewable Fuels will celebrate its 5 year anniversary with an open house and tours Thursday and Friday.&nbsp;IPR's Herb Trix reports.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:40:30 +0000 Daryl Scott 10753 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois Ethanol Plant Celebrates Anniversary Discussion on improving the regional economy http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/discussion-improving-regional-economy <div>Peoria area representatives of education, big and small businesses, healthcare, and manufacturing came together to discuss how to improve the regional economy. 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is holding three such meetings across her district. She says the goal is to form a vision for economic success and come up with issues important for economic development.</div><div> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:50:46 +0000 Denise Molina 10680 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Discussion on improving the regional economy 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 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 New name, structure for Heartland Partnership http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-name-structure-heartland-partnership <p></p><div>The Heartland Partnership now has a new name and structure. The group of organizations that used to function in the Partnership have been reduced, refocused, and in at least one case, completely disbanded. The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the CEO Council are the two private businesses remaining under the newly-named Greater Peoria Business Alliance.</div><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:34:58 +0000 Tanya Koonce & Alex Rusciano 6692 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New name, structure for Heartland Partnership Economic development bill approved http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/economic-development-bill-approved <p></p><div>The Illinois House approved a massive economic development bill Thursday evening. The legislation makes way for projects across Illinois from a fertilizer plant in Tuscola to remodeling the convention center in Rosemont. It also has what Governor Pat Quinn calls a "breakthrough" meant to advance the proposed third Chicago airport near Peotone.</div><div> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:05:07 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6535 at http://peoriapublicradio.org