Cal MacKay is the CEO of the Alliance. He says the new structure will focus specifically on the needs of private business and the regional business climate. MacKay says the Greater Peoria Business Alliance’s first focus areas include revitalizing Peoria’s downtown business and warehouse districts, and identifying regional education and workforce gaps.
The Economic Development Council, previously a part of Heartland Partnership, is also now a stand-alone operation. The new EDC, however, is now under the direction of the Focus Forward CI group and is contracting with the Business Alliance for back office services until its up and running.