Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

Peoria's State of the City Speech

Feb 3, 2017
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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis gave the State of the City speech Wednesday, February 1, before a record 625 business and civic leaders.

Peoria's State of the City Resolved After CAT News

Feb 1, 2017
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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis delivered the annual State of the City Speech Wednesday, a day after Caterpillar announced it will take its headquarters and top 300 executive jobs to Chicago.

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The election of Donald Trump presents a clean slate for the US to craft comprehensive immigration policies. That was one conclusion that panelists from a variety of political and professional backgrounds could agree on, during a discussion at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Mon.

“With a comprehensive immigration policy, which has been lacking for years and years and years, it needs to be overhauled. And in order to achieve economic security, we’re going to have to have a plan," Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-Chair Dave Bender said. 

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Peoria’s Downtown Development Corporation is planning to see Riverfront Village eventually become a linear park.

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Leaders from Peoria School District 150, Illinois Central College, the City and business groups gathered at City Hall Thursday to extend an agreement that connects students to careers.

The collaborative effort, Peoria Pathways to Prosperity, aims to give students who aren’t interested in college a chance to garner career training and exploration.

Interim Superintendent Sharon Kherat says the renewed agreement will further expand options for students:

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Peoria Chamber members and School District 150 employees attended a welcome reception for Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat this week. The theme of the event was a cultural shift in the way District 150 relates to the wider community.

Kherat was greeted at the Chamber offices like a celebrity. She shook hands with every person in the room, and cracked a few jokes when she took the podium. 

Jim Lynch is the Executive Director of the CEO Council. He says her approach is a paradigm shift:

Peoria Business Community gives thanks

Nov 20, 2014
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  Nearly 800 people attended the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce 39th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Civic Center Thursday.

Peoria Area Chamber gets new President

Jan 31, 2014

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader. The organization’s board of directors announced Jeffery Griffin as the new President.

Ardapple named Interim Chamber President

Jun 24, 2013

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has a new interim President. Mary Ardapple is stepping in until a permanent replacement can be found.

Ardapple has been a Chamber member since 1984 and served as Chamber Board Chairperson in 2006. She is also a Peoria County Board member.

Ardapple says she is excited to get started to help community businesses. She says her goal is to build the organization for future leadership.

Learning the Affordable Care Act

Apr 2, 2013

Health care insurance and the changes coming for employers was the topic of a seminar offered by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce. Laura Minzer is the Vice President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. She says communication between employees and employers will play a key role in navigating the coming changes. Minzer says health care is very personal and is already complicated.