Regional Initiatives

Peoria Region represents and promotes Peoria as an anchor to the greater 30-county trade area that is home to 1.7 million people and focuses on an inclusive 13-county primary trade area that better represents this dynamic region. Companies were asked to share this on their business website and help spread the word.

The Big Table

The 2019 Big Table event was a huge success and gathered over 700 participants from across the region to engage in community conversations centered around moving the region forward in the areas of workforce development and education, quality of life and place, innovation and entrepreneurship, and diversity and inclusion. We learned from the exit poll that 94% of participants reported they were satisfied with their experience at the Big Table and 96% reported they would attend a similar event in the future. The 2019 Big Table Final Report was completed and released on February 18, 2020 to the public.  A full copy of the report can be found here.

We plan to keep the momentum alive by bringing back The Big Table in the Fall of 2020. The Big Table promotes regional community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect communities. Through open, thoughtful conversations that focus on how we can strengthen our region, we will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and what our region needs.  Learn More