Regional Initiatives

Greater Peoria 2030

Greater Peoria 2030 is a coalition of area organizations working together on a decade-long talent attraction campaign with the goal of growing the area population and economy. There are currently eight participating organizations, including: the CEO Council, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Discover Peoria, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the Morton Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Development Corporation, promoting the diverse, creative population-driving revitalization efforts within the communities of the Greater Peoria Metro Area. The campaign is being planned and executed by McDaniels Marketing of Pekin, Illinois, to market the region as a great place to visit, live, work, and play in.

See the full press release and photo highlights from the press conference.

The Big Table Greater Peoria

The Big Table Greater Peoria started as a day-long regional community building event in the fall of 2019. It brought together community members to exchange ideas and to discuss common challenges and opportunities for making the Greater Peoria region a better place to live, work, and play. Most importantly, the event created a platform for new connections among community members, providing an opportunity to discuss important issues—together. Since that first gathering, a dozen more events have been held in all five of our region’s counties. These gatherings, both in-person and virtual, covered a range of topics such as business and workforce development, innovation, racial justice, rural development, and quality of life. Collectively, we have heard from over 1,500 of the region’s residents who represent a wide spectrum of voices among our diverse communities. The full 2020 report is available here.

We are excited to announce that The Big Table Greater Peoria will be back in-person this year on Thursday, October 20th at the Peoria Civic Center! Register here.

The Big Table Greater Peoria has continued to promote 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

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.