The CEO Council has put great effort behind building a culture that enhances the business climate so regional businesses can thrive, projects can succeed and people can prosper. This takes a strong commitment, quality leadership and successful collaboration. We have accomplished many great things as the CEO Council thanks to regional commitment, leadership and collaboration. Here are some of those accomplishments:
- 2018 Scorecard. This was the third scorecard completed for the Greater Peoria area benchmarking the region against eleven other communities throughout the Midwest. This data is used to move needles forward in the region and continues to give the CEO Council an in depth look at areas of success and opportunities for growth.
- The Business Champions created an elevator pitch for our area and partnered in the creation of the For Everyone promotional videos for Peoria. The Business Champions continue to work on development of a Regional Brand/Identity for our region. Those resources and videos can be found at RecruitPeoria.org.
- Water Infrastructure Objective Study – On October 30, 2018 the Peoria City council failed to vote to gather information about the value of Peoria’s water system. Prior to the vote, the CEO Council conducted an 18-month study, which showed that Peorians are charged far too much for water and that millions of dollars in profit leave our community every year. The CEO Council volunteered $700,000 and Pro Bono Legal assistance to conduct an appraisal and pursue the facts for the citizens of Peoria. We realize the revenue from the water company would not solve next year’s budget but the continuing of increase fees on businesses and citizens without investigating the numbers of the water works is very disappointing. The CEO Council remains invested in the success of the City of Peoria and will continue to look for future opportunities. The 18-month study done by the CEO Council can be found here.
- Greater Peoria Works continues to thrive under the direction of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. This program continues to identify, encourage and assist Great Peoria employers with providing non-permanent jobs or work-based learning opportunities to high school students on a continuous basis for the purpose of developing job-related skills and attitudes. For more information, click here.
- Downtown/Warehouse Committee completed the creation and launch of the Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria (DDC).
- Education & Workforce Committee helped create Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Joint Resolution, which seeks to ensure that many more local youth complete high school and that more high school graduates are college and/or career ready.
- The 2014 Scorecard Committee collected and compiled data to help identify new areas of focus for 2015 with the help of an Ad Hoc Project Selection Committee who helped flush out initial concepts to present to the group.
- 2012 Scorecard. The first of its kind for the Greater Peoria benchmarking the region against eleven other communities throughout the Midwest in five major categories. The scorecard is a tool the CEO Council will use to help identify areas of focus for projects.
- Partnered with Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and community leaders in launching the first ever Peoria Charter School by working with District 150 to apply for the charter and working with the community to gather supporters.
- Key partners in the successful Build the Block Referendum Campaign to build the Peoria Riverfront Museum and CAT Visitors Center.
- Acted as the Project Manager of the UICOMP’s 24,000 sq. ft. $10 million dollar state of the art Cancer Center that was completed in December of 2011.