Discover Peoria Pop-Up Shop open at the Shoppes of Grand Prairie

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Discover Peoria), the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC), Peoria County, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Morton Area Chamber of Commerce, and seven other community organizations are excited to kick-off the holiday campaign, Shop Local 365 and the opening of […]

Posted: November 15, 2021  |  View More »


ICC Workforce Sustainability Center

Illinois Central College president, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, sees workforce development as a solution to multigenerational poverty in Peoria. The Workforce Sustainability Center will help both first-time students as well as those individuals looking to change career while also building our region’s credentialed workforce to 60% by the year 2025. This center will be a tremendous […]

Posted: October 29, 2021  |  View More »


Marketing & Branding a City with Joshua Gunn

Hear from CEO Council’s Joshua Gunn as he shares his passion to grow Peoria into “the most equitable” city in the Midwest, with a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mr. Gunn sees unlimited potential in the midsize city that right in Central Illinois. This episode covers economic development, and Mr. Gunn covers the […]

Posted: October 26, 2021  |  View More »


How can Peoria overcome its ‘Inferiority Complex’

The CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Joshua Gunn, has high hopes for what the River City could become in the next 10 years, but changes need to happen for the city to reach the height of his aspirations. The Journal Star sat with Gunn this summer to gauge his thoughts on life in Peoria after […]

Posted: September 16, 2021  |  View More »


Greater Peoria 2030 Talent Attraction Launch

A coalition of Peoria Area organizations is kicking off the decade-long talent attraction campaign, Greater Peoria 2030, with the goal of growing the Greater Peoria Area population and economy. The participating organizations, Discover Peoria, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, the CEO Council, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, […]

Posted: September 9, 2021  |  View More »


The Big Table: Greater Peoria 2021 – 2025 CEDS

After nearly two years of planning and engaged discussions with community members, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) is set to release the region’s 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for public comment before it is officially adopted by the five counties GPEDC serves: Logan, Mason, Peoria, Woodford, and Tazewell. Over the next five […]

Posted: March 2, 2021  |  View More »


The CEO Council Welcomes Kelly Schneider to the Team!

We are proud to welcome Kelly Schneider as the new CEO Council and YPGP Program Manager. Kelly Schneider has been a Peoria resident since 2008, and has taken advantage of many opportunities to be involved in the community. Since moving to the area, she has been an active member in several local organizations including the […]

Posted: January 6, 2021  |  View More »


Congratulatoins to CEO Council Member, Marty Roth

Congratulations to CEO Council Member, Marty Roth for earning a spot in the 40 Leaders Under Forty 2020 class. As a director at RSM US Wealth Management LLC, Roth is recognized by his collegues for positively contributing to the success of RSM. You can read more about Roth’s journey: https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2020/nov/marty-roth

Posted: November 3, 2020  |  View More »


What Is the Media Saying About the (Virtual) Big Table 2020?

Treasure Roberts, WMBD News Reporter, highlights Big Table testimonials in, “The Big Table, creating regional change through conversation” article. You can read the article here: https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/the-big-table-creating-regional-change-through-conversation/

Posted: October 27, 2020  |  View More »


The (Virtual) Big Table 2020 Was a Success!

Thank you for joining us for The (Virtual) Big Table 2020 from October 19 – 22.  It was an eventful week filled with lots of valuable and thoughtful conversations focusing on how we as a region can collabortely find new innovated ways to deepen our understanfing of our region needs. The Big Table addressed topics […]

Posted: October 27, 2020  |  View More »


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