iBi - December 2008

Craig Hullinger

Craig Hullinger has served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Peoria since 2005. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, he is a strong advocate for redevelopment of the city’s inner core. He and his wife, Beth Ruyle Hullinger, have two children and live on High Street in Peoria.

The Speed of Change

After a year of gradual decline beginning with the onset of the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007, the speed with which the financial curtains came crashing down in mid-September was startling—and downright frightening.

Unused Land To Booming Downtown

by Amy Groh
While downtown renovation projects sprout up across the country, few communities are afforded the opportunity to create a downtown from scratch. Yet that is exactly the situation in which East Peoria finds itself. With the East Peoria/Downtown 2010 project taking shape, the city has a unique chance to create something that will set it apart.

Morton on the Move

by Jennifer Daly
Morton Economic Development Council
Affluent and upscale, nestled between two growing metro areas, home to dozens of successful, locally owned enterprises, and endowed with a sea of perfect infrastructure leading to vacant, shovel-ready sites lying along two major interstates. What more could an economic developer ask for?

Quality of Life in the City of Pekin

by Steve Brown
City of Pekin
Having diversified since the recession of the mid-1980s, the City of Pekin has experienced a number of economic successes, including Riverway Business Park, an expanded transportation network and Illinois Central College's new South campus.

EP 2010: Community Impact

by Ty Livingston
City of East Peoria
One of the elements the city has always lacked is an identifiable central business district.

The Green in EP 2010

by Jim Hollenback
The acres of concrete on the East Peoria/Downtown 2010 site may be gray, but the project has a green foundation.

Growing a Small Community

by Michael Davis
Delavan Economic Development Council
With my background in business, a challenge was presented to me to begin the Delavan Economic Development Council.

Economic Development for the Region

by Cindy Patterson
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
Can a community be crafted to grow the way it needs to? Absolutely. Will it grow without help? Maybe. But perhaps not the way it should.

Rural Communities in Action

by Jessica Moroz
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
The Central Illinois Rural Coalition on Development is an organization of leaders from rural communities within central Illinois.

At Each Branch, an Art Gallery

by Rasheite Radcliff
What started as simple snapshots of newborns and family vacations has grown into much more than just a pastime.