« Previous Oct 2012Next »Archives About iBi Building a Road Map The Beginning of a Journey by Jonathan Wright The goal of the newly-formed Regional Strategy Policy Steering Committee is to make central Illinois the benchmark for regional collaboration with a unified approach to economic development. So Much to Build On Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi It’s been 14 years since Sears left downtown Peoria, and seven since the building was demolished. This month, the long march to fill that space comes to an end. Beyond the Opening Catalyzing Downtown Development by Stevie Sigan and Jonathan Wright Photography by David Vernon Every city, no matter its size, has a distinct identity—one shaped by geography, by the unique amenities it offers, and by its people. It’s this inimitable sense of place that attracts residents—and gives visitors a reason to come and stay. Warehouse District Changes are Coming by Bruce Brown Farnsworth Group Construction is anticipated to begin later this year or early 2013 on the redevelopment of the streetscape along Washington Street and within the Warehouse District of downtown Peoria. East Peoria/Downtown An Update by Ty Livingston City of East Peoria As the dust settles on earlier projects, the city is gearing up for even more new development. Q&A with Mark Rothert Economic Development in Peoria County The assistant county administrator for economic development in Peoria County talks about the County's ED plans and priorities. We Know Where We're Going Jennifer Daly, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council People frequently ask me how Morton has gained so much momentum in the past few years. Prominent Progress in Washington by Jon Oliphant City of Washington New development, revitalization and booming growth are making over the city. Pekin is Peaking! by Leigh Ann Matthews City of Pekin Economic balance is why Pekin is peaking! Have you experienced it lately? We're Here to Help by Colleen Callahan USDA Rural Development supports the rural way of life by being a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families. Chillicothe: Coming Into Its Own by Rachael Parker As the relatively new economic development director for the City of Chillicothe, I was excited to take on this challenge to grow in my profession. Region Public Employee PensionsThe Bear That Must Be Tamedby Doug Whitley Illinois Chamber of Commerce Economic Development & the CityMayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria Putting the Band Back TogetherDon Welch - PACVB Finance Prepare For Your Future During Estate Planning Weekby Julie Cook Savant Capital Management Financing and Valuationsby Nathan Isenberg and Brent Sauder Heinold-Banwart, Ltd. What Should I Do About Year-End Planning?by Cathy Butler Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Workplace The Top 3 Business Writing Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Nowby Dawn Josephson Cultivating Ability and Fostering Inclusionby Madeline Smith PARC Preparing for the WorstJeanne Buysee - American Family Insurance The Clock is Ticking!Adam Haight, IWIRC Corp. "Free Grants" & Other ScamsJessica Tharp, Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois Healthcare Answering a Critical NeedPaul Macek, Proctor Hospital An Eye on the FutureDebbie Simon, UnityPoint Health Economic Development of a Different Sortby Keith Steffen OSF Saint Francis Medical Center More... Beyond the Babysitting GigTen Ways to Take Classic Kid Jobs to the Next Levelby Gregory Downing Keys to Finding a Strong Workforceby ICC Staff The Economy and Custom ElectronicsBy Matt Allen Oak Point Technologies What Do You Want to Be...?Angie Houck, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois Balance Toward an Aging-Friendly Era by Gabrielle Balzell A national expert sheds light on how communities will need to adapt to an aging generation of baby boomers.