iBi - October 2012

Building a Road Map

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.

Beyond the Opening

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

by Ty Livingston
City of East Peoria

As the dust settles on earlier projects, the city is gearing up for even more new development.

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.


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.