Peoria Magazine: April 2019

by Mae Gilliland Wright

From employee attraction to creative problem-solving, the arts and culture are critical ingredients in a healthy community.

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Building a Chamber

by Emily Potts

A small but mighty force is on the rise in the local business community.

Artists Shift the Paradigm

by Philip Newton, Perennial Partners
Through ART, Inc., young people will gain access to a potpourri of community creativity.
Be aware of behaviors that sabotage employee and organizational success.
by Chris Farris, Peoria Public Library
Library materials can guide patrons as they assess the possibility of revitalizing historic structures.
by Nicole Nevicosi, Heinwold Banwart, Ltd.
Beyond the legal requirement, audits can provide opportunities for improving efficiency or effectiveness.
Improving your use of eye contact can make you a more powerful communicator.
by Michael Davis, IWIRC
Illinois’ recent minimum wage increase could have undesirable side effects.
Courtesy of Heartland Bank
Arranging for a transfer to charity from an IRA may have better tax results.

Investing in the Arts Community

by Mark Roberts, Community Foundation of Central Illinois
The Arts Mean Business Fund combines economic development with investment in the arts.

Imagining Our Future

by Rebecca Shulman Herz, Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
The arts play an important role in developing the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
Tianguis Peoria carries on a long Mexican tradition.
by Mayor Jim Ardis, City of Peoria
The quality of government in our democracy begins at the local level.
by Kathleen Brown, University of Illinois Extension
An online tool connects students with STEM professionals who serve as student mentors.
by David Zimmerman, Tazewell County Board
If it is important enough to mandate, it is important enough to fund.
Courtesy of Midstate College
Armed with an innovation mindset, you will be well-positioned for new opportunities.
by Quint Studer
Newcomers bring new revenue and fresh ideas to your community. Get intentional about welcoming and celebrating them.

Not Just Black and White

by Dr. Anni K. Reinking
A new memoir details the thoughts and experiences of a white mother raising a black son.

A Midlife Pivot

by Banu Hatfield, Zion Coffee Co
Making the decision to step away from my corporate career surprised many in my circle.
Ten things you didn't know about the talk show host and radio personality...
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by Fabiola Orozco, UnityPoint Health
The Mazor X Spinal Robot helps patients with faster recovery times and less pain.
by Laura Nightengale, OSF HealthCare
Give your family the gift of peace of mind.
by Chef Golda Ewalt
Make your own vanilla extract… then enjoy a cocktail!

Wandering the Heartland

by Emily Potts
Local singer/songwriters hit the right notes, nabbing national acclaim in Rolling Stone.

Imagine a Day Without Water

by Lori Horstman, Illinois American Water
By combining art and science, we can raise awareness and instill the value of water in our young customers.
by Abby Gettys, Collecture
Procuring original art for clients' homes reinforced my philosophy that the best way to support the arts is to buy art.
by Emily Potts
Building connections and camaraderie through the arts.