Ex-Pekin manager Kief named acting head of EDC, Focus Forward

PEORIA — Former Pekin City Manager Denny Kief has been named acting CEO for both Focus Forward Central Illinois and the Economic Development Council.

A Pekin native, Kief, 62, will serve as the acting head of both FFCI and EDC until a new director is hired by EDC in the coming months.

Kief had a 26-year career in city government in Pekin, capped by seven years as city manager, before retiring at the end of 2010.

Hired initially as the project manager for both FFCI and the EDC, Kief is compiling the new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy report for FFCI. He also leads the Technical Work Group, economic development professionals from the FFCI region that includes Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Logan and Mason counties.

Kief has been an active participant in two years of planning to set up FFCI and establish its regional development goals.

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