New Peoria Area Economic Strategy Proceeding To Next Phase

October 2012

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The new public based economic effort sets it’s 5 year goals.

Focus Forward CI(Central Illinois) is the group’s new name. Mike Hinrichsen chairs the Goals Setting Action team. Hinrichsen says there are specific targets to shoot for.

If that happens, the monetary goal should follow.

The next step is 4 asset mapping forums in November, one each in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason Counties.

Creating more good paying jobs and raising the pay of existing positions are two goals. Raising the overall population and increasing the 25-44 year old age bracket are two other strategies. Hinrichsen says it’s all about getting stakeholders on the same page.

Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason Counties are involved in the new economic development effort.