Greater Peoria EDC, as part of the Illinois Defense Network, will engage and cultivate a network of regional defense related manufacturers, assist companies to diversify and expand their supplier base through matching regional capabilities to prime and subcontractor needs, assist small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) pitch to prime and subcontractors and connect SMEs to resources and services. Focus will be on the Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network companies. The Greater Peoria EDC represents the nine counties (Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Logan, Mason, Marshall, Stark, Fulton, McLean) in the Illinois Defense Network-Peoria region.
Two new hires with procurement, defense, and supply chain expertise, Linda Krendick and Brandon Hostetter, will serve as part time, Program Managers, Illinois Defense Network-Peoria Region, to help develop the strategy and implement the strategic objectives.
A part time Program Manager Assistant will also be hired. Specifically, the Program Managers will utilize the findings and insights from the University of Illinois’ economic analysis and Supply Chain Mapping Tool to develop programs and services that will strengthen the competitiveness of the defense related manufacturing sector, understand the specific needs of this sector and serve as a conduit for addressing issues and identifying opportunities.
This project is scheduled to run thru December 2019.