The Labor Paper

By Mike Everett Here in Central Illinois there are about a thousand people engaged working on a new approach and strategy for economic development. This initiative covers Peoria, Tazewell, Mason, Logan, and Woodford Counties and could expand to include others.…

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FFCI Produces local commercial

WMBD 1470 A local commercial is being produced Saturday, and you could be in it. Karen McDonald with Focus Forward C-I says the video will be put together from 1 until 3 in the lobby of Peoria Next Innovation Center.…

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Tazewell Economic Development group meets

GateHouse News Service By KEN HARRIS Posted Jan 08, 2013 PEKIN — Looking to keep a pulse on the massive effort to improve the region's economic development model, or to at least try to make heads or tails of the…

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Peoria area economy moving forward

By Steve Tarter of the Journal Star Jan 05, 2013 PEORIA — Slow growth may be the experts' expectation for the national economy this year, but central Illinois is looking for more than that in 2013. After all, everywhere you…

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Building an Economy with an Army of Ambassadors

InterBusiness Issues January 2013 By Karen McDonald Inter-county collaboration is the key to economic progress. Affecting change in a region doesn’t take place overnight. And it doesn’t happen with a single individual. But with an army of ambassadors, the pace…

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Focus Forward CI a top news story of 2012

2012: A look back at the year in Peoria-area business By STEVE TARTER of the Journal Star Posted Dec 29, 2012 Economic development upheaval in region A new approach to economic development was championed by many in central Illinois in…

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Word on the Street: Seeking Youth

Word on the Street By Chris Kaergard Journal Star Dec. 16, 2012 Seeking youth The group taking over economic development efforts in the area wants input from the region's young professionals and wants them to learn more about the ongoing…

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Word on the Street: Follow Through

Word on the Street By Chris Kaergard Journal Star Follow-through Last week I wrote about the Generation Y forum the group set to take over local economic development efforts in central Illinois was going to be holding. By all accounts,…

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FFCI Enticing Gen Y To Participate

WMBD 1470 The area's new economic driver is reaching out to 25 to 39 year olds. It's the more the merrier with Focus Forward C-I. The economic model is about people involvement. One demographic is especially being targeted, according to…

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