Note from the CEO

Last spring, the GPEDC opened a Call for Projects for the next round of development projects for the next CEDS funding cycle.  Of the 21 projects submitted for consideration, 10 were chosen for prioritization.  On September 28, we held a funding roundtable.    Read the full note here.


The EDA awarded $2 million to round out the $5 million project.  The GPEDC worked on this funding effort with the City of Peoria and local businesses.   Read it here.

Over 3,500 eighth graders from 44 schools have registered to attend the first GP CareerSpark, a multi-industry, interactive career expo.  We are very excited to partner with Junior Achievement to bring this event to life.  Read more here.


Randon Gettys, Director of Startup GP, visits regularly with regional startups to help build our region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Last month we stopped by TADA to check out their amazing analytics platform.  Read it here.

We are proud to sponsor the 2017 Brave Launch accelerator and pitch competition!  We stopped by one of the accelerator sessions to see the startup teams' progress.   Read the full story here.    

Want to see the pitches in person? Register to attend Pitch Day here.

Since 2011 Ron Hills has been busy connecting the economic development dots in Havana, IL.  Learn more about Ron and the great work he's doing in his Mason County hometown.

Last month Natural Fiber welding used a travel grant we awarded them to bring in some expert technical assistance as they move their product to the next stage.   Read the full story here.    

Regional Events - Mark You Calendars!
Oct 16-26 - GoodJobs Employment Program - Goodwill Commons, Peoria, IL
Oct 17 - Havana Development Tour - 9-11:30 am - Havana City Center, Havana, IL
Oct 17 - MIX with Aaron Buchko - 11:30 am -1pm - Freedom Hall, Morton, IL
Oct 18 - Starting a Business in Illinois - 3-5pm - Fondulac Bank, East Peoria, IL
Oct 26 -   Stormwater Farm Groundbreaking  - 4:30pm - 1013 SW Reed Ave, Peoria, IL 
Oct 23 & 24 - GP CareerSpark - Peoria Civic Center
Nov 6-17 - GoodJobs Employment Program - Goodwill Commons, Peoria, IL
Nov 7 -   1 Million Cups  - 8-9am - Jump Simulation
Nov 7 -  UofI Extension Teacher Tuesday  - 5-6:30pm - Caterpillar Visitors Center
Nov 7 -  Open Coworking  -  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at The Nest Coworking
Nov 9 - Brave Launch Pitch Day - 8:30 am - 2pm - Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Mondays - One-Stop Shop Business Assistance - 1:30 p.m. Peoria City Hall