The Latest News from the Morton EDC
April / May 2017
EDC Connect lunch, Friday April 28 from noon - 12:45 at our Morton EDC office (415 W. Jefferson Street).
Casual round-table lunch with informative information about the EDC, projects, resources available and data to support continued growth of Morton and business environment.

EDC Connect, a monthly opportunity for EDC Investors to engage first hand with other Investors, board members and CEO to build awareness and collaboration.

Please join us, RSVP to
Lunch will be provided. 

Online reservation, click here
Welcome Lenora Fisher, Community Development Director
Lenora Fisher is joining our team as Community Development Director for the Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce. She will be focusing on business assistance, website data and marketing, workforce initiatives an d community projects. Lenora's extensive background in public engagement, small business marketing and development, and grant experience will be welcomed to our organizations. 
"I am excited about working with Morton businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents to ensure continued success and economic growth", said Lenora. " As a military kid, I've traveled all over the world and seen a lot of communities.  Morton stands out as a place that has stood the tests of time and has shown great leadership in helping people and businesses thrive.  I look forward to getting to know it better, understanding the strengths of the community and working with those strengths to ensure further success now and into the future."
Morton Chamber Government Affairs hosting Legislative Forums
Monday May 1, 7:30 - 8:30 am
Illinois Senator Brady and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce at Freedom Hall to share legislative updates along with briefings on upcoming bills impacting business, health, education and infrastructure. 

Wednesday May 10, 7:30 - 8:30 am
Congressman LaHood and the US Chamber of Commerce at Freedom Hall to share legislative updates along with briefings on upcoming bills impacting business, health, education and infrastructure. 

Join us at these upcoming forums that will include networking, Q&A, coffee and light breakfast. 
Online Registration
Save the Date: Memorial Plaza Dedication
Finishing touches to the Memorial Plaza are in process.
A ceremony to dedicate the Plaza to our community is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 29 at 11:00 am. Immediately following this dedication, the American Legion will have a Veteran's Ceremony. 

Starting A Business Workshop
April 25 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Fondulac Bank, 2nd FL, 201 Clock Tower Dr., 
East Peoria

An informative, free of charge, workshop for individuals wanting to start a small business. Learn about how to get your business name registered, where to obtain a tax ID number, which legal form to choose, business plans, taxes and much much more.  Register Online
Vote for Best of Peoria Festival,  Morton Pumpkin Festival!
The nominations are in... now it's time to  vote for your favorites!  Voting runs through June 1st.

Morton Pumpkin Festival, top Festival category.  Submit your vote today at Best of Peoria.

2017 is the second annual Best of Peoria: a list of the people, places and things that make Greater Peoria the best place to live, work and play... according to you! We know you know why you love where you live. So tell us! Together, let's celebrate what makes our region great.
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
News and Resources  
Our regional Greater Peoria Economic Development Council to share updates and progress.  The GPEDC Annual Meetup, May 10 from 3:00 - 5:00pm. 
Register today at

How to Attract European Investment to Illinois Communities

Leigh Ann Brown, CEO will be joining this informational event hosted by the Greater Peoria EDC, Ameren Illinois, and Intersect Illinois on May 9 to showcase Illinois and our community to the European American Investment Council.

Greater Peoria EDC is excited to share with our State of Illinois partners, FDI experts and professionals who will discuss best practices and current trends in attracting FDI to your community. We also have invited State of Illinois, Office of Investment and Tourism, Intersect Illinois, Select USA, and representatives from European companies that have already invested in Illinois to speak on these powerful statistics.

Morton Economic Development Council                                                           Leadership Circle 
415 West Jefferson Street village of morton
Morton, IL  61550