A Note from Our CEO 
Shop Local: Beyond the Mall

The second goal of Greater Peoria's economic development strategy is to "Expand Economic Performance". The goal is filled with strategies you would expect to find: Create new, high quality jobs; increase the number of mid-size firms; and increase the pace of innovation, entrepreneurship and annual business starts. That direction forms the backbone of much of what we do here at GPEDC, including our efforts to develop new businesses, grow the businesses that are already here, and attract new businesses.

I recently got to thinking about another way we can all pitch in to expand economic performance - shop local. Now I'm sure you've heard the important mantra of shopping local for the past few years. And groups like the Stewardship Alliance have great tools like the Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide to help you support our region's food economy.  I certainly encourage you to look at your individual and household spending practices and find ways to keep your dollars in the community rather than sent to Mr. Bezos and his friends at Amazon. 

But shopping locally isn't just about your personal habits. It can also be about how and where your company or organization spends its money. . . Read the full article here.

It's been an outstanding year for GP Works, the Greater Peoria EDC's effort supporting the creation and placement of internships for high school students, as we have surpassed our 2018 year-end goal of 175 placements.

If your company is interested in adopting a new model of talent development and joining the growing cohort of leading employers, we encourage you to reach out to GP Pathways Co-Director Brent Baker to learn how your company can benefit!   Read more here.

Kim Uhlig, our Director of Business Attraction, returned to the  SelectUSA Summit  in Washington, DC this June. Over 1200 international attendees from 66 foreign markets attended. This was our fourth year attending and we were part of the  Intersect Illinois  booth.  Read more.

SBIR grants are a great source of non-dilutive early stage capital for startups, but the application process can be cumbersome.  The University of Illinois'  EDA University Center is hosting a free workshop July 18 at the Peoria Next Innovation Center. Get more details here.

We're halfway through summer, and for college students, it's halfway through internship season! We've averaged 83 attendees so far, from companies such as Caterpillar, CEFCU, Pekin Insurance, OSF Jump Simulation, and AutonomouStuff to name a few. Read more here.

And don't forget to check out our #Internoftheweek series.  

Next mixer: Tonight, July 12 at Maui Jim

Commercial real estate brokers and property owners, learn more about this free service provided by the GPEDC. This valuable resource is a go-to for site selectors.  See the tool and find out how to get your properties/sites listed here .

Th e College and Career Readiness Action Team's  K-5 Career Awareness  pilot  is designed to foster a rich understanding of career opportunities and strengthening connections between school and work. To accomplish this goal, the A-team is looking for speakers from various career fields to share their work and training experiences, ca reer vocabulary, and skills needed to be a successful employee.
Learn more here.
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