Government Affairs Updates
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Wins
Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award
Presented at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE)
Annual Celebration & Awards Dinner Thursday, November 3, 2016, this award honors an outstanding Illinois Chamber of Commerce and its leadership team.
"Under the leadership of President & CEO Jeff Griffin the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has thrived, showing that commitment to membership, and strong leadership can grow an organization and positively impact its community,” said Desirée Bennyhoff, 2016 IACCE Chair and President & CEO of the Edwardsville|Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce. “Through a collaborative approach, the organization has implemented notable programs, established new partnerships and developed best practices that can be replicated around the state.”
The Chairman of the Chamber’s Board Animesh Arora stated, “We are all very proud of what the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce has been able to achieve under Jeff’s leadership in the last three years and the value we have been able to provide to our members and the greater Peoria community at large. The Chamber has taken a lead role in creating a collaborative culture across the different organizations serving the Peoria community and we can all see the results of that. Team work always works!” Chamber President Jeff Griffin added, “This award affirms the great work of our team, volunteers and Board. We are especially honored since it is recognition from peer Chambers. I am very proud of my team.”
The IACCE Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award recognizes organization excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique benchmarking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership, governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.
For more information about the award and IACCE contact Lisa Weitzel at 217-585-2995 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce contact Sherneka Cagle at 309-495-5970 or email@example.com.
About the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of area businesses, delivering value to its members by cultivating a thriving business community, presenting the united voice of local business to government, offering continuously upgraded products and services for business enhancement and providing strategic business advisory services. Through the Chamber’s strategic plan, it is focused on being the leading voice for business in the region through political advocacy; inclusive and diverse in the approach to our work; an advocate to improve quality of place in the region; and a source for a strong leadership development.
Applying the highest standards, IACCE supports the development of chamber professionals by creating opportunities for growth and recognition.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announcement
Peoria, IL – The United States Chamber of Commerce (US Chamber) announced Tuesday and Wednesday that it has endorsed Congressman Darin LaHood for reelection to represent the people of the Illinois 18th District. In two stops, one in Quincy on October 12, 2016 at GameMasters sporting goods and the other on October 13, 2016 at The Spotted Cow creamery in Peoria, members of the business community joined to show their support.
Canada Day in Peoria
Canada's Consulate General, Dr. Roy Norton, visited Peoria on February 17, 2016 at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.
Canada and the United States share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade relationship, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in both countries. Canada is Illinois’ #1 customer, buying more goods from the state than its next six largest foreign markets combined. 344,300 jobs in Illinois depend on Canada-U.S. trade and investment. Dr. Norton currently represents Canada in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana. He served previously as Consul General in Detroit and at Canada’s Embassy in Washington D.C. responsible for Canada’s relations with Congress.
It was a wonderful event! If you would like more information please visit their website http://can-am.gc.ca/chicago/index.aspx?lang=eng.
Peoria City Council Votes to Approve the River Trail Apartment Proposal
We are please to announce City Council has voted in favor of the River Trail Apartment proposal on Tuesday September 22, 2015. This mean the development will be able to move forward to the next stages. This development was proposed to consist of 4 aparment buildings with a total of 143 units. The developer has also made the committment to enhance the park space for it's residents.
Please see below the letter to the editor from Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President, Jeff Griffin, stating the Chamber's support for the development:
As President of The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, I am proud to report our Board of Directors has unanimously voted to support the River Trail Drive Apartment Development. We explored this development in great detail, surveyed our membership and invited both sides of the issue to assert their opinions. Very simply, this type of responsible development is consistent with the Chamber’s ongoing effort to support downtown expansion.
The CAT World Headquarters and Visitor Center, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Warehouse District, Dozer Park and all efforts to bring events to Downtown Peoria have been a Chamber of Commerce priority for many years. It makes great sense that we would support the effort to attract more professionals living downtown. We need increased foot traffic downtown and this project will help make that happen.
This project has all of the eye-catching opportunities any downtown in America would want. We are attracting private investment of $18 million which translates into JOBS! In fact, approximately 30% of the dollars invested translate directly into wages and benefits. We are increasing recreational opportunities, populating our downtown and letting the World know we are open for business. This project, while very significant, is just the beginning of a great decade long ride we are about to begin.
I ask you, to join us, to support our Mayor and City Council Members as they support this project.
Jeff Griffin, President
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Peoria County Recorder of Deeds Update
On July 10, 2015, the Recorder of Deeds office will stop recording documents at 11:00 AM to implement new software and install equipment. Customers will still have access to the office and the ability to search.
The new Recorder of Deeds on-line search system will go live on July 13, 2015. Please review the below documents to gain further information about this update and other news from the Recorder of Deeds.
Illinois Infrastructure Listening Tour
“The Illinois Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Illinois Capital Development Board, announced they would be starting a series of listening sessions over the next month.”
The Illinois Transportation Secretary Randall Blankenhorn and IDOT came to Peoria, IL on May 4, 2015 to open a discussion regarding local and state infrastructure needs. A local panel of businesses and legislatures addressed needs and concerns for our region. This was followed by a Q & A with the Secretary and the attendees so they could voice infrastructure issues they felt were important.
Visit from Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Great turn out welcoming Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs on April 29, 2015. Treasurer Frerichs reviewed his first 100 days in office and discussed areas for partnership such as Illinois’ first in the nation Secure Choice Savings Act and Illinois’ 529 College Savings plans.