Innovative Peorians gather to network and discuss future of the city

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Peoria was recently named one of the most innovative cities in the country. The discussion of innovation continued Thursday night.

The room at the Caterpillar Visitors Center was full of teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs all with a desire make Peoria a better place. The goal Thursday was to share options to progress Peoria. This was the second year of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference.

State Senator Chuck Weaver  leads the effort through the “1,000 Pounds Project”. Weaver is challenging five groups to take on the greatest needs facing the Peoria area. He says he wanted to create a space for individuals with creative and innovative ideas.

One of the groups leading the charge is working to raise funding for LED lighting across the Murray Baker Bridge. The team, led by Ashley Schreck says the goal is to beautify the bridge in an effort to create a more vibrant downtown Peoria. Weaver says goals like this are what will move the community forward. 

“Caterpillar has a tremendous presence here, there is so much knowledge between Caterpillar, OSF, Bradley University, Ag’ Lab, Methodist there’s a great amount of talent in this community,” said Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). “To be great all of us have to be creating and adapting to our environment.”

To learn more about the “Light it Up” effort click here

The 1,000 Pounds Project information is available at this link

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