Leaders in McLean County met to brainstorm ways to improve the economy

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — Leaders in McLean County are trying to figure out how to work together to improve the Twin Cities economy.    

Every once in a while, the McLean County Board, Bloomington & Normal Councils will host a combined meeting, giving twin cities organizations the chance to explain what they have going on.

On Monday, the meeting featured the Economic Development Council, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce explaining what leaders need to do to improve the economy.

“It’s great to have everybody here,” said BNEDC CEO Patrick Hoban. “It’s a wonderful audience. It’s an opportunity for all 3 of our entities to tell our story, and how we work together to benefit all three of the government agencies.”

Hoban says its great to see new businesses coming to town, but its important the businesses that are already here continue to thrive.

“We are all about investment,” said Hoban. “We are all about growth and expansion for our local businesses, but also new ones.”

The Convention & Visitors Bureau let the governing bodies know for every $1 invested to their programs this past year $11 dollars were brought into the county. 

“In addition to telling them how we can work together, we wanted to share with them tourism and what that does for the community,” said Crystal Howard, President & CEO of the CVB. 

The Chamber of Commerce highlighted a fairly new program called Compact that is helping businesses get qualified employees.

“Compact is basically looking at secondary and post-secondary education and seeing how we are working together to build a talent pipeline for McLean County employers,” said Charlie Moore, President & CEO, McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

This was just an informative meeting, nothing was voted on. However, the councils and county board say it’s important to continue this partnership moving forward.

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