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Calling all rural communities: it’s time to weigh in


PEORIA (HOI) -- This past October the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council hosted a giant listening session as part of "The Big Table Greater Peoria," looking for public input on how to improve the area.

Now, because the council covers a total of five counties surrounding the River City, they want input from smaller communities, too.

As a result the council is hosting "Rural Matters," a series of 5 meetings. Those are:

-Havana City Center, Dec. 12, 4-7 p.m.
326 W. Market St.

-Metamora Fields, Dec. 19, 4-7 p.m.
801 W. Progress St.

-Delavan High School, Jan. 15, 4-7 p.m.
907 S. Locust St.

-Brimfield American Legion, Jan. 16, 4-7 p.m.
121 W. Knoxville St.

-Lincoln College Performing Arts Center (Lincoln,) Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m.
300 Keokuk St.

These meetings are open to the public, and people from surrounding areas are encouraged to attend.

Topics covered will include town revitalization, small business development, industry, job creation, natural resources, broadband and more.

The goal is to create a development strategy that will work for the Greater Peoria area.

To register for any of these meetings you can go to

Sheridan Swathwood

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