As program manager for the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois, Jessica Moroz is the lead on the company’s research projects and studies. She manages a wide range of programs and uses her diverse skill sets to cover every area from marketing and research to accounting and economics. As the lead researcher for the Heartland Partnership family of companies, Moroz compiles and analyzes data pertaining to the economic climate of the region and how it relates to the growth of current businesses, as well as the attraction of new businesses and talent to the region. She works with large and small businesses on expansion and relocation plans identifying central Illinois’ characteristics that align with business needs.
Moroz is committed to the growth of rural communities in the region, serving on the Central Illinois Rural Coalition on Development’s executive committee. She represents the EDC on several task forces in the community, is a member of its Healthcare Services Strategy Group, and works with the Heartland Community Development Corporation and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy group. Moroz also created an internship program for the EDC and is dedicated to the growth and future success of the interns she manages.
Knowing the importance of furthering one’s education both personally and professionally, Moroz has been involved in several local leadership academies offered by the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria. A participant in the 2008 International Young Professionals Summit in 2008, Moroz was invited to be a panelist for the 2009 NEXT Leaders Summit.
Involved with the Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria for four years, Moroz has served on committees and in many leadership roles within the organization. She is a volunteer with Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and Junior Achievement, serving as a classroom consultant with the JA Titans program at her alma mater, Peoria Notre Dame High School. She also takes part in and volunteers for many other community activities and fundraisers throughout the region.
A native of Peoria, Moroz continues to give her all to enhance the region for those who live and work within it. She believes the assets of our community need to be touted so others will realize what a gem we have in the Peoria area. iBi