A Publication of WTVP

School will soon be out. The lunch vendors have returned downtown to the courthouse square. The region's many beautiful golf courses are filled with life once again. Baby animals are arriving at the zoo and Wildlife Prairie State Park. The Illinois River flyway is alive with American white pelicans, mallard ducks, Canadian geese, hummingbirds, and thousands of other migratory birds headed north for the summer. Spring has definitely returned to central Illinois.

Aside from the usual changes that accompany the start of the spring season, the recent months have also been filled with other signs of renewed life and invigoration.

Integrate these projects with the progression of Vision 2020 initiatives, the restoration of Peoria Lakes, PACVB and Workforce Development programs, and the many other projects underway in central Illinois right now, and you have a lot of activity driving growth and change in the greater Peoria region.

As the EDC wraps up its annual strategic planning process, it's clear the initiatives underway right now can't be successful in a vacuum. Just as our programs and services effect and enhance the quality of life for businesses and families throughout the tri-county area, it's also true that they require broad support from the entire region.

What better way to take stock of all the momentum driving growth and prosperity in the Illinois Heartland than through the Heartland Partnership Annual Meeting. If you thought you "Had No Idea" last year, wait until you see what we have in store for you this year. Join the Heartland Partnership family of companies, including the Economic Development Council and the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, at The Heartland Partnership Annual Meeting, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 20, at the Peoria Civic Center. IBI