To be successful in dealing with today’s economy, businesses must continually reinvent themselves and look at new ways of doing things. This is how successful businesses not only survive, but thrive.
Yet, when it comes to how communities do business, we are still working with structures created 100 years ago.
While communities, counties and townships can still maintain their identities and develop the qualities that make them unique and provide a local flavor for our businesses to grow, prosper and compete in a highly competitive marketplace, we also need to think of the tri-County area as a region and look at ways businesses and government can more efficiently and effectively deliver government services—and assist in helping our region and businesses grow while still maintaining our superb quality of life.
The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce formed a government taskforce comprised of business and government leaders. With the financial assistance of community businesses, the Chamber has retained the Center of Governmental Studies from Northern Illinois University to assist in studying our region, and in identifying best practices from other areas of the United States which resulted in successful regional partnership, cooperation, planning and cost sharing initiatives which may be adopted to our region.
As an initial part of this study, these consultants are meeting with four groups of businesses to determine the answers to some key questions.
We could use the help of the business community in answering the following questions:
- What is the current business climate and how can it be improved?
- What competitive advantages does the tri-County area offer to business and industry seeking to relocate or expand?
- What are the barriers to successfully marketing the tri-County area as a place for business and industry seeking to relocate or expand?
- What can your business/association/community do to help reduce these barriers?
- What is the quality and efficiency of service delivery?
- What are your perceptions of government service delivery in the tri-County area?
- What suggestions do you have for improving/streamlining service delivery?
- In what areas is regional cooperation needed?
- What do you consider to be the most pressing regional issue affecting the tri-County area?
- Which issues affect your ability to grow your business?
- What could business or government do to assist in resolving these issues?
- What ideas do you have for greater regional cooperation?