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Mapping our Communities- A Pilot Project in Delavan, IL

Nov 11, 2013

Online mapping has revolutionized the way we interact with geographic data, and its capabilities continue to evolve.  Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has access to a specific web-mapping platform that can be customized to individual communities.  

In order to measure the usefulness of this tool, TCRPC instituted a pilot project for the City of Delavan, Illinois.  The result is an online, interactive map that includes information about zoning, street improvements, landmarks, water mains, parks, and jurisdictional boundaries.  Both city staff and the general public have interacted with the map since its launch.  Feel free to view and explore the map here.  

TCRPC has begun the process of creating a similar map for the Village of Mackinaw.  If you think your community may be interested in this service, please contact Eric Miller at emiller@tricountyrpc.org.  

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Tri-County Staff Presents Recommendation For Public Art in the Warehouse District

Oct 11, 2013

Thursday evening, Tri-County planner, Katy Shackeford, presented recommendations to the Downtown Advisory Commission regarding public art in the Warehouse District.  Shackelford proposed various funding strategies for the City and suggested that ArtsPartners of Central Illinois could be an ideal administrator of public art programs in the district.  

Public art could come in many different forms, but for now, the idea is to place sculptures within several 5-foot-square concrete pads being constructed on Adams and Washington Streets.  The pads fit with city plans for making the Warehouse District pedestrian friendly.  

See the full Journal Star article here.


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You are Here Community Mapping Event Was a Success!

Oct 3, 2013

Over 40 tri-county residents attended a community mapping event hosted by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission last Wednesday.  Attendees were given a comprehensive overview of the region through presentations on historic, current, and future development trends.  Later, participants engaged in an interactive mapping activity where they were able to decide where and how development should occur in the Tri-County region.  Discussions ranged from constructing the Eastern Bypass to re-investing in Peoria's inner-city neighborhoods. 

Information gathered at this event will be transferred to a computer-based land-use modeling tool, which will analyze the various scenarios that community members suggested.  The model will be able to tell us the economic, environmental, and social impacts of our decisions.

Stay tuned for the results of our analysis, and take a look at pictures from the event below!

photo credit:  Jasmin Garcia

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Now Hiring- CEO for Economic Development Council of Central Illinois

Sep 26, 2013

Business and municipal leaders in the Peoria Area (400,000) are conducting a national search for a dynamic leader to guide a revitalized economic development strategy for downstate Illinois’ largest metro.  The CEO of the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois (EDC) is accountable for executing a strategy to increase the tax base, grow head-of-household jobs and wages, and attract public and private investment to a 5-County region.

Principal responsibilities include recruitment, retention and expansion, quality of place development, and nurturing high growth business sectors. The preferred candidate will be a politically savvy leader possessing the highest level of integrity, passion and drive with the proven ability to lead a staff of 10 and manage an annual budget of over $1M through the implementation of an asset based development strategy.

Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013.

To apply for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to Cal MacKay at

For more information, please refer to the Official Recruiting Ad.

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You are Here: Regional Scenario Mapping Workshop

Sep 18, 2013

Come be a part of our region's future!

Where:  HUB Peoria (the former Blain Sumner School), 919 S. Matthew St. Peoria, IL 61605

When:  Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sandwiches and light beverages will be provided. 

Register:  https://youarehere2050.eventbrite.com/****


How do you want to see this region develop in the future?  With proper planning and investigation, we can shape our region into a place we will be proud to call home!  

Come join us for an engaging discussion and interactive mapping workshop that will consider how the region should look going forward. We will consider several scenarios based on what our region looks like today and how the region is expected to grow and develop in the coming decades.  

Once the event is complete, the scenario maps will be analyzed and the results will be incorporated in the Regional Sustainability Plan being prepared through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.  

For more information, contact Katy Shackelford at kshackelford@tricountyrpc.org


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Illinois Energy Now Financial Incentives Program

Sep 16, 2013

An Illinois Energy Now workshop is being held in Bloomington on September 17. 

This a great opportunity to learn more about the Illinois Energy Now program in person.

DCEO's Illinois Energy Now program offers a portfolio of both electric and natural gas efficiency programs to achieve targeted annual energy savings goals.  Local governments, including public K-12 schools, receive financial incentives for installing energy efficient products.  Incentives can range from 15% up to 75% of your energy improvements costs.  Projects may include such items as new lighting, HVAC equipment, motors and drives, gas furnaces, boiler tune-ups, and water heaters.  This program is also retroactive.  Energy efficiency upgrades completed after June 1, 2013 may be eligible for reimbursement.  Illinois Energy Now was created under the Public Utilities Act giving Illinois among the most ambitious energy efficiency standards in the nation.  FREE application assistance is available thru Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

To learn more about Illinois Energy Now, visit http://www.ildceo.net/dceo/ 

For application assistance or to schedule a meeting please contact Kyle Smith at your earliest convenience.

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TCRPC to Orchestrate Comprehensive Planning Services

Aug 27, 2013

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission staff will provide comprehensive planning services to several communities throughout Peoria and Woodford Counties.  These communities include Brimfield, Germantown Hills, Roanoke, El Paso, Princeville, West Peoria, Mapleton, and Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.  

These services are funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through a federally funded, competitive grant program.  The program's aim is to assist communities in recovering from flooding caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008.  

All eight plans will be completed by the spring of 2014.  

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Village of Mackinaw Comprehensive Plan

Aug 7, 2013

The Village of Mackinaw Comprehensive Plan is now available for review.  Please email Kyle Smith at ksmith@tricountyrpc.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.  

Village of Mackinaw Comprehensive Plan

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DRAFT TIP Now Open for Public Review

Jun 22, 2013

The 2014 - 2017 Transportation Improvement Program Draft document is now available for public review.  Please send any questions, comments, or concerns to Kyle Smith, at ksmith@tricountyrpc.org, or 309-673-9796 x223.

DRAFT TIP 2014-2017

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Jun 12, 2013

After 22 years of dedicated service to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission as Office Manager, Linda Abts is retiring. Come and wish her well on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 3 – 5pm at the offices of TCRPC.

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Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802