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Rain barrels for sale through Tazewell County Health Department

May 29, 2013

Rain barrels are now available for purchase through the Tazewell County Health Department. Please click here to download the flyer for more information about this program and the benefits of using a rain barrel. Orders are due by June 14 and rain barrels can be picked up on June 22.

For more information please contact Emily Sjostrom of the Tazewell County Health Department at 309-925-5511 ext. 257.

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Focus Forward CI presenting broadband awareness sessions May 21-23

May 17, 2013

An important component of Focus Forward CI is maximizing the use of broadband for economic development. As part of this effort, 13 broadband awareness sessions will be presented throughout the region next week.

How to Leverage Broadband and the Internet to Benefit Your Business, Your Career, and Yourself will be presented May 21-23 throughout Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Mason Counties. This session will provide valuable information for business owners, entrepreneurs, employees, and anyone interested in how they can make better use of high-speed Internet to be more productive and effective.

Please download this flyer for more information about the sessions, to view the locations, dates and times of each session, and to RSVP for a session.

For more information about the broadband awareness sessions, please contact Nick Hayward of TCRPC at 673-9330 or nhayward@tricountyrpc.org.

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Request for Proposals: Attorney at Law to Provide TCRPC with Legal Support

Apr 19, 2013

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission hereby announces the release of a Request for Statement of Qualification/Proposals on April 23, 2013.   The proposal seeks Attorneys at Law to provide on-going legal services and support for this agency.  Proposals are due May 1, 2013, at close of business 4:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please write  to Linda Abts, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, 211 Fulton Street, Suite 207, Peoria IL 61602, or call 309-673-9330.  

Request for Proposals packet


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Eastern Bypass Study Gets Boost from Illinois

Apr 18, 2013
Press Release
Contact: Terry Kohlbuss, Executive Director TCRPC at 673-9796 or tkohlbuss@tricountyrpc.org

PEORIA (April 18, 2013) – The Eastern Bypass Study this week got a green light with a boost of programming dollars from the state of Illinois.

Announced as part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s $12.6 billion, six-year infrastructure program was $2.5 million for continued engineering work and corridor studies of the Eastern Bypass.

“This funding announcement ensures the Bypass continues to breathe life at a time when we understand most funding is being allocated to important maintenance projects,” said Eastern Bypass Coalition Board of Directors President Mike Hinrichsen.

“We’re grateful the state sees the value in investing in such an important project for our future sustainability and competitiveness. We are exceptionally thankful to Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, IDOT Region 3 Deputy Director Joseph Crowe, as well as area legislators and policy makers with whom we have worked hard the past year and a half to get our message across.”

The proposed Eastern Bypass would be a new highway connecting Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6, east and north of Peoria. The project is in Phase One (Corridor Selection) with a final corridor expected to be selected yet in 2013. Needed for the next phase (Alignment) is an estimated $10 million.

The Eastern Bypass Board of Directors, which meets regularly, plans to continue to seek additional funding for the project to ensure it proceeds at full throttle. Phase 2 includes final design and land acquisition while Phase 3 is construction, operation and maintenance.

The more than 75 governmental bodies, lawmakers, businesses, organizations and local leaders who have officially logged support with IDOT in the past two years argue the project would strengthen the region’s economic development and growth opportunities. There is a need for better surface transportation connections between manufacturing and distribution facilities spread across the region and better access for commuters in Woodford and Tazewell counties.


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Request for Proposals: Art and Culture Planning in the Southside

Mar 20, 2013

ArtsPartners for Central Illinois, Inc. and the City of Peoria have partnered with Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to secure National Endowment for the Arts funding to contract with artists to conduct art and culture planning for the City of Peoria's Southside neighborhoods.  These agencies are currently seeking proposals from artists to develop a concept plan for incorporating the arts in these neighborhoods.  

Please see the Request for Proposals below:

Request for Proposals- Art and Culture Planning for Peoria's Southside Neighborhoods

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Fair Housing Survey now available

Mar 4, 2013

As part of the Brilliant.Bright.Community sustainability planning process, TCRPC is facilitating a regional fair housing plan. A survey is now available to obtain input from Tri-County residents on what fair housing issues need to be addressed. All residents are invited to complete the survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any questions about this survey and the fair housing work, please contact Nick Hayward at 673-9330 or nhayward@tricountyrpc.org.

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Office Manager Position Open

Jan 29, 2013

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has an opening for an Office Manager.  TCRPC serves Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties. 35 hours weekly-8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with some night meetings.  

For more information, visit our Employment Opportunities page. 

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TCRPC Welcomes a New Planner I

Jan 8, 2013

TCRPC has hired Kathryn Shackelford from Newburgh, IN to fill the Planner I position.  Kathryn recently received her Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where she gained vital experience working for Blacksburg Transit, Metropolitan Institute, and Community Design Assistance Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Architecture with Honors from Ball State University in Muncie, IN . Throughout her studies, Kathryn has focused her attentions on community revitalization, urban design, environmental stewardship, and economic development. Tri-County is proud to welcome her to our team!

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Request for Qualifications- Health Care Consulting

Jan 8, 2013

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is requesting a Statement of Qualifications from qualified firms to work with the TCRPC’s Personnel Committee to provide Health Care Consulting Services for the TCRPC’s employees.  The TCRPC’s current health care plan is provided through the State of Illinois Local Government Health Plan and provides health, dental, prescription drug benefits and vision insurance.  The total number of lives covered by the plan currently numbers 27.

Respondents are urged to forward concise submittals appropriate to the scale of the plan and include only items that are relevant to this specific RFQ. 

Interested firms should submit one (1) hard copy and one (1) electronic copy of its RFQ to:

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
211 Fulton Street
Suite 207
Peoria Illinois 61602
Attn:  Linda Abts

Submittals must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.  Hand delivered submittals or submittals sent by a delivery service should be delivered to the address listed above.

Firms having questions concerning this Statement of Qualifications should contact Linda Abts at 309-673-9330 or labts@tricountyrpc.org.

Download the RFQ:

Request for Qualifications Questionnaire

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TCRPC welcomes a new Planner II

Dec 21, 2012

TCRPC has hired David Smesrud from Davenport, Iowa to fill the Planner II position.  David holds a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.  He worked for the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) in Waterloo, Iowa for almost five years.  While there, David worked on comprehensive land use plans, hazard mitigation plans, environmental studies, grant writing and administration and provided technical planning assistance to the region's members.  Tri-County is proud to welcome him to our team!

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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