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Many Voices. One Vision.


The Big Table promotes regional community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect communities. Through open, thoughtful conversations that focus on how we can strengthen our region, we will spark new relationships and new ways for working together by deepening our understanding of each other and what our region needs.


  • Promote Positivity & Community Input
  • Regional Vision for the Future
  • Regional Data for Everyone


Workforce Development
  Regional Workforce Development Alliance
  • WORKING GOAL: Create the regional workforce required to stabilize and grow our economy by systemically connecting employers, educators, community based organizations with high school graduates, the under-credentialed and multiple barriered adults to ensure 60% of our population has the required credentials to obtain gainful employment.This committee is taking a stakeholder approach and is made up of three subcommittees:
  • Emerging Workforce:  Support regional K – 12 schools in implementation of multiple college and career readiness strategies with an intentional focus on connecting local employers into pathways, promoting financial literacy, and the award of valuable industry credentials. Co-chairs: Brent Baker , Beth Crider
  • Upskilling Committee – Targets underemployed and under credentialed adults with work experience to obtain credentials that address workforce gaps in full-time jobs offering at least 30% above a living wage. Co-chairs: Jamel Wright, Don Shafer
  • Multiple Barriers – The employer driven project will address the holistic need of individuals with multiple barriers for their entry to high quality educational pathways leading to family sustaining careers. Co-chairs: Laraine Bryson, Dr. Rita Ali

Each of these committees are meeting regularly and have established strategies and goals.
Please contact co-chairs to get involved.

   Illinois Migrant Council
Diversity & Inclusion
   April Member Seminar: Diversity in the Workplace
  •  Presented by the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Join Sunny Olsen with Best Buddies International for an informal discussion about cost effective staffing solutions that involve an untapped employee market of individuals. Learn how to diversify and create more inclusion at your workplace hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This is another great topic related to the original The Big Table Discussions. This event is a free, public event, but registration is required. Get more info.
  • Tuesday April 14, 2020   |   8:30AM-10:00PM
    Peoria Symphony Orchestra   |   101 State Street, Peoria

Questions? Contact Chelsea Bouppha at or 309-495-5923

   Greater Peoria Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
   Peoria Innovation Hub Working Groups
  • The Peoria Innovation Hub needs  a collaborative community effort to help shape its future. Join a working group to stay in the loop and help shape the space’s future. Connect
   1 Million Cups Peoria
  • A monthly event (every 1st Wednesday at the Nest Coworking) that brings together entrepreneurs and the Greater Peoria community over coffee and conversation. Learn more at
   Startup Greater Peoria Facebook
   Start Here Greater Peoria
  • This is a catch-all group if you’re new in town and looking to connect with a diverse group of people across industries in the Greater Peoria region. Connect at
Quality of Life & Place
More coming soon!




The inaugural Big Table Greater Peoria  event took place on October 15, 2019 and attracted over 700 attendees. The survey data and qualitative input collected at the event has been analyzed and compiled into a report.

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Workforce Development & Education

Quality of Life & Place

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Diversity & Inclusion


Regional Data
Regional Data

The Big Table Greater Peoria is supported by:

Black Business Alliance
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