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Many Voices. One Vision.

Five counties. Five conversations. One region working together.

The Big Table is a series of events to inspire 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.

During the Big Table: Rural Matters events, join together with your neighbors to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges facing rural and small town communities in the Greater Peoria region.  Each meeting is open to the public as a place to openly discuss issues—such as town revitalization, small business development, industry, jobs, housing, and broadband—and propose projects and programs that support community and economic development in your area.  With your input and guidance, we can create a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that works for everyone.


Havana City Center  |  326 W. Market St.
December 12, 4-7 p.m.

Metamora Fields | 801 W Progress St.
December 19, 4-7 p.m.

Delavan High School   |  907 S Locust St.
January 15, 4-7 p.m.

American Legion  |  121 W Knoxville St.
January 16, 4-7 p.m.

Lincoln College Performing Arts Center
300 Keokuk St.
January 30, 4-7 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – Open House begins (continues throughout)
4:15 p.m. – Opening presentation – What are we here to do?
4:30 p.m. – Breakout session 1
5:15 p.m. – Refreshments break and rotate groups
5:30 p.m. – Breakout session 2
6:15 p.m. – Regroup, sharing, and goal setting
7:00 p.m. – Adjourn


1. Stay for the entire event and engage in multiple conversations and the goal-setting session.
2. Stop by anytime for the Open House to easily provide input on idea boards and maps.
3. Mix it up, arrive late, leave early—just make sure you have a voice at the Big Table!

Feel free to reach out to the event coordinator with any questions:

Tory Dahlhoff
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council


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