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A brief global history of our Region . . .

Greater Peoria has a long and storied history  with deep, international roots. Trough the decades, our region has shown how its resiliency and ability to adapt, innovate, and grow. This history has made Greater Peoria into a region with interwoven global connections and international appeal


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Sister Cities

Friedrichshafen, Germany
Benxi, China
Clonmel, Ireland
Aitou, Lebanon

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Greater Peoria was first explored by the French and you will find a French influence in the naming of several towns and landmarks in the region, including  the Village of Creve Coeur, site of the first European settlement in Illinois, and the Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria.

The region’s strongest French investment comes from TRIGO-SCSI, which provides containment, logistics, and quality services to the most successful OEMs and suppliers. TRIGO-SCSI is also part of the Greater Peoria Manufacturing Network, a nimble eco-system of companies that rapidly scales with all of your manufacturing needs.

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Sweden recently invested in the Greater Peoria’s smart mobility cluster in the form of the acquisition of AutonomousStuff by Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions based in Stockholm.

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Nestlé, the renowned Swiss, multinational food processor,  operates a world-leading pumpkin producer in Morton called Libby’s Pumpkin.  Libby’s was founded in 1868 and now produces 80% of the canned pumpkin in the US. Morton is the self proclaimed “pumpkin capital of the world“.

Swiss-based Lonza’s chemical plant in Mapleton, IL, recently began production of ingredients to be used in COVID-19 disinfectants. Learn more.

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Alongside Caterpillar, Komatsu is a global heavy machinery leader with strong ties to the Greater Peoria region. Representatives from Greater Peoria recently attended the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, working to strengthen business relations.

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Greater Peoria is home to several successful industry-leading Indian owned and operated businesses, big and small. Our region has also seen a tremendous growth in Indian population, nearly doubling since 2010. This population has helped create a connected community of members through efforts such as the Asian Indian Community Collaboration of Peoria, which connects volunteers with public service opportunities.

The annual Passage to India, a cultural charity event benefitting Easterseals Central Illinois, has become a cherished gem in our region.

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Director of Business Attraction
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

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