Focus Forward Central IL Celebrates Launch of Regional Economic Development Strategy

Focus Forward Central Illinois (FFCI), the regional economic development organization for Central Illinois, celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 30, 2013 in Peoria with the launch of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS created public-private partnerships between regional businesses and five counties in Central Illinois and established 5-year S.M.A.R.T. goals that included:

  • Create 13,190 new jobs across the region
  • Improve the pay rate of more than 19,000 existing jobs by $5,000/year
  • Increase the attainment of bachelor and graduate degrees by 2,300 from the 2012 estimate of 68,719
  • Increase the 25-to-44-year-old age bracket from 25 percent of total population to 30 percent by 2017
  • Increase overall population to 386,475 by 2017, up from the 2010 estimate of 375,218