Economic Development Advisory Commitee

Economic Development Advisory Committee 

Mission
The mission of Pekin’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) is to advise Pekin’s City government on economic issues that will sustain, enhance and diversify the community’s economy while maintaining a focus on the City’s conceptual plan.  The EDAC will recommend to the City programs to help stimulate business activity, retain existing businesses, facilitate expansion of existing businesses, and encourage new businesses to locate within the City. 


EDAC Membership
EDAC shall consist of up to 11 members who are residents, or who reside within a mile and a half of the city boundary, or who work or own businesses in Pekin.  The EDAC will select a chairperson from among its voting members at the first meeting.  The chair person will serve for one year. Persons interested in serving shall complete an application form.  Committee members will be appointed by the Mayor, with the concurrence of the City Council. City staff, including but not limited to the City Manager, will serve the Committee as resources. 

EDAC members will serve three year staggered terms. Appointments shall expire on the first Monday in May.  


Goals
EDAC will focus on the overall economic future of Pekin.  In the near term, the EDAC goals include the following:

  1. Understand the City’s conceptual and comprehensive plan and the priorities assigned by Council to economic development activities
  2. Become familiar with existing economic development strategies and current efforts to support these strategies
  3. Support and strengthen existing businesses, including analysis of barriers to success for the business community
  4. Evaluate existing business retention efforts
  5. Define possible economic development issues
  6. Evaluate new businesses recruitment efforts

 In the longer term, the EDAC will advise and assist the City by

  1.  Evaluating the City’s economic development strategies (what has been accomplished, etc.) and making recommendations for further successes as well as providing input on new concepts (getting more citizen and business citizen and business involvement; diversification, etc.)
  2. Monitoring and analyzing the overall economic trends and health of Pekin and the metropolitan area (including revenues evaluation of other communities, changing demographics of citizens and how it affects housing, employment, service levels, community character, etc.; plus analysis of national and international trends, competitors, etc.)
  3. Participating in other area economic organizations such as the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, etc.
  4. Participating in planning other City owned (or Public/Private partnerships) developments such as Riverway Business Park.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

TERMS END FIRST MONDAY IN MAY 2019

GREGG RATLIFF
DON OLDHAM
DANIELLE OWENS
BILL FLEMING
STEVEN MARTIN
DREW LEMAN
ANDY SPARKS
MACK CAKORA

TERM ENDS 1ST MONDAY IN MAY 2020

D. NEAL “BUSTER” HANLEY II
GLAYN WORRELL
BOB J. HALEY                                               
LAURIE BARRA

STAFF RESOURCES

MATT FICK
MAYOR JOHN MCCABE

TONY ROLANDO, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
647-5896 (OFFICE)
647-9325 (FAX)
anthony.rolando@illinois.gov