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Winter 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 1

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The Innovators of Peoria NEXT

By Nancy Ridgeway

Peoria NEXT is focused on stepping out of the box and into the future. Creating new jobs isn’t enough for the civic leaders who spearhead Peoria NEXT. They want to foster a new business environment that will put Peoria on the map as a leader in technology innovation and, in so doing, increase the number of highly paid career opportunities in the area. The group’s dream of building an Innovation Center became a reality with the August grand opening of a new $12 million building three blocks east of campus. The Innovation Center provides an environment for support and networking among startup companies and hopefully re-energizes a bleak section of Main Street into a corridor of opportunity. Even before the Innovation Center opened, Peoria NEXT leaders were busy helping professors secure research grants, working with entrepreneurs to create technology-based businesses, and fostering a climate of innovation.

 

The innovators of Peoria NEXT I Bradley’s connection I The NEXT step in stem cell research I Where progress is showcased I Collaborating with Caterpillar