Peoria Innovation Alliance, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Enjoy Peoria), and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce a Greater Peoria Homecoming Event aimed at showcasing the region's growth, new developments, and quality of life improvements for visiting family members and out-of-town friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday.
What: Greater Peoria Homecoming
When: Friday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Peoria Made, 315 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Inspired by IndyXmas, a successful talent recruitment event held in Indianapolis in 2014, GP Homecoming will feature local startups and community organizations that are contributing to the overall growth and improvement of Greater Peoria's economy and quality of life. Additionally, various local food and drink establishments will be serving samples to showcase the growing cultural scene in the region.
"The concept of the GP Homecoming event has been in the works for several years. To see our various organizations collaborating so closely to make this event a reality is a testament to a renewed sense of optimism and commitment to progress across the region" says Jake Hamann, Executive Director of the Peoria Innovation Alliance.
"A Greater Peoria homecoming event such as this is an excellent opportunity for local organizations and entrepreneurs to come together and showcase to our visiting family and friends why central Illinois is an ideal location to live, work, and play," stated J.D. Dalfonso, President of the Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This event will not only allow us to express our pride for the Peoria area, but also highlight the accomplishments we have earned here at home, which, in turn, will play a friendly reminder to our guests that incredible quality of life is available here in the Greater Peoria region."
Targeted at the 25-44 year old demographic, the event aims to attract local alumni and past residents that might be considering relocation due to an approaching significant life event.
Brent Baker, Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council says "GP Homecoming provides an opportunity for us to reconnect with folks who are back in town over the holiday to share why Greater Peoria is the best place to start a family, start your own business, or invest your talent.
Our region punches above its weight class when it comes to the quality of life and innovation, we want folks to see what they're missing," states Audrey Kamm, YPGP/Peoria Area Chamber.
Tickets for the event will be available through local ticket provider, 309Tix.com and additional information is available at www.gphomecoming.com.
Brent Baker, Greater Peoria EDC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Hamann, Peoria Innovation Alliance, email@example.com
J.D. Dalfonso, Peoria Area CVB, firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Kamm, Peoria Area Chamber, AKamm@peoriachamber.org