1. Published

    In late November, University of Illinois Extension collaborated with Hanson Engineering, City of Pekin, and UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning in conducting a planning study.

    The study looked at the area's needs, assets and opportunities with the focus on better serving residents, visitors and businesses who use the street regularly. The planning process examined issues such as walkability, street beautification, parking needs, traffic calming and safety. The idea is to improve the quality of life on Derby.

  2. Published

    (Peoria, IL) On Monday, April 30 Hanna City and Dunlap hosted University of Illinois Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism community recreation planning class. The exhibition was part of Rural Peoria Coalition of Municipalities and Township (RPCCMT), a public engagement effort to improve the vitality of smaller towns through community-driven projects. RPCCMT has recently obtained its nonprofit status and has identified recreational planning as its first project.

  3. Published
    Healthy Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy provides a focus on improving mental and physical health for the Near North East Bluff Neighborhood in the city of Peoria. The study looked at effects that neighborhood quality,housing quality, housing affordability, social capital and green space have on mental and physical health.
  4. Published

    UIUC School of Architecture planning study, during Spring 2017 was designed to comprehend, summarize, and catalyze the region's growing interest in improving their local food system, specifically within the Peoria's South Side neighborhood, through economic strategies targeted at supporting a healthy community.

  5. Published

    Assessing Downtown Canton report represents a collaborative effort between Canton Main Street, Uni­versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Extension. The assessment was conducted in the sum­mer of 2014 to provide technical assis­tance for revitalization efforts in Canton, Illinois. The analysis was utilized to guide downtown economic development initiatives.

  6. Published

    When first-year Master of Urban Planning student Marcia Klopf began her search for a master's capstone project, she was looking for a project which would combine her interests in historic preservation and urban design. Through Kathie Brown, a University of Illinois Extension Educator for Community and Economic Development (serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties), Marcia found the perfect match—The City of Washington.

  7. Published

    In July, City of Peoria was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. The project titled Lots of Fun! was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide.

  8. Published
    Walking and biking to school, once a dominant method of transportation has seen a sharp decline in the past several decades. A new movement called Safe Routes to School (SRTS) aims at increasing safe walking and biking to school, for reasons related to community health, environmental health, and transportation.
  9. Published

    During the annual Discover Manufacturing Expo, over 800 students from 29 area schools are introduced to manufacturing career pathways.

    This is the second year University of Illinois Extension has engaged with the Greater Peoria EDC's Strategic Manufacturing Group in linking area manufacturers with educators through an event designed to inspire and prepare students for manufacturing careers.

  10. Published

    UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Students, City of Peoria representatives, parents and Extension staff conducted a walking audit. The study aligns with current efforts within the city to develop complete streets that allow for additional green infrastructure, greater pedestrian and bicycle use. The study route looked for ways to connect Glen Oak Community Learning Center and Glen Oak Park.

  11. Published

    Join us for the second year of the
    Illinois Green Office Challenge of Greater Peoria

    March 3rd Challenge Kick-Off!

    Learn how participating in the Illinois Green Office Challenge of Greater Peoria can take your business' sustainability efforts to the next level!

    March 3, 2016 | 8:00 a.m.
    University of Illinois Springfield - Peoria Center
    Room 203 Perley Building
    115 SW Adams Street
    Peoria, IL

  12. Published

    During fall semester, students and faculty have worked closely with University of Illinois Extension and City of Peoria's Innovation Team to address combined sewer overflow problems. Peoria's sewers carry both sanitary wastewater and stormwater. When rain or snowmelt overwhelm the system, around 20 to 30 times a year, the combined sewers overflow into the Illinois River.

  13. Published

    Creating a local Historic Commercial district is the focus of a UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning Capstone project. Marcia Klop, Graduate Student in Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UIUC is working with University of Illinois Extension, City of Washington Economic Developer, local businesses and historic preservation specialists from throughout the state in her study.

  14. Published

    Strengthening Local Food Systems

    Although conversations are held nationally, many solutions are sought locally. Large urban centers garner most of the media attention in this sector, but small and mid-size cities play an important role in the United States' local food systems. Local residents, organizations, businesses, and governments all play a role in the food system—even if their parts are not always obvious!

  15. Published

    Local Food Resource Guide

    The food we eat has profound impacts on public health, environmental quality, economic development, and land use. Increasingly, activists, analysts, public health practitioners, farmers, consumer advocates, and policy makers agree that finding new solutions includes increasing access to local foods.

  16. Published

    Prepared by Nancy Smebak, University of Illinois Extension Research Assistant, April 2015

    This project documents and describes the food system in Peoria County and the surrounding region through participatory and analytic mapping and key informant interviews and videos. Case studies and academic research provide suggestions for improving profitability, equity, civic engagement, and health in the local food system.

  17. Published

    Regional Economic Development in Fulton County

    2015 Public Engagement Symposium | March 10

    Sponsored by Office of Public Engagement and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

    Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, a non-profit organization in Fulton County, has collaborated with University of Illinois Extension and Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to promote economic development in the county.

  18. Published

    August, 2014 North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, Iowa State Extension.

  19. Published
    UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois Extension and CityLink presented at IL American Planning Association Annual Meeting in Evanston last week.
    As part of a Capstone study process, UIUC Department of Urban and Regional Planning partnered with University of Illinois Extension to engage in a study as part of a process for examining CityLink bus routes, which have not been significantly modified in decades. Through this process CityLink also wanted to better address coordinated efforts between transit, land use planning and urban design.
  20. Published
    Transit Planning & TOD Urban Design in Peoria
    Drew Awsumb,Department of Urban & Regional Planning; Bumsoo Lee (DURP) and Kathie Brown, UI-Extension
    The greater Peoria metropolitan region has experienced meaningful expansion in recent decades and additional growth is forecasted for the region.  There has been redevelopment and reinvestment in the City of Peoria, particularly downtown and in the emerging Warehouse District.