Meanwhile Back on the Homefront
Enough about me, let’s talk about Peoria a little bit. Because while I’m sunning myself (ha!) down here in Chile, there are several groups working to make Peoria a better place and move it forward so that it’s future is at least as bright as its past, and hopefully brighter. I’ve been slightly involved with some of them, and hope to get more involved when I get back. Every city has their problems, and Peoria’s no exception. It’s easy to complain but harder to do something about it. There are some great things happening in Peoria and these are some of the groups making it happen. I encourage you to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or even better get involved. They’re all friendly, don’t bite and would love to have you help them with their missions. So without further ado:
- Startup Peoria: Website | @startuppeoria | Facebook
From the Twitter profile: Startup Peoria exists to develop, encourage and promote the tech startup community in the Central Illinois Region. They sponsored the first Startup Weekend in Peoria in the Fall, and have another coming up in a few weeks.
- The Whiskey City Collaborative: Website | @thewhiskeycity | Facebook
From the website: Our mission is to create and cultivate ideas, serve as an inspiration, and take action through specific events to create change. We are collaborating to bring together like-minded individuals, businesses, and organizations to reshape a city.
- Bike Peoria: Website | @bikepeoria | Facebook
From the Twitter profile: Bike Peoria is a community organization empowering Peoria to travel by bicycle.
- 1 Million Cups Peoria: Website | @1MillionCupsPIA
From the Twitter profile: @KauffmanLabs weekly educational program. 2 startups/wk, 6 min presentation, 20 min Q&A
- Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation (CILF): Website | @CILF_Peoria
From the Twitter profile: CILF is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic and cultural landmarks that give Central Illinois its unique character.
I know I’m probably missing a bunch, these are ones I’ve been involved with or am following on Twitter. Let me know in the comments or through my contact links shoe else should be on here.