"Peoria's Survey Ranking Falls", "City is #125 on list of most desirable metro areas to live", so said the JS quoting "Cities Ranked and Rated" who based their facts on a survey of 400 cities ranked by 10 categories, including our economy, crime rate, quality of education and cost of living. Frowned on was Peoria's lack of air service and entertainment.
The survey said that downtown Peoria was clean, quiet and unremarkable. Hmmm.
How did "Cities Ranked and Rated" rank us in 2008 and 2009?
Today's JS and the Heartland Partnership lauded Peoria as being ranked #5 as the "Best Place to Launch a Business", per a 2009 survey by CNN/Money that breaks down the best areas to live into four categories. Peoria was also 15th in the nation of any size and the only city ranked in Illinois.
Perhaps note was taken of all the empty buildings in Peoria in which to launch a business. Let's hope the Heartland Partnership is getting these buildings filled up. I note Jeff Green is expanding his automotive business into the old Menard building but I do not know whether his old location will become vacant. I'm still waiting for FireFly and the ballpark to take off.
Where were we ranked last year by CNN/Money? Also, the JS footnote gave http://tinyurl.com/yhstmv8 as a location to learn more about this survey. However, my computer 3 times took me to a PC Repair site when I clicked on this reference. Anyone able to find it? If so, please email me or put a correction in my comment site.
I and many others look forward to more businesses and permanent residents to come in and reduce the property tax load on the current residents. Or will they all receive tax abatement's and other incentives for locating here? Since this is a great place to start a new business, why do all of them need to be subsidized? I'm all for new businesses in Peoria but I hope they are all financed by "angels" or venture capital. Better yet, use their own money. And speaking of angels when are these angels coming forth with PRIVATE money to build and endow the new museum? The monied private sector is still waiting for stimulus money (taxpayer dollars) as I have reason to suspect.