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STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Ardis says the future of Peoria is bright

PEORIA – A successful year for Central Illinois businesses, organizations, and non-profits.

That’s what Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis touted at his annual State of the City Address on Thursday.

Mayor Ardis also spoke about the issues facing the city.  From pension reform, to consumer hesitation when it comes to shopping local.  He also highlighted Peoria’s change of direction two years after Caterpillar’s announcement to move its headquarters out of the River City.

“Although manufacturing has been the employment foundation in our community for decades, we’ve been blessed to have a robust and flourishing healthcare sector taking the lead as the major employer,” said Mayor Ardis.

Healthcare projects that are planned, underway, or finished represent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in investments.

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