Search for Engineering Design Center- 30K SF Office

Search for Engineering Design Center - 30K SF Office for Lease

An engineering and technical services firm is seeking a facility in Illinois to establish a new engineering design center. The company plans to employ 200+ workers.

Facility requirements:
� 30,000 square feet of office space for lease
� T-1 data communication line
� Controlled Environment for Servers; e.g., IT Center/Computer Control Room
� Electronic controlled security system; that is, an electronic system to control worker and other individuals entry into the company's premises

Location requirement: proposed facilities must be within a 30 minute driving distance of a university with engineering programs in mechanical and electrical engineering. The company will employ graduates of engineering programs as well as utilize current students. The company will also be interested in employing graduates and students of community college engineering programs as well.

Due to the engineering school requirement and other factors your regions and county (DeKalb) have been targeted. (The company is not interested in the Chicago Metro area because they are seeking a low cost location.)

Planned workforce breakdown:
25% mechanical engineers
25% electrical engineers
50% software related

Project timeframe:
� By the end of November identify a site
� December 2009 sign a lease and thereafter begin transforming the space to their specific requirements
� January commence operations in the facility

Please submit via e-mail information on facilities satisfying the above requirements and enrollment and graduate data for mechanical and electrical engineering programs within 30 minutes of the facility to
david.pierson@illinois.gov by November 3, 2009. If information is available on graduates and students with backgrounds in software development for manufacturing applications, that would be helpful as well. Lastly, if there are incentives that may apply for this project, please identify them in the response.

Thank you in advance.


Dave Pierson
Economic Development Representative
IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-1346
Fax: 312-814-5247


Warehouse Brochure Map Updated

Warehouse Brochure Map Updated.


Your update suggestions or corrections will be appreciated.




City Council approved this great redevelopment unanimously 9-0.

This is the 16th building approved for redevelopment or development with the last three years in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts - this during the Great Recession.

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Check out The Urbanophile. A great Web Page / Blog, focused on helping America’s cities find ways to thrive and find sustainable success in the 21st century. The Urbanophile focuses on midwestern cities.


Build the Block Riverfront Solar Project

Build the Block Riverfront Solar Project

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Community Renewable Energy Program

The Sustainable Development Commission is leading an effort to secure a Federal Grant to install solar power to support the Build the Block development. This Public Private Partnership is a collaboration among the City of Peoria, Peoria County, Caterpillar Inc., Build the Block, our regional Economic Development Commission, and our Commission on Sustainability and Green Technology. Build the Block is a complex public private partnership aimed at redeveloping a two square block site in downtown Peoria next to the River and Caterpillar Corporate Headquarters.

Build the Block:

County of Peoria: http://www.co.peoria.il.us/

Lakeview Museum: http://www.lakeview-museum.org/

The City has purchased the two block site. Caterpillar has demolished the buildings and cleared the site. Environmental studies on the site are complete. The citizens of Peoria County have voted for a referendum approving a new special sales tax that will generate $40,000,000 for the development. The Lakeview Museum has conducted an extensive fund raising campaign.

The City will reconstruct three adjoining roads. The underground parking garage will be constructed first. The Museum will be built on the south side of the Block. The Caterpillar Visitor Center will be constructed on the north side of the Block, and is planned to be a LEED Platinum Building. Total investment is estimated at over $140,000,000.

The Museum and entire site will be a premier destination, with public art and green technology extensively employed.This grant is coordinated with a similar grant submitted by Caterpillar. The two grants if awarded will be developed as part of the ongoing public private partnership.

The city proposes sites both on and off the build the block sites. Solar power would be provided to Build the Block and the City owned Visitor Center Building at Main Street and the River. This
small building is the oldest commercial building in the City, is in a very visible location, and with one solar tracker collector can become a “Net Zero” Building, generating more power then it consumes. This will be explained by a display and sign at the Visitor Center, with a meter showing the amount of energy produced.

Congratulations to Doug Oberhelman

Congratulations to Doug Oberhelman - Board Names him Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Elect

PEORIA, IL – The Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) elected Douglas
R. Oberhelman to the offices of Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Elect, effective January 1, 2010. Oberhelman, 56, currently serves as Group President of Caterpillar

That is great news for the effort to make Peoria a leader in Sustainability and Green Technology. Oberhelman is a champion of sustainability.


Sealtest Building Latest Warehouse Redevelopment

Great new redevelopment up for approval by the City Council on October 27, 2009. The development is mixed use, with residential condos, office, and commercial.

This is the forteenth building approved for redevelopment in the three new TIF's over the past two years, despite the "Great Recession". And there is more to come. Stay tuned.

The Sealtest building on Washington and Street is proposed for a redevelopment agreement. The building will be converted to commercial and residential in conformance to the Heart of Peoria Plan, the Warehouse District Redevelpment Plan, and the Form Based Code.


Agenda Date Requested: October 27, 2009


Background: The Redeveloper plans to completely reconstruct the Sealtest Building located at 100 State Street. The structure is a two story 50,000 square foot building. It will be reconstructed into a first class mixed development. Renovations to include but not limited to, a complete reconstruction and bringing the building into compliance with governing codes for accessibility, fire and structural safety. The Redeveloper will also design, bid and construct Oak Street to City specifications/requirements and be reimbursed by the City on completion.

Financial Impact: JP riverfront Development Companies, Inc. is asking for a TIF Redevelopment Agreement with a 50/50 split of the property tax for the life of the TIF. Conservative estimates indicate property tax on the increment would result in a total of $1,255,241 over the life of the TIF with $627,620 going to the City for infrastructure improvements (Exhibit A). The property is located in the Enterprise zone and the company is eligible to receive the sales tax exemption on building materials that is estimated to be $128,000; the City’s portion being $40,000.

NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS: Staff is not aware of any neighborhood concerns.

Impact if Approved: The City will enter into a redevelopment agreement with JP Riverfront Development, Inc. which will provide them with an incentive to redevelop and renovate the property. The redeveloper will receive 50% of the property tax increment over the life of the TIF and the City will capture the remaining 50% of the property tax increment to utilize for infrastructure improvements.

Impact if Denied: The City will not enter into the redevelopment agreement and the City will not capture the property tax for infrastructure improvements.

Alternatives[1]: None

EEO Certification Number: 02942-101231

RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: This project assists in achieving both the vision and goals of the Comprehensive Plan as follows:

Chapter 5 ECONOMICS--VISION: A HEALTHY, THRIVING ECONOMY; and GOAL: A.1. Provide an economic environment that supports existing and new businesses. A1.8. Consider providing public money to encourage private investment.

Required Signatures

Department Director

Craig Hullinger

Finance Director

(Certification of Availability of Funds)

Corporation Counsel

City Manager

TIF Works - Warehouse District up 11%

The graph and chart below show how effectively the two new Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF's) have worked. Despite "The Great Recession of 2007-2009", Equalized Assessed Evaluation (EAV) has grown very rapidly in the TIF's, faster then the City as a whole and faster then School District 150. 150 lags the City because it's boundary misses the rapidly developing north side of the City.

We believe these numbers support the continued use of Tax Increment Financing. We want our older neighborhoods to thrive and improve, and TIF is one of the best ways to help that process.


Planning Association on Twitter

The American Planning Association is now on Twitter. If you are interested in city planning this is a simple way to follow issues.

And of course you can also follow Economic Development in Peoria the same way.

Search for Manufacturing Facility

Search for a Former Plastics Manufacturing Facility, 70k+ SF w/rail

Regional Managers and Account Managers:

A distributor of plastics products is seeking a former plastics manufacturing facility in which they can produce their products. They are currently distributing their products to the retail market across the U.S. Below are the key requirements:

· 70k SF of former plastics manufacturing space expandable to 150k SF
· 24' minimum ceiling height
· Rail service to the building
· Storage silos
· Purchase or lease

The plastics distributor is not interested in retrofitting a facility or build-to-suit offers due to the cost involved. If there is not a former plastics manufacturing facility available in the next 6-8 months that meets their needs, the company will just remain in the distribution business. There is an industrial broker that has been assisting the company in its search over the last five months. Therefore, communities may have heard of this site search project. If the company is able to establish a manufacturing facility, they plan to hire 75 workers. The company is searching in Indiana and Ohio and may look in Nevada as well for this type of facility.

For communities with a former plastics manufacturing facility meeting the above requirements, please submit information on the facility to


There is no deadline for the submittal of information.

Thank you in advance.


Dave Pierson
Economic Development Representative
IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-1346
Fax: 312-814-5247

Scott PettyNorth Central Region
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of Regional Outreach
Peoria Office
100 SW. Water St.
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Office: 309-676-5704 Mobile: 309-264-7553 Fax: 309-676-5704


University of Illinois Campus - Bradley & Downtown Peoria

Interesting images below. They illustrate the University of Illinois Campus overlayed on the Bradley Campus and downtown Peoria. Note that the very large U of I Campus covers Bradley University, downtown peoria, the Riverfront, and the Warehouse District.

Bradley University, Renaissance Park, Downtown Peoria, Warehouse District, Riverfront

University of Illinois Campus

Distance fronm the Bradley University to:

____Main St. & William Kumpf – .8 miles

____Warehouse District via MacArthur – 1.2 miles


Sterile Manufacturing Facility Wanted

We have received the following site search lead:

The Global Life Sciences Practice of Cushman & Wakefield has been retained by a global pharmaceutical company to locate a Sterile Manufacturing Facility for sale.

The specific production steps to be contained in the facility include formulation, de-pyrogenation, filtration, filling, stoppering, capping, terminal sterilization, packaging and labeling. Production outputs will include vials (10 – 500 ml) and plastic and glass syringes. In addition, the facility should include a QC lab(s) and associated office, warehouse and utility areas. The facility needs to be located in North America in the size range of 75,000 – 150,000 square feet and constructed within the past 15 years. Operating facilities will be considered with an appropriate transition period to be determined.

A further definition of any facility infrastructure, facility attributes or equipment was requested and a consultant replied "that we just hope people see we are looking for a nearly ready to go facility, like-kind facility .... hence the reason for the defining of the process." Their client is not considering green fields, build-to-suits or retro-fits. And, the client is not interested in sharing a facility, but, if the current facility user is planning to close down operations, their client is willing to wait for that company to scale down its operations. There is no formal timeline on the site selection process. They are not able to estimate at this time the number of workers that would be employed at a new facility.

For communities with buildings that closely match the specifications, please provide information on the facility via e-mail to

Thank you,

Dave Pierson
Economic Development Representative
IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-1346
Fax: 312-814-5247
E-mail: david.pierson@illinois.gov

One Page Poster Plan

The One Page Poster Plan



DOE Solar Energy

DOE Launches Online Resource to Help Local Governments Expand Use of Solar Energy
October 15, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the availability of a new online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. The online publication, Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, provides local governments with proven best practices enabling them to drive economic development, support clean energy jobs, and reduce carbon emissions by building a robust local solar market.

"The Guide is based on successful projects in cities across the United States, bringing together information, best practices, and step-by-step instructions into a single resource that can help local governments accelerate the adoption of solar technologies," said Solar Energy Technologies Program Manager John Lushetsky. "The recommendations in the Guide have been successfully field tested in cities around the country, making it a valuable resource for any community that wants to reap the environmental and economic benefits of solar energy."

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CNN - Peoria One of the Best Places to Start a Business

CNN and Money Magazine find that Peoria is one of the best places to start a business.

We all knew that already, of course, but it is nice to have the national media tell the world.

If you want to start or expand your business in Peoria, please give us a call.

Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to help us reach this enviable reputation.


New VA Medical Facilities - Kewanee EDC

The Kewanee Economic Development Corporation has come up with an excellent plan to bring health care and jobs to our region. Under their proposal outlined below and on the attachments they point out that the Veterans of our region are underserved for Health Care. They are correct. They propose that a new Veterans hospital be developed to resolve this problem.

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Call Center Facility 35,000 to 50,000 Sq Ft

Attached is a Call Center RFI with the code name of Project Classical. Communities may respond directly to the Colliers Analyst, David Kranjcevic, with facility and community details, but please copy me, david.pierson@illinois.gov as well. There is no questionnaire to complete. The submission deadline is Tuesday, October 20, 2009.


Note the project contact, David Kranjcevic, and Colliers International, also represented the Project Jazz call center project in June. The requirements are similar, but somewhat different. In this case search parameters indicate this client is more open to retrofitting office or retail space. And, again there is a population requirement. This time the RFI states communities/counties/metro areas with a population greater than 100,000 people. Previously the given level population within a 30 mile commute distance of the proposed sites was acceptable as well. Lastly, call center saturation rate was defined as the total number of call center employees in a given community (county or metro) / total labor force for the community.


Thank you,



Dave Pierson

Economic Development Representative

IL Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-814-1346

Fax: 312-814-5247

E-mail: david.pierson@illinois.gov

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Proposed Historic Preservation Tax Credit Act

Federal Historic Tax Credits are a major incentive that helps older cities renew declining neighborhoods. The tax credit makes the preservation and renewal of older buildings much more likely, and is an important factor in revializing older neighborhoods.

A number of States have similar programs. The following draft act is based on the successful acts used in the State of Kansas and Missouri. If Illinois passed a similar act, we anticipate a substantial increase in redevelopment of older neighborhoods.

The passage of an act like this would greatly help the redevelopment of older neighborhoods such as Renaissance Park and the Warehouse District.



Proposed 35 ILCS 12/

Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit Act

Credit Against Tax For Certain Historic Structure Rehabilitation Expenditures.

Sec. 1. Short Title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit Act.

Sec. 2. Definitions, As used in this section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a) "Qualified expenditures" means all the costs and expenses of exterior and interior rehabilitation and construction, including all costs relating to adaptive reuse and parking structures therefor, incurred by a qualified taxpayer in the restoration and preservation of a qualified historic structure pursuant to a qualified rehabilitation plan;

(b) "qualified historic structure" means any building, regardless of whether said building is income producing, is a condominium building or is of any other ownership structure, which is defined as a certified historic structure by section 47 (c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code, is individually listed on the register of Illinois historic places, or is located and contributes to a district listed on the register of Illinois historic places, or is located and contributes to a district listed on the register of Illinois Main Street places, or is located and contributes to a district listed on a local register of historic places within a home rule county or home rule municipality;

(c) "qualified rehabilitation plan" means a project which is approved by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, or by a local historic preservation commission certified by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to so approve according to rules and regulations adopted by the agency, or by a local historic preservation commission of a home rule county or home rule municipality, as being consistent with the standards for rehabilitation and guidelines for rehabilitation of historic buildings as adopted by the federal secretary of interior and in effect on the effective date of this act; and

(d) "qualified taxpayer" means the owner of the qualified historic structure or any other person who may qualify for the federal rehabilitation credit allowed by section 47 of the federal internal revenue code. If the taxpayer is a corporation having an election in effect under subchapter S of the federal internal revenue code, a partnership or a limited liability company, the credit provided by this subsection shall be claimed by the shareholders of such corporation, the partners of such partnership or the members of such limited liability company in the same manner as such shareholders, partners or members account for their proportionate shares of the income or loss of the corporation, partnership or limited liability company, or as the corporation, partnership or limited liability company mutually agree as provided in the bylaws or other executed agreement. Credits granted to a partnership, a limited liability company taxed as a partnership or other multiple owners of property shall be passed through to the partners, members or owners respectively pro rata or pursuant to an executed agreement among the partners, members or owners documenting any alternate distribution method.

Sec. 3. Allowable Credit. For all taxable years commencing after December 31, 2007, there shall be allowed a tax credit against the income or any other tax liability imposed upon a taxpayer pursuant to the 35 ILCS, except any tax liability imposed by 35 ILCS 130/ through 35 ILCS 143/ and 35 ILCS 200/, in an amount equal to 25% of qualified expenditures incurred in the restoration and preservation of a qualified historic structure pursuant to a qualified rehabilitation plan by a qualified taxpayer if the total amount of such expenditures equal $5,000 or more. If the amount of such tax credit exceeds the qualified taxpayer's income or other qualifying tax liability for the year in which the qualified rehabilitation plan was placed in service, such excess amount may be carried over for deduction from such taxpayer's income or other qualifying tax liability in the next succeeding year or years until the total amount of the credit has been deducted from tax liability, except that no such credit shall be carried over for deduction after the 10th taxable year succeeding the taxable year in which the qualified rehabilitation plan was placed in service.

Sec. 4. Transfer of Credits. Any person, hereinafter designated the assignor, may sell, assign, convey or otherwise transfer tax credits allowed and earned pursuant to section 3. The taxpayer acquiring credits, hereinafter designated the assignee, may use the amount of the acquired credits to offset up to 100% of its income or other qualifying tax liability for either the taxable year in which the qualified rehabilitation plan was first placed into service or the taxable year in which such acquisition was made. Unused credit amounts claimed by the assignee may be carried forward for up to 10 years or backward for up to 3 years, except that all such amounts shall be claimed within 10 years following the tax year in which the qualified rehabilitation plan was first placed into service. The assignor shall enter into a written agreement with the assignee establishing the terms and conditions of the agreement and shall perfect such transfer by notifying the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in writing within 90 calendar days following the effective date of the transfer and shall provide any information as may be required by such agency to administer and carry out the provisions of this section. The amount received by the assignor of such tax credit shall be taxable as capital gains income of the assignor, and the excess of the value of such credit over the amount paid by the assignee for such credit shall be taxable as capital gains income of the assignee.

Sec. 5. Annual County Limit. The cumulative amount allowable for such credits shall be limited to a maximum of $25 million per year per county. Notwithstanding the 10-year deduction period for such credits, in the event a credit is disallowed because it exceeds the annual $425 million cumulative limit per county, said credit shall be allowed the next year if within said limit or the claim period for such credit shall be extended by one additional year for each year disallowed as a result of this section. Except in cases of bad faith or fraud, no penalty or interest shall be due as a result of any credit disallowed by this section.

Sec. 6. Biennial Report. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall determine, on a biennial basis beginning at the end of the second fiscal year after the date this Act takes effect, the overall economic impact to the state from the rehabilitation of eligible property.

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Warehouse District

We are updating our Warehouse District Brochure. The map is not yet updated. Your thoughts for improvements are appreciated.




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U of I Architecture


Looking for a 45,000 SF Warehouse

We have a company looking for:
A building with:
150 X 300 (45,000 sf) building
20’ ceiling height
Open layout with no columns
Warehouse or manufacturing type building

Or, A site of 15 acres

Either a building or a site needs to be in close proximity to an interstate.

Please let us know if you know of any buildings or sites that meet the above requirements.

Beth Kolowski
The Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
A company of The Heartland Partnership
100 SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602-1329
309-495-5973 - Office
309-256-9011 - Cell
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Please Join Council Members Turner and Montelongo


Date: October 5, 2009
Released by: Alma Brown, Communications Manager, 494-8554

Please join Council Members Eric Turner and Jim Montelongo on the second and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. for, coffee, danish and conversation. The first opportunity will be on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in Room 110 at City Hall. The next gathering will be held on October 15, 2009.

The City Council Members want to provide citizens with the chance to sit down and discuss topics such as the budget, neighborhood stabilization and public safety. Council Members Turner and Montelongo stated that, “There are numerous issues currently before the City, and we feel it is important to take the time to provide an avenue for citizens to have their concerns addressed.” The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

If you should have questions, please contact Alma Brown at (309) 494-8554.

“Greening” Peoria

“Greening” Peoria

Improve and Enhance our Environment

Revitalize our Neighborhoods

October 1, 2009 First Draft

Compact central cities are inherently “Green”. They were originally developed on transit systems, and built at high density.

Trips to work, shopping, and schools can be made by walking or transit.

But our historic areas have also “hollowed out”. Most
Downtowns have little retail, and a great deal of near
in housing has been demolished or is vacant.

The City will do the following to revitalize older areas:

Help developers create new green housing & businesses

TIF and Enterprise Zone incentives will be provided

Mixed use development will be emphasized

Energy efficient buildings will be encouraged

Walkability of the city will be improved
The Rivers edge will be enhanced

Bike trails & racks will be provided

Transit will be improved

Solar and Wind energy will be incented

Renewable energy sources will be sought
Trees and natural landscaping will be planted
Air and water quality will be improved

Build the Block will be a "Green" Showcase, with Leed Certified buildings and green technology.

Green Industry Grants



The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is now accepting applications under the Green Industry Business Development Grant Program. The purpose of this competitive solicitation is to support the development or expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency component manufacturers, producers of dedicated biomass crops, the manufacturers of recycled content products, and recycled materials processing projects. The program targets projects that develop and expand these manufacturing sectors and corresponding supply chains while improving the economy of the State through new business development.

  • Grant Awards: Range from $250,000 to $5,000,000.
  • Eligible applicants: For-profit businesses, governmental entities, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations with projects occurring in Illinois.
  • Eligible Expenditures: Purchase and installation of machinery, equipment and new industrial systems, project necessary site improvements, technical or engineering services for process improvements in key functions, and/or the conversion of existing processes.
  • Applicant Contribution: Proposed projects are eligible for grants up to 50 percent of eligible project cost. The applicant must contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost.

Eligible Project Activities:

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Business Development Projects:Projects will focus on the development or expansion of a manufacturing facility for renewable energy and energy efficiency products or components.

Biomass Production Projects: Projects will focus on production of dedicated crops grown for their energy content, including miscanthus and switchgrass, which can be used in electric generation facilities as a fuel or for co-firing.

Materials Processing Facility Projects: Projects will include tasks and activities that support the recovery, use, and reuse of eligible recyclable commodities, and/or the manufacturing of recycled-content products.

Applications due October 26, 2009.
Projects must be completed before February 17, 2012.

Technical assistance is available to potential applicants through the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, and Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. For more information please contact Pam Fuller at pjfuller@ilstu.edu or 309-438-7919 or visit the Illinois Energy Plan – Recovery Act website