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Carlson: State of the Peoria chamber luncheon on horizon


As I approach two years in my role as president and CEO of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, I find myself reflecting on what has been a rewarding and challenging time for our organization.

If I have had the pleasure of meeting you at an event or if you have heard me discuss what I feel to be a chamber’s role in a community, the word connection may have been thrown around a time or two. While our primary mission is to be an advocate and voice for our business community, I truly believe that our chamber has the potential to do more and be more, and I value the ability to share this direction at ourl luncheon April 17.

By taking both a look back and a look forward – always keeping in mind the needs of our members – I hope to take the Peoria chamber to new heights that will more adequately represent the more than 100 years we have served our Peoria community.

I am energized to enhance our efforts and position our organization as a primary civic entity for the West Valley. As business continues to boom in our region, it is even more imperative to have outlets and opportunities for business promotion and connection, especially for our small business community that makes up the backbone of Peoria. I look forward to sharing more information about our past, where we are currently, and where we aim to be, and I encourage not just our business community but anyone who would like to learn more about our efforts to join us April 17.