… should equate to the same in Peoria.
The other night, at about 5:45 p.m., we were driving East across the McCluggage Bridge, when my daughter made a comment about the heavy traffic in front of us. Her Dad explained to her that more than likely, the traffic she was seeing was the result of people from other cities, who come into Peoria to work, and leave the City at the end of the day.
The conversation got me to wondering about the recent growth in potential job opportunities in East Peoria for the people who live there and in the surrounding communities. If the City of East Peoria can create jobs for their own citizens, that means Peorians (especially our teenagers) may be able to find jobs here, in the City where they reside.
Target store with an anticipated 140 jobs; Costco bringing 160 jobs that officials say pay higher than the typical retail job. That's 300 jobs between the two retailers, with another 200 jobs created through development of the area, plus additional jobs at Ulta beauty and Gordman's (both already have locations in Peoria) coming in 2013.
Plus, a Holiday Inn & Suites with 137 Rooms, expected completion summer 2013; and Morton Community Bank's Fondulac Banking Center with 40 to 45 employees, with about one-third being new hires, anticipated construction this spring and completion by summer 2013. On top of the existing Bass Pro Shops, the Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kohl's, Lowe's, a few hotels, including the Embassy Suites and more than a dozen dine-in restaurants.
Viva la East Peoria!