iBi - June 2009

The Illinois River Road

by Sienna Beard and Jonathan Wright
With a wealth of opportunities for historic exploration, scenic views and outdoor activities, the Illinois River Road is an ideal way to enjoy much of what the state has to offer.

Tourists in Our Own Backyard

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi
Cutting right through the heart of the region, the Illinois River is one of our community’s most distinctive treasures.

A Snapshot of Sites Along the Byway

by Sienna Beard and Jonathan Wright
Fox Tales on the River Road... Canyons and Waterfalls... Happy Trails To You... The River as Muse... Plan Your Itinerary!.. Restoring Floodplains and Wildlife... Our National Bird... A Dozen Millennia at Dickson Mounds...

Loren Gill

Loren Gill is vice president and general manager of the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. The Par-A-Dice has a tremendous impact on local and regional tourism, attracting more than one million guests from all over the Midwest each year.

The Power of Tourism

Brent Lonteen, Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
A lot of people don’t realize the power of tourism as a regional economic driver.

Right Time for Peoria Regional Brand

Ryan Spain, Heartland Partnership
Branding is crucial in the business world. Great brands offer a competitive edge, showcase innovation and create legacies that endure.

One State: Together in Peoria

by Sienna Beard and Amy Groh
Working with the PACVB, local arts organizations and a host of volunteers, ArtsPartners spearheaded the collaborative effort to bring the statewide arts conference to Peoria.

Riverfront Museum

Jim McConoughey - Heartland Partnership
The Riverfront Museum project has been many years in the making, and now the green light is shining brightly.

Creating Benchmarks

by Cindy Patterson
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
The Illinois River Valley has been attracting visitors since René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s exploration in the late 1600s.

A One-Stop Shop for Visitors

by Sienna Beard
This is the only remaining building from the bygone steamboat era and the only pre-Civil War commercial structure still standing in the city.







All Roads Lead to Steamboat

by Sienna Beard
The annual Steamboat Classic has been the premier running event in central Illinois for 36 years, an excellent opportunity to get outside, get some exercise and make new friends in the process

Also In Balance...

A New Type of Registry... Handle Attacks with Grace... For Online Readers... Car Sharing in Champaign... My Faves... Bringing the Blues to You... No Substitute for a Restful Retreat...

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