iBi - May 2009

Peoria Robotics

Chiou is one of the co-founders of Peoria Robotics, a research group that is working on a system to provide more realistic simulations for the purpose of training medical professionals, with additional applications in other fields.

Publisher's Note

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi
“Leadership in innovation will unleash the productivity and economic growth that will underpin America’s prosperity.”

Innovation Abounds in Heating and Cooling

by Amy Groh
Peoria’s EcoThermics Corporation is poised to make a quantum leap in the heating and cooling industry with its Eco2fficient Thermal Pump. Its technologies can make our homes and workplaces more comfortable, our energy bills more affordable, and our heating and cooling systems more environmentally friendly.

Dark Fiber Jumpstarting Innovation

by Joe Genzel and Jonathan Wright
It’s a classic story of entrepreneurial innovation—a business need, unaddressed by the marketplace, becomes an opportunity for the right person with the right vision. And that was the beginning of Darkstrand.

IPICO Sports

by Doug Hoepker
IPICO Sports is shaking up the world of sports technology, one runner at a time. The Peoria-based company uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to capture information at periodic intervals during races and relay it to participants, coaches, media and fans.

Field Research in Virtual Environments

by Jonathan Wright
Professor Beliveau is the Second Life avatar of Edward Lamoureux, PhD, associate professor with Bradley University’s multimedia program and co-director of Bradley’s New Media Center. As Professor Beliveau, Lamoureux teaches “Field Research in Virtual Worlds” to his multimedia students.

Now is the Time for Innovation

Kyle Ham, Peoria NEXT
The successes Peoria NEXT has seen over the past seven years help to create a reputation for this region as a place where innovators and entrepreneurs can thrive, and the world is taking note of our work.


by Amy Groh
Innovation is a term most often associated with science and technology, but as Josh Adams, owner and executive chef of June Restaurant in Peoria Heights, knows, it can apply equally to cuisine and the ways in which it is prepared.

Innovation Starts with a Relationship

by Kate O’Hara
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, known locally as the USDA Ag Lab, has a long history of technology contributions that have improved the quality of life globally.

Defining Small Business Innovation

by Steve King and Carolyn Ockels
Emergent Research
Small businesses are a growing driver of U.S. economic growth. They employ about half of private sector workers, create 60 to 80 percent of new private sector jobs, and generate more than $6 trillion in annual revenue.

Innovation in Education and Opportunity

by Cindy Patterson
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
In January of this year, classes in welding, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration started at the newly accredited ICC South Campus.







For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

by Amy Groh
While the Peoria area is full of networking opportunities for established businesses, it once lacked similar opportunities for those who venture out on their own.

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