Safer neighborhoods, the focus at strategic planning meeting

By Beau Ebenezer

Safer neighborhoods, the focus at strategic planning meeting

November 9, 2013 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The City of Peoria highlighted "making the community safer" at Saturday's 5-year strategic planning meeting.

It was day-two of discussions by city leaders to come up with short-term action goals that will have positive effects several years from now.

They council focused on growing the population, businesses, and jobs.

City manager, Patrick Urich said the majority of feedback from council members was about creating safer neighborhoods.

"Having attractive and safe neighborhoods is very important for the City of Peoria," said Urich. "What can we do to help our neighborhoods be safe and attractive so that people want to live inside the City of Peoria? We want people to see that they can raise a family here, they can work here, and they can start a business here. It really starts there and branches out."

Urich added that the council is also looking at how investments in the East Bluff and Warehouse District will bring positive change to the city.