PEORIA, Ill.-- Big changes are in store for the Peoria Civic Center.
Governor Pat Quinn announced Saturday that the facility will be used to strengthen the state's emergency preparedness and with that comes major upgrades.
The governor stopped in Peoria to sign legislation which adds the Peoria Civic Center to the list of large public facilities to be used for emergency preparedness and response efforts.
He also says $2.6 million will be used to upgrade arena seating and remodel meeting rooms at the Civic Center.
The renovation will replace 30-year-old seats in Carver arena and provide accessible seating for people with disabilities.
"We have to make these investments in order to grow," said Governor Quinn. "You cannot grow you cannot add jobs unless we have these kind of important investments to keep these facilities up to date."
Quinn said updating the facility is important to make sure the Civic Center is a prime destination for trade shows and conventions.
However, he said it is even more important to make sure it is accessible to those who need it during an emergency.