Some heart of Illinois residents received some startling news on the cohesiveness of the area economy Thursday.
The Tri-county Regional Planning Commission teamed up with "VITAL Economy Alliance" to help determine how to establish a stronger regional collaboration. The goal of the project is to have all of the communities in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties working together toward a stronger overall economy.
The preliminary report found the Tri-county area is currently below average in nearly every category, but there is potential for improvement.
"The three weeks have taught us that there is a huge common interest, and a common recognition of what the problems are, and what the opportunity is," Frank Knott, VITAL Economy Alliance said. "That is something you don't often see, across the public and private sector."
A final report is due April 13. After that, "VITAL" will give formal suggestions to the Tri-county Regional Planning Commission on how to achieve better regional collaboration.