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Peru Has Been Recognized as a "Best Community for Business"

Peru received some wonderful recognition this weekend and so did IVAC. Here is a link to the article recognizing Peru as #5 in the state for "Best Communities to do Business In" https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/small-business/best-places-to-start-business-in-illinois/. Peru is the top rated community outside of the Chicago area, beating out every other city in the state including cities like Rockford, Peoria, Sterling, Dekalb, and Bloomington/Normal.

What is really wonderful, is this article gives IVAC credit for this. This is a direct result of Marci's efforts the past two years in getting this region recognized by the movers and shakers in the Chicago area. We have so many assets and she has done a great job in getting this in front of the decision makers in the Midwest. Marci has laid a solid foundation from which Joni can build on. We should feel proud of this recognition and confident that this will soon pay off with some major announcements for the region.

It is also exciting to think of what more can come with the Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois starting up. This will be another, even larger and louder voice talking about the merits of our region to an even bigger audience.

IVAC Makes Donation to the "Lighted Way" in Honor of Steve Brust


Pictured are Greg Vaccaro, Steve Brust Memorial Golf Outing Co-Chair; Jane Duncan-Wamhoff, Lighted Way; Mary Jo Brust, and Dick Martuzzo, Steve Brust Memorial Golf Outing Co-Chair.


Congratulations Meyers, Flowers, Bruno & Herrmann!

Pictured above left to right, Rosana Madrigal, IVAC Ambassador; Craig D. Brown, Principal of Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, and Herrmann; Patrick Herrmann, Principal of Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, and Herrmann; Scott Harl, City of Peru Mayor; Penny Wamhoff, IVAC Chamber Operations and Membership; Laura Sampson, IVAC Ambassador.


The Law Firm of Meyers, Flowers, Bruno, & Herrmann is pleased to announce its formation and opening of its office at 2011 Rock Street, Suite C, Peru, IL, which will serve Bureau, La Salle, and Putnam counties.  Partners in the firm include Patrick Herrmann, former Bureau County State's Attorney, and Klint Bruno, a Spring Valley native and top civil litigator, along with Ted A. Meyers and Peter J. Flowers, nationally known experts in defending plaintiffs in catastrophic injuries including personal injury, workplace injury and wrongful death as well as defective medical products and mass tort litigation.

Another Opportunity to Make Connections at the

 2015 Chicago Rail Summit

Pictured above, TJ Templeton, IVAC Board VP; Kishan Sutariya, co-owner IPS Steel; Mary Elizabeth Pitz, President  & CEO of MEP&A Economic Development; Mari Duro, Executive Director & CEO IVAC; Ishvar Sutariya, co-owner IPS Steel; and Justin Lamboley IVAC Board.


The 2015 MEP & A Economic Development Chicago Rail Summit held April 31st at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago, gave the new owners of the former Arcelor Mittal Steel Mill in Hennepin, Illinois, the opportunity to connect with influential individuals who will assist with the progression of the newly defined Hennepin Multiuse Industrial Complex.MEP & A selects only a handful of presenters to this prestigious event.  As a speaker, Marci Duro, Executive Director and CEO of Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development felt the summit would offer the perfect platform to showcase the Hennepin Multiuse Industrial Complex to other distinguished attendees.The new owners Kishan and Ishvar Sutariya purchased the 900 acre mill site with the plans to rehab the site to today’s standards while maintaining the integrity of the existing infrastructure.  The site has access to 3 major interstates, barge facility on the Illinois River with excellent fleeting capability, access to regional and short rail lines, recessed rail loading and an on-site dual feed high voltage power plant.  In a centralized location, the site is within 50 minutes of 6 major metro areas with zero congestion and 13 complete on-off interchanges allowing for logistical capitalization.

Marci Duro, IVAC Executive Director/CEO

Village Presidents, Mayors, and State Legislators stopped by the IVAC office for a Meet and Greet, Monday, March 23rd.

2014 Discover Manufacturing Career Expo

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Where IT Happens!



Thanks to all of our "Marquee Buddies":  Ancare, Veterinary Hospital, Peru Federal Savings Bank, Design's & Signs by Anderson, Spring Valley City Bank, Heartland Bank and Trust, LaSalle-Peru Township High School District 120, and Sherman's of Peru.  Be sure to check out "Where IT Happens" all over town!