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Economic Development: Live and Shop Peoria County

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Shop Local and Grow Peoria County!


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By shopping local, you are helping to Grow Peoria County. Your tax dollars support our local services such as our fire departments, police departments, and sheriff's office.

Live and Shop Peoria County is a collaborative economic development effort between Peoria County, City of Peoria, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Our goal is to encourage residents to shop locally.

Money spent in Peoria County supports public safety through the Peoria Police Department, Peoria Fire Department, and Peoria County Sheriff's Office. It also supports public services such as Peoria Public Works, Peoria Highways, and other local government functions. 

Scroll down to find out more about how spending locally (and small!) benefits YOUR community.

City of Peoria contact:
Leslie McKnight, PhD
419 Fulton St, Peoria
(309) 494-8651

County of Peoria contact:
Gretchen Pearsall
324 Main St Rm 502, Peoria
(309) 672-6918

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Peoria County businesses (and those who support them!) are invited to download our social media graphics below to use on business and personal pages:

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Shopping Local Supports Local Services

Mary Ardapple, former Peoria County Board member

Not only is shopping local vital to the local economy, it is also essential to delivering local government services. That's why Peoria County and the City of Peoria have partnered on "Live & Shop Peoria" and "Live & Shop Peoria County" campaigns. The retail sales tax we pay when we make a purchase at a local store has a huge impact on local government revenues. For every $100 spent on general commodities in unincorporated Peoria County, you pay $6.75 in sales tax. Of that total, $1.75 is returned back to Peoria County government. For the same $100 spent at a business in the City of Peoria, the total sales tax paid is $8.25 (with the exception of some special zones, in which an extra sales tax is applied). Of that $8.25, the City keeps $2.50, while 75 cents goes to Peoria County.

Every online purchase we make that could have been made at a local store decreases the amount of sales tax revenue both governments have available to deliver basic and critical services. Approximately $16.3 million—or 36 percent of Peoria County's general revenues—are obtained through sales taxes. Likewise, nearly 24 percent of the City of Peoria's total revenue comes from sales tax. This is significant, considering that sales tax revenues are used to help provide vital services: law enforcement, fire protection, road maintenance, snow removal, code enforcement and record keeping, among many other public services.

Another reason to shop local is the local multiplier effect. Local small businesses will more often utilize the services of other small businesses in the community; this recirculation of money is a little-known, yet extremely valuable feature of our local economy. As this money passes through more hands in the local economy, more and more people locally benefit from it. One million dollars, entering the local economy and circulating 10 times, acts like $10 million—increasing revenue and income opportunities for other local businesses.

However, money in the local economy stops circulating at the point a purchase is made outside of it. Buying online, for example, ultimately exports consumer dollars outside of Peoria. One million dollars spent in this way derives only a one-time use of such funds in the local economy, rather than several million.

Therefore, Peoria County and the City of Peoria are encouraging residents to buy local and shop where they live—keeping dollars in the local community and supporting the local services from which all of us benefit.

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Local Business Partners
(email to join us!)


Anytime Fitness North Peoria

Amigos’ Auto Repair

Avanti’s Ristorantes

Bremer Jewelry

Bullpen Bar and Grill

Central Illinois Bank

Cobblestone Corner Antiques

Commerce Bank

Communication Junction

Crawford’s Home Furnishings

Every Little Thing & More

Five Senses Spa, Salon, Barbershop

Flores Fashions

Global Village

Gold’s Gym

Hamptons Kitchens and Appliances

Illinois Valley Glass

Infuse Skin and Body

Jane’s Sweet Addictions

Jayla’s Bowtique

JB Hawks-Discount Tobacco and Vape

Kelly Seed & Hardware Co.

Landmark Cinemas

Landmark Lanes

Landmark Racquet and Health Club

Lippmann’s Furniture and Interiors

Lit. on Fire Used Books

Los Cabos Cantina & Grill

Massage Envy

Metro Centre Shopping Center

Minority Business Development Center

Mobile Maxx Storage & Moving

Moon Dancer Boutique

Mosers Shoes

Nacho Mama’s Grilled Cheese

Nerds On Call

One World Cafe & Catering

Peoria Camera Shop

Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Pink Sugar Boutique

Potter & Anderson Jewelers

Pottstown Meat & Deli

Quantum Health

Raber Packing Co.


Restoration @ Studio on Sheridan

Running Central

South Side Mission Mart


The Digital Store

The Kern Group, Inc.

The Lindenhof - Kristkindlmarkt

thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

Tim’s Ace Interiors Roecker’s

TJ Vape & Wireless

Tyroni’s Italian Cafe

Urban Artifacts

Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson

Wendy’s Eyeglass Shack

Whiskey City Architectural Salvage

Wildlife Prairie Park


... and more!