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Peoria shares success story with Sterling

By PAM EGGEMEIER peggemeier@saukvalley.com 815-625-3600, ext. 5570 @pam_eggemeierMay 29, 2019

STERLING – Economies change, and for river cities, that brings the added challenge of transforming a riverfront.

Distilleries once fueled the Peoria economy, but today it is powered by manufacturing and health care jobs. Agriculture implement giants Caterpillar and Deere & Co. have helped pave the way to sustained growth. The city took two gut-punches in 2017 when Caterpillar announced it would move its corporate headquarters to the Chicago area, and abandon plans for a huge office project in the downtown. Easing the pain are the nearly 12,000 jobs the company has kept in Peoria.

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