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Relationships make all the difference anywhere you live. Get involved with these great networks, clubs, and organizations to truly get connected.

Are you in Greater Peoria for a summer internship?

Every Thursday in June and July, one of our area businesses is hosting a GP Intern Mixer.  Each event is followed by an after party at a nearby watering hole where you can mingle with your fellow interns.  Learn more…

Find a First Friend. Be a First Friend.

First Friends are like ambassadors for newcomers. They know the ins and outs of this region. They know where and how to get involved with the best we have going on. And they’d like to know you.

If you’re new to Greater Peoria, reach out and we’ll connect you with a First Friend who will roll out the red carpet for you.

Do you love this region and would love to be a First Friend to newcomers? Let us know. We’d love to get you involved!

What Does it Mean to be a First Friend?

Once you are approved to be a First Friend, you will be paired up with a newcomer. A successful First Friend will complete the following 4 stages over the course of 3-4 months (minimum requirements):

  • STAGE 1: Introductory phone call (i.e. introduce self, get to know individual)
  • STAGE 2: Schedule a time to grab coffee or lunch (i.e. typically done during business hours)
  • STAGE 3: Schedule a time to meet up outside of work hours (i.e. socials, happy hours, golf outing, etc.)
  • STAGE 4: Phone call (i.e. explain you will be here if they have any further questions about the region)
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