The facility, announced on Friday, February 20, will enable the global machinery manufacturer to consolidate 3,200 employees who currently work in supervisory and executive positions throughout the Peoria area. WEEK/Channel 19 describes the hopes of Caterpillar’s management: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/CAT-hopes-new-HQ-will-attract-the-next-generation-of-employees-293766031.html.
Supporters of the construction project were making plans this week for the development of a downtown neighborhood to surround the headquarters. Amenities in the vicinity include historic buildings, the Illinois River, riverfront green space, and a museum/planetarium complex. Plans are moving forward for the expansion of a network of bike trails (http://www.peoriaparks-planning.org/biketrail.html) to connect downtown Peoria with a variety of city neighborhoods.