On Friday, April 20th, students from Bradley University’s COM 103 course, “The Oral Communication Process,” will be presenting their persuasive speeches with the topic: “What Can We Do to Improve Peoria for $1,000 or Less?

The student presenters will be joined by City of Peoria elected officials, the City Manager and Community Development Department staff members, to help judge the projects and presentations.

On Tuesday, April 24th, the winners will be recognized during the City Council Meeting, and if feasible, their concept will be officially administered by the City of Peoria Community Development Department.

This project began with a special presentation last month, when Professor Laura Bruns invited Community Development staff to speak with her COM 103 class to give students background information on Peoria for an upcoming persuasive speech on how Peoria could be improved with $1,000. Students learned about the unique challenges and problems facing Peoria from a Community Development perspective ranging from homelessness and affordable housing to neighborhood building and civic engagement.