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International Construction Innovations Conference


Mr. Jim Ardis, Mayor of Peoria

Mr. Jim Ardis, Mayor
City of Peoria

There are Great Expectations when the International Construction Innovations Conference (ICIC) returns to Peoria for the second time this coming October.  The first ICIC which took place in the fall of 2004 was an outstanding success.  Renowned leaders in the areas of education, industry and government from around the world attended and participated in this exceptional event.  The Conference was the first of its kind in the State.  As a matter of fact, most areas of the country have never hosted an event of this caliber.

As Mayor of the Host City for the ICIC, I want to extend a warm welcome to the many prominent and influential policymakers, academicians and industry leaders to the City of Peoria.  We are proud to be home to the world headquarters of CATERPILLAR Inc., Bradley University, USDA AG Lab and downstate Illinois’ finest and fastest growing Medical Community comprised of OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center, Proctor Hospital and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Peoria.  We’ll be rolling out the red carpet for all of our guests who will be participating in this unrivaled conference to network and learn about the exciting innovations and challenges in the construction industry.

I was honored to become a member of the ICIC Executive Board this year and have to tell you that if the caliber of participants in the planning meeting is an indication of the level of speakers and participants in this years Conference, you are in for a remarkable experience.  Attendees of the planning meeting on February 20th in Chicago came from India, England, Turkey, China, Northern Iraq and throughout the United States.  Just to name a few were Mr. Charlie Potts, CEO of Heritage Construction, Mr. Mike Acott, President of the National Asphalt Pavement Association and Ms. Rosie Andolino, the Executive Director of the O’Hare Modernization Program in addition to a number of very distinguished educators from around the globe.  A member of the planning committee commented that “there were more CEO’s present and participating in planning this year's ICIC than the number of CEO’s who typically attend most major conventions such as this.” 

In excess of 300 members will be representing over 20 countries and more than 30 US states at this year's Conference.  The City of Peoria is proud to host this event and congratulates Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, (the heart and soul and driving force behind the ICIC), CATERPILLAR Inc., Bradley University and all the distinguished members who recognize the value and significance of joining Business, Education and Government to focus and discuss significant issues facing the construction industry locally and around the world.  I am excited to learn first-hand why people have said that, “if it plays in Peoria, it will play anywhere.”  You’re in for a significant opportunity to learn, network, educate and contribute.  I look forward to seeing you in person in Peoria this October.

If you are interested in any of the conference functions, grants, and initiatives, please contact the conference chair, Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, at 309-677-2941 or e-mail him at