Peoria Stadium renovation project ready for the next step

Peoria Stadium renovation project ready for the next step

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By Stan Morris
Journal Star sports reporter

Plans to renovate Peoria Stadium could be heating up soon.

The idea of commercially zoning part of the stadium property for an electronic advertising sign and the addition of a stadium store, to generate revenue for renovations, was originally met with concerns from the neighborhood residents.

But after multiple public hearings with the neighbors and the city of Peoria Zoning and Planning Commission, an intergovernmental agreement has been reached. The agreement between the Peoria Public School board, the neighborhood association and the zoning commision is to recommend the property be rezoned as neighboorhood-commercial.

The idea for the 8-foot-by-13-foot sign that would be placed beneath the stadium’s iconic wooden, football-shaped sign, as well as the stadium store, came from the student-led entrepreneurial training program AppsCo founded by Alexis Khazzam.

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Peoria Public Schools Stadium seeks revitalization

Peoria Public Schools Stadium seeks revitalization

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06/23/18

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) –

Tackling a new endeavor to bring a stadium back to life. Community leaders are hoping to revitalize Peoria Public Schools Stadium.

Those behind this initiative say the stadium – built in 1905 – is historic and they would hate to see the space go mostly unused.

Their first project? They want to upgrade their sign.

“We’re looking to place an LED sign at the entrance to the stadium, to help raise money to cover the maintenance of the stadium,” said supporter Brian Michael.

Then they want to bring back underrepresented sports, like cricket. One leader thinks it’s a great thing.

“I think it’s going to bring back the stadium we had back in the day,” said Shaelyn Johnson.

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Apps that make students cash

Apps that make students cash

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6/13/17

After a seven week junior achievement training program and another two months of product development.Students from Richwoods High can hold an accomplishment in their own hands.The high school students have been working with the company APPSCO INC. They design mobile apps for local businesses. Thursday they showed us their handiwork. Their first app they made for Mt. Hawley Clubhouse. APPSCO INC is a not for profit organization that trains, employs and works to develop Richwoods high school students into young entrepreneurs. APPSCO INC faculty and volunteer mentors from the business community helped these students develop the skills they’ll need in their future careers.

Peoria Stadium Site Plan Features Cricket Field

Peoria Stadium Site Plan Features Cricket Field

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The blueprint for the Peoria Stadium renovation project has changed since AppsCO last hosted a public meeting in the fall.

“We are adding a large competition cricket pitch. There is no competition or professional field in the Midwest. This would be one of the first ones to attract tournaments across the Midwest,” Brian Michael COO of AppsCO said. AppsCO a Peoria Public Schools student composed group raising funds for the renovations.

The cricket patch would be built northwest of the football field.

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RHS AppsCo executive team to participate in #HouseOfCode event in Washington, D.C.

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April 06, 2018
Four Richwoods High School students will travel to Washington D.C. April 11 – 14, to
participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) #HouseOfCode, a celebration of student
computer science achievement.Mariah Cooley, Ruby Hirschmann, Shaelyn Johnson and Montreal Thomas, executive leaders of Peoria
Public Schools AppsCo, will present the App developed for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, winner of
CAC for the Illinois 18th District. The Peoria Riverfront Museum App enhances the museum visitor
experience by providing exclusive content and geo-fencing functions, improving convenience, and
creating a user loyalty program. The App also provides helpful data to museum administrators about
visitors.

AppsCo Executive Leaders Set to Travel to Washington D.C.

AppsCo Executive Leaders Set to Travel to Washington D.C.

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PEORIA, Ill. – AppsCo executive leaders will be traveling to Washington DC April 12th to the 14th to present their Riverfront Museum app to congress. The app allows museum goers to view information about the exhibits, purchase tickets and it provides enhanced tours of the exhibits in the museum.

“We have the students learn about business by working with real world businesses and clients,” said Brian Michael, Vice President and COO of AppsCo. “Every semester we pick a company to be the client of AppsCo and this time it happened to be the Peoria Riverfront Museum.”

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On AppsCo: Q&A with Chris Coplan

On AppsCo: Q&A with Chris Coplan

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1/2/2018

AppsCo is not just an afterschool initiative—it’s a full-blown not-for-profit company that doubles as a fully integrated business learning experience for students in Peoria Public Schools. The organization has already been extraordinarily successful: one of the apps it created for the Peoria Riverfront Museum recently took first prize in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the 18th District. iBi spoke with Chris Coplan, communications director for Peoria Public Schools, about AppsCo’s plans for expansion and how the initiative fits into the district’s larger goals. 

Congressmen Darin LaHood

Congressmen Darin LaHood

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PEORIA, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood announced today that a team from Richwoods High School, which participates in Peoria Public Schools’ AppsCo program, are the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the 18th Congressional District. The team made up of Mariah Cooley, Ruby Hirschmann, Shaelyn Johnson, and Montreal Thomas won the contest with their App developed for Peoria’s Riverfront Museum.

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