Jim Ardis – City of Peoria
For Immediate Release
February 20, 2015
On behalf of the the City of Peoria, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Peoria, Illinois, for the Toastmasters International conference.
We are extremely pleased that you have chosen Peoria for your conference. Backed by a tradition of proven hospitality, we consider it a privilege to provide a stimulating and pleasant atmosphere for your event. During your stay, we encourage you to take time from your busy schedule to enjoy the many fine restaurants, recreational facilities, our riverfront and the beauty of Peoria. Chosen as an All American City on three occasions, we believe Peoria truly is a wonderful place for families and visitors alike.
Please enjoy your stay and while you are visiting, please consider Peoria as your home away from home. We look forward to having you 'Play in Peoria'.
Mayor, Peoria - Illinois
Mayor Jim Ardis is a lifelong Peorian He graduated from Spalding Institute in 1977 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University in 1982. Jim and his wife Mimi have been married for over 27 years and have 3 children.
Jim's community activities are numerous, most notably participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run for St. Jude. 2014 marks his 20th consecutive year on the 465 mile trek from Memphis.
Jim also serves on the Board of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, is Board President of the Tim Ardis Foundation for Hope and is Founder and President of the Board for the Peoria Promise. He is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Development at CGN Global.
Jim was first elected to the Peoria City Council in 1999 as a councilman at-large. He was re-elected to a second term in 2003, his first term as Mayor in 2005, and re-elected in 2009. In April 2013 Jim was un-opposed and re-elected to a third term as Mayor.