Kiran Velpula – At-Large Candidate for Peoria City Council

Kiran Velpula

Kiran Velpula

As an internationally renowned cancer researcher and assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, I also head the Velpula Neuro-Oncology Lab and have published 55-plus scientific papers on cancer research. I founded a biotech startup company focused on reducing the cost of clinical trials to make new treatments more accessible. In addition to my research and entrepreneurial pursuits, I currently serve as an at-large member of the Peoria City Council and am running for re-election.

The three most urgent issues facing Peoria are:

1. economic decline
2. lack of jobs and growth
3. increase in crime rates

Peoria’s economic decline has led to a decrease in business and job opportunities, which in turn contributes to the loss of talent in the area. This loss of talent has undermined economic growth and development in the community, making it difficult for the city to attract new businesses and job opportunities. Additionally, less economic growth means an increase in crime rates, as individuals struggle to make ends meet. Working with other council members and capitalizing on my entrepreneurial and research ventures, I plan to identify solutions to these problems and promote the city’s potential for growth and development.

I’ve pinpointed several ways to address the issues of economic decline, lack of jobs and growth, and increased crime rates in Peoria.

In terms of job creation, we must focus on leveraging Peoria’s healthcare industry to create additional opportunities for good-paying jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, trades, and other sectors for all Peorians. Some of the approaches that could bring in more jobs to the area include:

To retain talent, I’ve been working on a Greater Peoria Health Education Collaborative with four academic institutions in Peoria. This collaborative aims to empower our youth to find employment in the healthcare industry and create a talent pool to drive job growth and talent attraction and retention. To make Peoria the workforce capital of the Midwest, I suggest we:

To promote public safety, I plan to ensure that the city’s police and fire services have the resources to curb the crime and violence. This is critical in uplifting the economic status of our city and could be the foundation for a strong community and thriving neighborhoods. Here are some of my strategies to ensure public safety.

Ultimately, the issues of economic decline, lack of jobs and growth, and the increase in crime rates in Peoria require a multifaceted approach. Through utilizing the healthcare industry and promoting Peoria as a destination for healthcare professionals and researchers, I anticipate driving job growth and developing talent. Furthermore, I can ensure that Peoria’s future workforce is well-prepared to meet the demands of these sectors through partnerships between academic institutions and healthcare providers and discerning current and future workforce needs. I will advocate for a safer and more secure community for all Peorians through innovative programs and robust resources. Together, we can create a thriving, welcoming, and stable community for all our residents.

For more information, please visit my website.