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Village Focuses on Economic Development in 2012

Glen Ellyn, IL – “Economic Development is a key to our future,” stated Village President Mark Pfefferman after Village Board and Management planning sessions were held late last year. “Glen Ellyn views viable, vibrant and diverse commercial and residential areas as key to the Village’s ongoing success.” The Village has taken careful and deliberate steps to support the Economic Development emphasis by creating:
• Economic Development Vision, Mission, Goals and Metrics
• Economic Development Incentive Guidelines
• A stewardship plan for its publicly owned assets, including 810 N. Main Street, the Glen Ellyn History Park, Manor Woods and the Village Links
• The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn
• Expanded facade and retail grant programs
• A Tax Increment Financing District for downtown

2012 Economic Development efforts will include:
• Maintenance and appearance efforts along Roosevelt Road and downtown
• Streamlined business development and new business processes
• Attraction signage
• Assertive marketing of former Marathon Gas Station and Roosevelt Glen properties
• Grant-funded, parking and streetscape studies
• Expanded connectivity and walkability throughout the Village
“As our multi-tiered efforts unfolded,” stated Village Manager Mark Franz, “it became clear that focus was important. We need to eliminate duplication of effort, increase alignment and accountability, and decrease the costs of our Economic Development efforts.”

To that end, Franz is announcing a new Economic Development Manager position to be advertised immediately, reporting directly to him. In addition to being the point person for the Village’s business recruitment and retention efforts, the new Economic Development Manager will help develop the Village’s economic development strategy and plan. The new Manager will work closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Alliance, and the Village’s Planning and Development Department, Finance Commission, and Board of Trustees to accomplish this Village-wide strategy.

With this change, the Village will no longer fund the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “The EDC served a meaningful purpose for the past two decades,” said Franz. “It was successful. Our economic development needs have changed and the structure that supports the Village’s efforts must adapt to those needs. The Village sincerely thanks Janie Patch, Executive Director, and all the volunteers from the Chamber and the Village who have served on the Economic Development Corporation for so many years.” President Pfefferman will ask all of the members of the current EDC Board to join the Village’s to-be-formed Economic Development Committee.

“Janie represented the EDC and the Village well for many years,” Franz continued. “She is a dedicated worker that has much to be proud of over the years. She will have the option of interviewing for the Village’s new position.”

In addition to the above, the Village’s Economic Development efforts in 2012 will include performing a business-district parcel by parcel cost benefit analysis and assisting with pursuing grants for economic development efforts. A new Village Links Clubhouse is scheduled to start this year, along with reopening the Village Arboretum at Panfish Park.

“With the mission and goals identified, the best approach for Glen Ellyn is to integrate these functions under the Village responsibilities,” said Manager Franz. “This integrated approach will create more synergy with other Village Departments and organizations and allow the Village to more proactively provide economic development leadership and strategic planning.” The changes become effective May, 1, 2012.

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