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    WHAT WE DO

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership connects companies to the pulse of business in the Chicago region and serves as an influential and effective advocate and marketer for businesses.
    We always put the needs of businesses first by:
    1. Attracting new companies to our community and building new business opportunities for those companies and existing companies.
    2. Working with key local, state and federal government decision makers to address the financial, operational and other needs of local businesses and businesses seeking to locate here.
    3. Identifying transportation, infrastructure and other community solutions that will attract and retain a talented local workforce.
    4. Developing new area attractions and marketing initiatives that will expand tourism and grow our local economy.
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    HOW WE WORK

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of Greater Oak Brook companies representing a range of industries: Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms and more. Collectively, these individuals and their companies represent the policy interests of the Greater Oak Brook business community.

    Six paid staff and consultants experienced in business, nonprofit association and economic development program management assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
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    Organizational Culture
    The organization’s leaders and members work together in a geographically small community that is bustling with business. Over 100,000 people work or visit here each day, which keeps our local companies and economy thriving!
    Fortunately, the community’s small geographical size allows us to stay connected and aware of the issues affecting each other. Working together like this has helped create a supportive and respectful organizational culture in which members may build positive professional relationships over time.

    One Voice for Business through Committees!
    The organization has established a collaborative communication structure that allows local businesses to work together through councils and committees to develop a vision and strategy that serve the broader business community’s needs. These joint efforts have helped create one business voice to address critical issues ranging from local signage codes and community marketing and transportation initiatives to broader state business policy concerns. Members may serve on the following councils and committees:
    • Business Roundtable
    • Banking and Financial Services Committee
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Networkers Group
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    OUR MEMBERS

    Over 350 key area companies employing nearly 10,000 people are members of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. Member companies represent commercial real estate (20%), hospitality and retail (25%), technology and other professional services (30%), banking and financial services (15%) and healthcare (10%) sectors. More than 1,600 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities, with 250 of them serving in council and committee leadership roles.
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  • Tracy Mulqueen, CAE

    President & CEO

    Tracy Mulqueen, CAE, has served as the Chamber’s President and CEO since July 2004 and is responsible for leading and managing the association, its strategic and operational plans, and member programs and services. She is also charged with building and promoting unified local, state, and congressional policy agendas and initiatives that represent the common interests of Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace companies, and positioning the organization as an influential and effective advocate for business.

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  • Ed Tracy, CPA

    Chief Financial Consultant

    Ed Tracy is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Consultant, overseeing the organization’s budget development and financial reporting processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Please contact Ed at tracy@seldenfox.com.

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  • Aimee Schroeder

    Accounting Consultant

    Aimee Schroeder is the Chamber’s Accounting Consultant and handles the organization’s accounts payable and receivable. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting. Please contact Aimee at schroeder@seldenfox.com.

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  • Tamryn Hennessy

    Program Director

    Tamryn Hennessy is the Chamber’s Program Director. She is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s economic development programs, with a current focus on new workforce attraction and retention initiatives, including the new STEM Bridge Partnership.

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  • Jenny Stanko

    Communications Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites, handling email blasts and social media postings, and providing communications support for Chamber meetings, events and grant projects.

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  • Bridget Karnick

    Meeting & Events Planner

    Bridget Karnick is the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Planner. Bridget is responsible for organizing membership events and council and committee meetings, and meetings and events for the Economic Development Partnership.

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  • Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

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  • Vice Chairman Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

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  • Treasurer Dennis Marx

    JMG Financial, Oak Brook

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  • Secretary Maxine Vazquez

    Devon Seafood + Steak, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Suzanne Beres

    Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Clarke

    Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust, Oak Brook

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  • Simon Fricker

    Le Meridien, Oak Brook

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  • Bill Fulle

    Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

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  • Stefan Gruvberger

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Maureen Hoersten

    The LaSalle Network, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Johnson

    DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Brook

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  • Anna Kamilis

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

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  • Bob Legan

    Whitnell & Company, Oak Brook

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  • Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty Corporation, Oak Brook

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  • Adrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

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  • Tom Midura

    Graycor, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • Raul Moreno

    Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook

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  • Chris Pautsch

    Key Lime Tie, Oak Brook

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  • Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

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  • John Ropski

    Printing Arts, Oak Brook

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

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  • Don Williams

    McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook

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  • Tracy Mulqueen, CAE

    Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

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LaSalle Network hosts complimentary webinar “9-step guide to a promotion”

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calendarMonday, 19 September

CEO, Founder Tom Gimbel to Share Tips on How to Advance Your Career

Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm, will host a complimentary webinar, “9-Step Guide to a Promotion,” Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT.

According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, 40 percent of millennials expect a promotion every one to two years, but not many understand what they need to do to earn one.

“When it comes to earning a promotion, many believe it’s based on how long they’ve been with an organization,” said Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, “but more employers today believe in merit-based promotions, focusing less on tenure.”

This hour-long webinar will highlight the biggest factors that may be deterring someone from advancing in their careers, and the nine steps to take to earn a promotion and move up the career ladder.

To register for the webinar, “9-Step Guide to a Promotion,” click here.

For more information on LaSalle Network, please visit lasallenetwork.com or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562, or hyoukhana@lasallenetwork.com.


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Exploratory committee to consider Oak Brook employee shuttle

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calendarTuesday, 02 August

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership recently hosted a meeting to explore the opportunity for a new Oak Brook employee shuttle service connecting with Metra. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the lead agency for the project, and has contracted with the Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook (TMA) to provide assistance. The primary goal of the shuttle service would be to provide better commute options to help local employers attract top talent.

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The Chamber has worked with the RTA and TMA to identify three service areas that may have the greatest potential for shuttle routes for Oak Brook. These are in the Commerce Drive, Kensington Road/Jorie Boulevard, and Windsor/Swift Drive areas.  These routes would access the Elmhurst Metra Station (Metra’s Union Pacific West Line) or Hinsdale Metra Station (Metra’s BNSF Line).

The RTA is considering funding the substantial majority of the operating costs for the first two years as a pilot program. During the first year of the pilot, property owners may contribute approximately 20% of the costs, or approximately $30,000 per route shared between participating property owners. For the second year property owners may contribute approximately 35% of the costs. The more properties participating, the lower the cost would be per building.

To continue beyond this potential two-year pilot, the route must be viable and working; for example at least 60 daily trips on each route are needed. Property owners would need to increase their financial participation to a minimum of 50% of the operating costs in partnership with Pace and Metra. Service levels and cost structure would need to be negotiated in the second year of the pilot, based on ridership, property owner interest, and transit agency budgets.

If a final plan is developed by the committee, it would take about three to four months to implement service. It is anticipated that service could start in 2017. For more information, please contact Tracy Mulqueen at 708-560-5271 or tmulqueen@obchamber.com.


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Hassett Express opens corporate headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace

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calendarMonday, 01 August

Hassett Express presented a ribbon cutting July 19, 2016 to recognize the opening of its new corporate headquarters at 18W100 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace. Hassett CEO Michelle Halkerston and Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Tony Ragucci led the ceremony.

Hassett Express CEO Michelle Halkerston with City of Oakbrook Terrace Alderman Tom Thomas, left, and Mayor Tony Ragucci, right

Hassett Express CEO Michelle Halkerston with City of Oakbrook Terrace Alderman Tom Thomas, left, and Mayor Tony Ragucci, right

Hassett Express, LLC, a leader in transportation and logistics services, relocated in June to newly renovated space of almost 15,000 square feet, as an important part of its growth plan. The corporate office is home to the company’s logistics support, technology, customer service, financial, sales and marketing, and executive teams.

“Hassett Express is happy to call Oakbrook Terrace home for our 45 member headquarters staff. This location provides many advantages including its proximity to our operations facility near O’Hare,” said Michelle Halkerston, CEO. “Local amenities such as restaurants, retailers and parks are important to our team members. I believe these amenities, along with the convenient location, will also be attractive to new hires. We look forward to being an active member in the community.”

Mayor Ragucci added, “The City of Oakbrook Terrace welcomes new corporate resident Hassett Express and its CEO Michelle Halkerston to our community. Congratulations and we wish Hassett much success!”


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Say hello to Greater Oak Brook’s newest corporate residents and their employees

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calendarSunday, 31 July

Be a good neighbor! Reach out and welcome Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace’s newest companies and their employees!

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Chairman Tom Midura Economic Development Partnership Council

Archer Daniels Midland (Commerce Plaza, Oak Brook)

Beacon Hill Staffing (Mid America Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

Brookline (Lincoln Centre, Oakbrook Terrace)

Cadence Health Systems (Regency Towers, Oak Brook)

CIMC Leasing USA (Two TransAm Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

CMS Communications (Midwest Office Center, Oak Brook)

Datalink Corporation (Mid America Plaza, Oak Brook)

DCT Industrial (Drake Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

DeBlanco, Inc. (Citibank Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

Duke Realty (Oak Brook Executive Plaza, Oak Brook)

Farooqui & Husian Law (Two TransAm Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

Forward Space (1111 West 22nd, Oak Brook)

Verdi Property Management (Regency Towers, Oak Brook)

Geiger Wealth Management (Citibank Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

Grane Trucking (Butterfield Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

Hartford Financial Services (One Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook Terrace)

Hassett Express (Midwest Office Center, Oak Brook)

Hauser Izzo, LLC (Regency Towers, Oak Brook)

HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc. (Terrace Oaks, Oakbrook Terrace)

Kellen Company (Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

KeyLimeTie (Oakbrook Promenade, Oak Brook)

Pacific Life Insurance Company (Mid America Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

QsrSoft (Citibank Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

Rejuvenate MedSpa (Oak Brook Professional Building)

RSB Dental (Oak Brook North, Oak Brook)

Ryd Law Group, P.C. (Citibank Office Plaza, Oak Brook)

Select Staffing (Harger Road, Oak Brook)

Sentinus LLC (Oak Brook Pointe, Oak Brook)

Shriver-Capacity Insurance Agency, LLD (One Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook Terrace)

Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Inc. (One Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook Terrace)

SMART Golf Fitness Instruction (Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace)

Star Micronics America, Inc. (Commerce Plaza, Oak Brook)

Sterns Lending (Oak Brook Executive Plaza, Oak Brook)

True Consulting (Oak Brook Executive Plaza, Oak Brook)

USI Insurance Services (Commerce Plaza, Oak Brook)

Wealth Planning Network (Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace)

New Hassett Express Employees with Welcome Bags from the Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership

New Hassett Express Employees with Welcome Bags from the Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership

“The Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership (EDP) and our local municipalities have worked diligently to ensure that we offer a supportive, business-friendly environment in which businesses can thrive and grow,” said EDP Council Chairman and Graycor Treasurer Tom Midura. “Our promotion of policies that build commerce and reduce business costs and that support timely and efficient building, zoning, permitting and signage processes has resulted in continued economic growth for Greater Oak Brook. We are now beginning additional new efforts to address the community’s emerging transportation, infrastructure and tourism needs to make sure we continue to grow and compete.”

The Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership Council has organized a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee made up of property and business owners who will examine Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace vehicle and pedestrian access, and employee transportation needs to and from area train stations to local employment sites.

For more information about this new Chamber committee and its work, please contact Tracy Mulqueen at tmulqueen@obchamber.com or at 708-560-5271.

 


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The scary things we all learned at the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Forum

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calendarSunday, 31 July
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Chamber Board Chairman Dan Wagner (far left) and Bob Knott, SWC Technology Partners CEO and Moderator (far right) and speakers left to right: Vince Voci, US Chamber of Commerce, National Security and Emergency Preparedness; Larry Wojcik, Ace Hardware; Bennett Cikoch Ace Hardware; Bob Kuminara, Millennium Trust; and Brad Adams, Graycor

The Chamber’s first Cybersecurity Forum, presented by the Banking and Financial Services Committee on May 16 at the Le Meridien, was intriguing, enlightening, and disturbing. Here are just a few of the things our business audience learned at the forum and that are highlighted in SWC Technology Partners’ article, PHISHING for an Unwitting Accomplice:

  • – Cybersecurity incidents have risen 38% among all businesses since 2014; 64% for mid-size companies
  • – The vast majority of cyber attacks are via “phishing’ emails, in which attackers send emails that look like regular business or social emails to employees to “hook” someone into responding
  • – These phishing attacks may be mass emails appealing to a wide audience, disguised as a communication from a reputable source like PayPal, Facebook or UPS; one employee click is all an attacker needs to access a user’s login credentials
  • – Advanced phishing involves sending emails to employees who have access to sensitive information or systems, using lookalike domains that appear to be legitimate; these attacks can result in very serious financial loss for companies, including wire transfer fraud
  • – 97% of employees can’t spot these phishing emails
  • – 63% of employees have compromised or forgotten a password and exposed their companies to attacks
  • – Mid-size U.S. companies have reported an estimated average annual financial loss of $1.8 million per company, but the loss is much higher, as up to 70% of attacks go undetected
  • – Smaller companies are usually unable to register such incidents as a threat until it is too late to reduce the risk
  • – 60% of small businesses close within six months of a cyberattack

What can a company do?

SWC Technology Partners recommends establishing a systematic, holistic approach that leverages not only technology, but behavioral training for employees. To help companies set up preventive cybersecurity systems, SWC “pressure tests” a company to establish a baseline for how it responds to simulated attacks. They then identify the highest risk areas to learn what type of information would have been compromised in an attack. Next, SWC sets up a user awareness training program for employees on how to reduce risk in these areas.

Here are additional cybersecurity guidance links from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

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The U.S. Chamber and Illinois Chamber of Commerce will host a statewide Cybersecurity Conference in Schaumberg on June 28, 2016. For information, please click here.


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Thank you, Governor Rauner!

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calendarWednesday, 27 July

Businesses in Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace appreciate the cooperation and support of our municipal staff and elected officials and the productive working relationships we have through the Economic Development Partnership of Greater Oak Brook. This partnership helps ensure the commercial and residential economic viability and success of both communities.

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Governor Bruce Rauner

Governor Rauner has been working to create similar cooperation between businesses and government on the State level. He knows what our local businesses know: that government must understand what businesses need to succeed and must be responsive to those needs; and, that businesses in turn must be engaged with their communities to help address community needs.

As such, since his election Governor Rauner’s chief executive performance has been an exemplar for both businesses and government organizations. Almost immediately he instilled a surprising new culture of operational excellence and exceptional customer service throughout the State’s agencies — for both businesses and residents. Today, it’s a real pleasure to call all our State offices.

This new State agency culture is especially evident at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Today, when a company considering Illinois for its corporate location contacts DCEO, that company is respectfully and enthusiastically greeted by staff at every level and carefully supported through each step of the process for licensing, tax questions, business planning, and more.

Going a fantastic step further, Governor Rauner has also worked to build the State’s first private economic development corporation, the same model we have in place and appreciate here in Greater Oak Brook. This new private State entity, the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation, will work more closely with businesses to understand how they need to operate and what State government can do, itself, to work more efficiently on behalf of businesses. As we know on the local level, this type of partnership is the best way to invigorate commerce and grow a strong economy.

Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Partnership Council April 2016 Meeting

Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Partnership Council
April 2016 Meeting

The Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership Council met DCEO’s Chief of Staff Anthony Esposito at its April meeting and learned more about the planned purpose and structure of this new private economic development corporation. Legislation establishing this new entity is working its way through the General Assembly. Please check the Chamber’s legislative alerts posts for updates at www.obchamber.com.


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Chamber EDP Council discusses McDonald’s relocation to Chicago

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calendarTuesday, 26 July

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There was vigorous discussion at the Chamber’s recent Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Council meeting regarding the McDonald’s exit from Oak Brook and the need for the Village of Oak Brook to be more responsive to new development trends, including multi-use developments that include apartments for younger families. The Village has responded with some very positive plans to address many of the concerns expressed during this meeting.

Village President Gopal Lalmalani has re-established the formerly named Commercial Revitalization and Streetscapes Committees into a new Community Enhancement Committee. The committee includes key commercial and resident participation. In addition to having input regarding the Village’s ongoing commercial development efforts, the committee will also work with an urban planning consultant, hired by the Village, to help prepare and position the village for its future workforce needs, which includes the possible development of condos.

For more information about this new Committee or the EDP Council, please contact Tracy Mulqueen at 708-560-5271 or tmulqueen@obchamber.com.


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