Romeoville Economic Development Commission sets its goals
The Romeoville Economic Development Commission met Thursday, Feb. 25.
The Economic Development Commission assists the village in the creation of a long-term economic development strategy, designed to spur economic growth, enhance opportunities for Romeoville businesses and industries, encourage new job creation and investment, of of which is consistent with the preservation of the village’s quality of life and environment.
Here are the minutes as provided by Romeoville:
ROMEOVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
February 25, 2016
Mistwood Golf Course
1700 W. Renwick Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
Voting Members Present
Rick DiPego, Steve Caton, Linda Sanfilippo, Nancy Baldwin, Paul Binks, Chris Lawson,Brian Andersen, Diane Nowacyk, Marty Hanley, Mark Link, Laurie Gilbert, Tom White
Voting Members Absent
Gigi Cohen, John Kochan
Ad-Hoc Members Present
Derek Kinder, Jim Bourdouris
Non-Voting Members Present
Dawn Caldwell, Asst. Village Manager, Steve Gulden, Village Manager, Josh Potter, Asst. Com. Dev. Director, Trustee Ken Griffin, Village Liaison
Non-voting Members Absent:
Mayor John Noak, Steve Rockwell, Dev. Dir.
EDC Chairman Rick DiPego called the meeting to order at 11:10 am. A healthy quorum was present for the meeting! Chairman DiPego thanked everyone for attending this workshop meeting. He stated that lunch would be served at noon.
He advised all of us to get this Master Plan done efficiently & promptly to honor former member Wayne Draudt who worked on this plan for many years.
Approval of Agenda
A motion to approve the agenda was made by Nancy Baldwin. Marty Hanley seconded the motion. Motion carried.
A motion to approve the minutes of the November 19, 2015 meeting was made by Chris Lawson and seconded by Paul Banks. Motion carried.
Village Updates – Josh Potter, Steve Rockwell & Steve Gulden
There were no updates presented at this meeting. However, an update from January 19, 2016 is attached to the minutes.
Review of the Master Plan – Steve Gulden
Village Manager Steve Gulden reviewed the 2012 master plan and issued copies of “Inspirational & Collaborative Leadership” which the committee discussed.
He distributed copies of the “Economic Development Commissions Master Planning Process” which the Commission members reviewed and made additions and corrections to during the meeting. Copies are attached to the minutes.
After discussion and collaboration, the Commission set five goals for the EDC in the Master Plan. They are:
Partners with Schools & Businesses to develop a skilled workforce.
Market the Brand.
Attracting Visitors from outside of the community.
Attracting Industry, Business & Resources from outside of the community
Retain & expand existing business & create opportunities for new business
Those members volunteering to work on schools & business were: Derek Kinder, Nancy Baldwin, Diane Nowacyk & Paul Binks.
Market the Brand volunteers were: Rick DiPego, Diane Nowacyk & Brian Andersen.
Attracting Visitors outside the community were: Jim Boudouris, Mark Link & Laurie Gilbert.
Attracting Industry, Business & Resources from outside of the community volunteer were: Steve Caton, Tom White & Trustee Ken Griffin.
Retain & Expand Existing Business & Create Opportunities for New Business, volunteers were: Marty Hanley, Chris Lawson & Linda Sanfilippo.
Members who were not at the meeting will chose which group they want to work with.
Village staff members will work on all the committees.
Groups can schedule their own meeting dates & time, but are to inform Asst. Village Manager Dawn Caldwell and EDC Secretary Linda Sanfilippo of the date & time, so others can attend if they so desire.
Mr. Gulden noted that once the master plan is approved by the Mayor and Village Board, The plan will be reviewed every three years by this Commission.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Tom White and seconded by Chris Lawson. Motion carried. Chairman DiPego adjourned the meeting at 1:45 pm.
Rick DiPego, Chairman
Minutes Recorded by: Linda Sanfilippo, EDC Secretary