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Village Announces New Economic Development Council

The mission of the council will be to target and attract business to Glen Ellyn.

Last fall, the Village of Glen Ellyn created the Process Improvement Team, a panel with the goal of making it easier for businesses to open in town.

Now, the village has announced the creation of an Economic Development Council, whose mission it will be to target and attract business.

“We have made great progress over the last few years,” Glen Ellyn’s Village President Mark Pfefferman said in a news release. “The village reacts well to opportunity. The council will help us be more proactive.”

The council will meet monthly through June, according to the village. Members are expected to do research and be active participants in recruiting outside of the meetings. Members include residents Robert Duncan, Jodi Herbold, Grant Kief, Molly Manzella, Gary Mayo and Paul O'Neill. In addition, Village Manager Mark Franz and Economic Development Coordinator Martha Corner will also serve on the council.

According to the village, the mission of the Economic Development Council is: To brainstorm and follow through on Glen Ellyn’s economic development opportunities in a targeted manner, noting key learnings for future success along the way.

“Economic Development is a partnership,” added Franz. “The Chamber of Commerce, Alliance of Downtown, the Glen Ellyn Planning and Development Department and all existing businesses, governments and organizations in the Village play a role.”

The village is encouraging residents to submit questions or comments. Residents may submit questions online on the village’s website or by calling 630-469-5000.

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