Skokie creates economic development commission
Updated: January 21, 2013 3:14PM
Skokie is poised to create its first economic development commission in January.
A new ordinance introduced to the Village Board Monday and slated for a final vote Jan. 7 would form the commission. Village Trustees Michele Bromberg and Pramod Shah have been working to help set up the commission for about a year, Mayor George Van Dusen said. Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie President Randy Miles, Shalom Klein of the Dempster Street Merchants Association and Skokie Chamber of Commerce President Howard Meyer also were part of planning the commission.
Under the proposed ordinance, the commission would make recommendations on matters relating to the improvement of sound economic growth and business development in the village.
The commission would examine opportunities for “fostering an attractive climate for businesses” within the village relating to both existing and potential new businesses. It also would recommend additional steps and measures to promote economic growth by retaining businesses and attracting new commerce and industry.
The commission’s charge would be to work with village elected officials and staff to “realize appropriate goals relating to sound business practices and better employment opportunities.”
The Skokie Chamber of Commerce has already had an economic development committee for nearly two years. ~.