Economic Development Commission


Meetings


The seven members of the Economic Development Commission meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. Their meeting place is on the second floor of Village Hall.

Meeting Dates


  • January 18, 2017
  • February 15, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • April 19, 2017
  • May 17, 2017
  • June 21, 2017
  • July 19, 2017
  • August 16, 2017
  • September 20, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • November 15, 2017
  • December 20, 2017

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meeting. Minutes are available after approval.
All Agendas
 
Note: If there are business related issues that you would like to discuss, please call 630-430-4300, so we can add your issue to the agenda.

Commission Members


  • Nat Rosasco, Chair
  • Anthony Oddo
  • Dave Casey
  • Ben Gulino
  • Larry Calvert
  • Ghada Abdelhafez-Fahmy
  • Michael Pesola

Responsibilities


The Economic Development Commission prepares and recommends to the Village Board procedures for the planning, execution, and implementation of business district plans, including plans for development of adjacent areas to provide for the housing, social and recreational needs of the business district. 

The Economic Development Department serves as the centralized information source for all economic development activities within the village. The director develops and implements economic development programs and strategies, with the objective of assisting businesses in starting, expanding, locating, and relocating within the village.

Duties


Powers and duties include; acting as an agent for the village for the purposes of business district development and redevelopment, collecting information on opportunities for business and investment in the village, preparing pamphlets explaining opportunities, outlining village regulations relating to energy conservation and environmental protection, assisting the Village Board to expand the tax base, and assisting in plans to increase the opportunity for village residents to obtain local employment.

Mission Statement


The mission of the Villa Park Economic Development Commission is to enhance the existing Business Community, attract new business, and encourage development and redevelopment of commercial building sites to increase the Village's tax base, improve the quality of life for its residents and serve as a conduit between the Business Community in Villa Park and Municipal Government.

2017 Goals for Economic Development Commission


1. Define a geographical "Downtown" District for Villa Park.
2. Develop a strategy to increase communication to the existing business community and increase efforts to attract new businesses that will develop and redevelop commercial sites.
3. Identify local municipalities similar in population to Villa Park that have vibrant, economically successful business districts that Villa Park could emulate.