• HIGHLIGHTS Chamber's unofficial notes from 01.12.18 River Forest Council of Governments Luncheon

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    Meeting Name:  Council of Governments, River Forest

    Meeting Date: Wed., Jan. 12 @12pm

    Meeting Location: D90 Lincoln School


    Type of Meeting: Informal Leadership Group / Information Sharing


    Led by: Rotating Hosts; This meedting was led by D90 Board of Education President Ralph Martire and Superintendent Ed Condon


    Chamber of Commerce Representative in Attendance: Cathy Yen, Executive Director


    Caveat: This document reflects the Chamber representative's own personal notes and highlights of the meeting as they pertain to the business community.  There are no offficial meeting minutes as this is not a public meeting.

    Attending: Representatives from: Village of River Forest, River Forest Park District, River Forest Public Library, River Forest Township, River Forest Community Center, Dominican University, Concordia University, Triton College, OPRF Chamber of Commerce. Unable to attend this meeting: District 200


    Chamber’s notes from the meeting:

    On Friday, January, representatives from various government and public leadership organizations met to share priorities.  Information provided is all publicly available information that has been posted on the various organizations' websites and/or in their formal communications and public meetings.  A few notes relevant to the business community:
    • Chicago Avenue from Harlem to Thatcher will be resurfaced in 2018
    • The River Forest Police Department will soon be holding community meetings regarding safety
    • Switch to LED lighting has saved significant money for VRF; the library is doing the same
    • Development in progress at Lake and Lathrop
    • Development proposals received for Lake and Park; they will be reviewed and debated in the coming months
    • Proposal to build a senior living facility at Chicago and Harlem (TCF Bank site)
    • Dominican continuing its partnership with Wednesday Journal Conversations series
    • Sponsorships sold through River Forest Park District generally sell out quickly
    • Village of River Forest purchased the Lutheran Children & Family Services building on Madison.
    • Work on a TIF district for North Avenue continues.
    Each organization (including the Chamber) had the opportunity to share its current news, priorities and schedules.  The bullet points above reflect a handful of items that might interest local businesses. 

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