Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - May 17, 2012

Village of Gurnee
Economic Development Committee Minutes
May 17, 2012

The meeting was held in Conference Room A, Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road and called to order at 6:00 P.M.

Members Present: Trustee Steven Park, Randy Ebertowski, Rob Elbrecht, Bill Finn, Tom Henderson, Brad Jenks, Roneida Martin, Karen Thorstenson (arrived at 6:50 p.m.), Dick Welton

Members Absent: None

Other Officials Present: David Ziegler, Community Development Director; Ryan Mentkowski, Associate Planner

1. Approval of the April 19, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Mr. Welton made a motion, seconded by Mr. Finn, to approve the April 19, 2012 meeting minutes which incorporates the amendment to the wording in item #4 on page 1 of the minutes.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

2. Education Item: Workforce and Professional Development Institute (WPDI) Update
Ms. Roneida Martin made a presentation about the existing programs offered by WPDI of the College of Lake County which provides training, consulting and cutting-edge courses for businesses, professionals and the community.  She also went over the new products that are available from the WPDI including:  distracted driving business solutions; logistics operations solutions; and wellness 2.0.

3. Education Item: Gurnee Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Brad Jenks, Chairman of the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce provided a brief presentation about the history of the Chamber and current happenings of the Chamber.  He stated that they started from scratch about three years ago and now has over 200 members.  He stated they are working on business maps that identify community attractions in the Village for people who may be from out of town (tourists). He stated that they just published their 2012-13 community guides and that it was delivered via mail to all of the Village households and is also available as an interactive guide. 

Mr. Jenks then stated that they are growing so much that they are reaching a plateau point within the Chamber and that they will most likely need new/additional support from the community to assist with staffing a larger Chamber.  He stated that a good example of a strong local chamber of commerce is the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce which has approximately 800 members.

The Committee lastly discussed conceptual ideas as to how the Village could possibly partner with the Chamber of Commerce, specifically regarding funding mechanisms that may support their day to day operations.

No formal action taken.

4. Old Business:  Workshop to finalize the list of the Village of Gurnee’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
Mr. Mentkowski and the Committee discussed each point of the proposed weaknesses of the Village of Gurnee and amended, added or removed weaknesses as recommended by the Committee, including the following:
• Consolidation and addition of weaknesses within the “economic development policy” sub-section.
• Consolidation and addition of weaknesses within the “financial” sub-section.
• Consolidation and addition of weaknesses within the “development base topics” sub-section.
• Addition of weaknesses within the “location assets topics” sub-section.
• Consolidation and addition of weaknesses within the “employment” sub-section.

No formal action taken.  However, the Committee will take up the remaining pieces of this analysis at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

5. Adjournment
Trustee Park asked for motion to adjourn.

Mr. Elbrecht made a motion, seconded by Mr. Jenks, to adjourn.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:49 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:
Ryan Mentkowski
Economic Development Committee Secretary

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