Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - July 19, 2012

Village of Gurnee

Economic Development Committee Minutes

July 19, 2012


The meeting was held in Conference Room A, Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road and called to order at 6:03 P.M. by Chairman Stephen Park.

Members Present: Trustee Stephen Park, Rob Elbrecht, Tom Henderson, Brad Jenks, Roneida Martin, Karen Thorstenson, Dick Welton

Members Absent: Randy Ebertowski, Bill Finn

Other Officials Present: Ryan Mentkowski, Associate Planner

1. Approval of the June 21, 2012 Meeting Minutes

Ms. Martin made a motion, seconded by Mr. Elbrecht, to approve the June 21, 2012 meeting minutes, as presented.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

2. Old Business: Continuation of Workshop to Finalize and Restructure the List of the Village of Gurnee’s Strengths, Opportunities and Threats

Chairman Park discussed what the Committee was looking to accomplish at tonight’s meeting (as summarized in the staff memo). The workshop was done to help the Committee to determine what policies the Village could target for Economic Development purposes.

In summary, the Committee took the previously drafted list of strengths and weaknesses from the SWOT analysis and  reorganized items that were repetitive or unnecessary. The Committee then defined these reorganized items as a “Fact”, “Policy” or “Fact/Policy”. Following the determination of the “Policy” items, the Committee preliminarily ranked the top 3 “Policy” items they believe the Village could target. The ranked items were as follows: Business Attraction/Retention; lack of Economic Development Department; zoning/permitting; infrastructure; and narrow fields of revenue (to fund the Village).

The Committee agreed to finalize the opportunities and threats portion of the SWOT analysis at the August 2012 meeting because there was not adequate time remaining at the meeting to discuss both items in full detail.

No formal action taken.

3. Agenda Items for Next Meeting Date: August 16, 2012

Chairman Park noted that the next “Education” item would be a presentation by Gurnee Mills Representative and Committee member Randy Ebertowski at the September 2012 meeting. The change from the August meeting to the September meeting was to ensure Mr. Ebertowski had enough time to prepare a presentation for the Committee.

Chairman Park stated that the SWOT opportunities and threats would be wrapped up at the next meeting in August. This will allow the Committee to identify priorities and then determine how each priority could be accomplished and the cost-benefits of each priority.

4. Adjournment

Chairman Park asked for motion to adjourn.

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

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Ryan Mentkowski
Economic Development Committee Secretary

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