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Viewpoint: Chamber backs city budget cuts

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce endorses the basic principles of the proposed 2010-11 City of Evanston budget.
As business owners, we understand first-hand the difficult financial decisions that confront the City Council. We have had to make these same types of decisions in the last year which have resulted in layoffs, cutbacks, and other serious measures.

AT&T boxes needed for city's future

Today, when cities like Evanston discuss the need for infrastructure improvements, the talk is not limited to the conventions of bridges, roads, and water and sewer pipes. More often, included in that discussion is the state of a community’s electronic infrastructure.

For it is those pipes of bandwidth and those roadways of data bytes that will determine whether Evanston successfully builds a bridge to the 21st Century or whether Evanston will have a bridge to nowhere.

Chamber sees resilience in Evanston

In my 16 years with The Evanston Chamber, I have had the good fortune to be living and working in a country that has experienced almost continuous economic growth since 1992. The only blip was in 2001, when for nine months, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the U.S. economy did slip into a defined recession.

Open letter to Rep. Julie Hamos

Dear State Representative Hamos:

On behalf of the 650 member companies of The Evanston Chamber of Commerce and their 25,000 employees, I want to personally thank you for your tremendous leadership, perseverance, and courage in forging a financial solution for the Regional Transportation Agency and its operating agencies.  The legislative road was strewn with broken ties, tired engines, and third rails but you remained stationed in your principals and goals.

Public interest program seeks host groups

The Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP) is a fellowship program that places graduating Northwestern seniors in public interest jobs throughout the Chicago area.

The NUPIP is designed to introduce young alumni to organizations whose missions are to create systemic social change; as well as to enable these organizations to capitalize on the Fellow’s experience, intelligence, and work ethic.

Chamber: Preserve office zoning

An increasing number of knowledge and information-based businesses now see Evanston as a competitive location for commercial activity.  Therefore, The Evanston Chamber of Commerce board passed a resolution Monday encouraging the City of Evanston to keep a valuable 130,000 square feet zoned as office space on the edge of downtown.

Chamber announces new leaders

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce announced its new officers for 2007 and welcomed six new directors to its 28-person board at the 87th Annual Meeting and Gala on April 26.

Taking over the gavel as Chamber President is Donald Huff, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch. Past President is Jesse Peterson Hall, president, Highland Park Hospital. Named as President-Elect is Jim Marsh, principal, Grotto Communications, Inc. The Treasurer is Randy Usen, senior vice president, First Bank & Trust.

Other directors on the Executive Committee are:

Chamber opposes downtown moratorium

(The Chamber of Commerce has sent the following open letter to Evanston's aldermen.)

We are writing to state our opposition to the proposed 180-day moratorium on the issuance of downtown building permits. For the last 15 years, Evanston has experienced physical growth in its downtown with significant new residential, some new retail spaces, a new hotel, numerous dining establishments, new entertainment venues, and marvelous public spaces.

Chamber to honor local leaders at gala

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will honor Frank Kaminski, director of security at Evanston Township High School and former Evanston police chief, with its Community Leadership Award; Glenn Moak, owner of Duxler Complete Car Care, with the Small Businessperson of the Year Award; and Don Baker, executive director, Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. with its new Public Service/Nonprofit Person of the Year Award at its 87th Annual Gala, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26,  at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.