Evanston business and political leaders gathered this evening at 820 Davis St. to mark the 24th anniversary of the opening of the Technology Innovation Center.

Chamber of Commerce President-elect Dan Mennemeyer, in leather jacket, speaks with Jim Corirossi of the Downtown Residents Association.

The center has worked with more than 300 technology companies. The not-for-profit helps very early stage technology-based businesses grow, and was recently identified by Forbes.com as one of 10 technology incubators changing the world.

Downtown Evanston Executive Director Carolyn Dellutri talks with Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, Evanston Community Foundation President Sara Schastok (back to camera) and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl at the anniversary celebration.

Firms that have graduated from the incubator program include online grocer Peapod and the Evanston-based online marketing firm Leapfrog Online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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