About DNA 2018-04-27T17:40:40+00:00

IT’S YOUR CITY. IT’S YOUR DNA.

IT’S YOUR CITY.
IT’S YOUR DNA.

WELCOME TO THE DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION OF ELGIN

The DNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing Downtown Elgin. Our mission and strategic plan encompass a vast array of objectives strategically selected to enhance and sustain our vibrant city center. The DNA team is tasked with working towards the key pillars of our organization as outlined in our mission statement. We are dedicated to this mission, our goals and objectives and have promised to work on behalf of every Downtown Elgin business owner, property owner, stakeholder and resident in conjunction with our City leaders, partner organizations and DNA members.

  • Economic Development
    The DNA actively recruits new businesses to vacant downtown properties. It supports existing businesses through education, grant opportunities and strategic partnerships. It advocated for pro-growth city policies at the advisement of businesses and property owners. These initiatives facilitate long-term, sustainable and vibrant businesses in Downtown Elgin.

  • Community Building & Collaboration
    The DNA brings together businesses, property owners, city officials, community members and other key stake holders to collaborate, partner and build a thriving downtown community.

  • Perception & Promotion
    The DNA works with the city and other organizations to promote all that Elgin has to offer. It gets the word out about our great city through marketing and special events. It helps to manage the image and perception of Downtown Elgin (and by default the city as a whole) through the press and other media outlets.

  • Beautification & Physical Enhancement
    The DNA is an advocate for the preservation the rich heritage of Downtown Elgin. DNA champions the city’s cultural diversity, historic architecture and best in class urban design, thereby enhancing its artistic character and forward thinking ideals.

WELCOME TO THE DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION OF ELGIN

The DNA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing Downtown Elgin. Our mission and strategic plan encompass a vast array of objectives strategically selected to enhance and sustain our vibrant city center. The DNA team is tasked with working towards the key pillars of our organization as outlined in our mission statement. We are dedicated to this mission, our goals and objectives and have promised to work on behalf of every Downtown Elgin business owner, property owner, stakeholder and resident in conjunction with our City leaders, partner organizations and members.

  • Economic Development
    The DNA actively recruits new businesses to vacant downtown properties. It supports existing businesses through education, grant opportunities and strategic partnerships. It advocated for pro-growth city policies at the advisement of businesses and property owners. These initiatives facilitate long-term, sustainable and vibrant businesses in Downtown Elgin.

  • Community Building & Collaboration
    The DNA brings together businesses, property owners, city officials, community members and other key stake holders to collaborate, partner and build a thriving downtown community.

  • Perception & Promotion
    The DNA works with the city and other organizations to promote all that Elgin has to offer. It gets the word out about our great city through marketing and special events. It helps to manage the image and perception of Downtown Elgin (and by default the city as a whole) through the press and other media outlets.

  • Beautification & Physical Enhancement
    The DNA is an advocate for the preservation the rich heritage of Downtown Elgin. DNA champions the city’s cultural diversity, historic architecture and best in class urban design, thereby enhancing its artistic character and forward thinking ideals.

OUR TEAM. YOUR CITY. THE CAUSE.

Your DNA team is dedicated to supporting every business in Downtown Elgin.
Our board leadership, employees, volunteers and supporting members are each 100% dedicated to promoting Downtown Elgin.

Your Dedicated DNA Staff

Jennifer Fukala
Jennifer FukalaExecutive Director
Jennifer Arndt
Jennifer ArndtMarketing Coordinator
Christina Gonzales
Christina GonzalesEvents & Promotions Coordinator
Suzan Shipyor
Suzan ShipyorAdministrative Assistant

Our Visionary Board Members

Aaron Sellers
Aaron SellersBoard President
Elgin Resident Since 1989 & Elgin Community College Instructor
Patricia Williams
Patricia WilliamsVice President
Board Member for Elgin Community Network & Elgin Hispanic Network
Benjamin Glunz
Benjamin GlunzTreasurer
Angularis Technologies, Downtown Elgin Property Owner & Resident
Betsy Kuhn
Betsy KuhnSecretary
Elgin Knit Works & Elgin Resident
Tom Brockner
Tom BrocknerDirector
Tom’s Auto Clinic Owner & Elgin Resident
Dustin Goode
Dustin GoodeDirector
Downtown Resident & Strategic Planning Committee Member
Amanda Harris
Amanda HarrisDirector
Head of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission & Board Member of Side Street Studio Arts
Mark Novelli
Mark NovelliDirector
Imago Creative Studios Owner & Elgin Resident
Don Pielin
Don PielinDirector
Downtown Elgin Property Owner & Elgin History Museum Board Member

Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin


10 N. Spring Street, Elgin, IL 60120
847-488-1456
info@DowntownElgin.com