Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Board of Directors

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the board members from our DNA Board of Directors. Through proactive advocacy, volunteerism, fundraising and promotion, the DNA Board carries out the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin’s mission, which is as follows:

– Market Downtown as the cultural, civic, and symbolic center of the community and support activities and special events that maintain Downtown’s economic role in the community

– Retain and enhance Downtown’s locally owned, small business community to serve both resident and visitor needs, to promote sustainability (shop local), and to maintain Downtown’s unique character

– Maintain and enhance Downtown’s burgeoning mix of dining establishments, entertainment venues and other cultural opportunities

– Market the unique character and adaptability of Downtown’s available properties; incent and assist property owners with façade improvements and other aesthetic enhancements

– Lay the foundation for retail redevelopment via an aggressive recruitment and marketing strategy aimed at small to mid-size “creative class” businesses and organizations

– Continue to diversify the DNA’s portfolio of revenue streams by adding more sustainable revenue streams over the next 2-3 years

Several board members also serve on the DNA’s Organization (Org) Committee, which establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in our downtown. By getting everyone working toward the same goal, DNA can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for our downtown. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of the community, DNA is able to incorporate a wide range of perspectives into our downtown revitalization efforts.

DNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Karin Jones – President (Org)
Tom Brockner – Vice President (Org)
Jerri McCue – Treasurer (Org)
Deirdre White – Secretary
Aaron Cosentino
Armida Dominguez (Org)
Traci Ellis
Elizabeth Haney
Chris Higgins
Grace Richard
Butch Stege

We thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service. In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Economic Development Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our DNA Economic Development Committee.

Under the direction of Economic Development Director Don Obenauf, the Economic Development Committee discusses plans to strengthen our downtown community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills or business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Working with our downtown property owners and managers on converting unused or underused commercial space into economically producitve property also helps boost the profitability of the Central Business District. The committee’s goal is to build a downtown that responds to the needs of today’s consumers, ensuring the success of our existing businesses and growing the district’s economic base with additional customers and new, sustainable businesses.

Among the projects the Economic Development Committee are currently working on include developing an ongoing series of broker tours of available spaces in downtown Elgin and streamlining processes for City assistance programs such as the projecting sign and facade rehabilitation grants.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Migdalia Bishop
Tom Brockner
Sybil Ege
Pete Garlock
Elizabeth Haney
Chris Higgins
Paul Miessler
Jeanette Miranda
Orlando Miranda
Mike O’Kelley
Ed Schock

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.