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Business and Economic Development Advisory Group

City Hall 
1707 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035

2024 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, January 23
Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, May 28
Tuesday, June 25
Tuesday, September 24
Tuesday, October 22

Agendas and Minutes


Josh Nanus, Chair
Chris Falcon, Vice Chair
Dano Bartolai
Irwin Bernstein
Larry Bloom 
Linda Center
Stephanie B. Kerch
Kenneth Latimer
Stephen R. Miller
Maxwell Verhey
Lori Dekalo, Chamber of Commerce, Ex Officio
Lyla Goldman, Student Representative
Hannah Kee, Student Representative

Jeff Hoobler, City Council Liaison
Annette Lidawer, Alternate Council Liaison

Carolyn Hersch, Staff Liaison 


  • Business Development Organizations

The Business and Economic Development Advisory Group has the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Supports community programs that promote City business and economic development;
  • Provides advisory recommendations related to the Business Development Strategic Plan;
  • Provides advisory recommendations related to projects, programs, or policies the City is pursuing related to business and economic activity; and
  • Provides assistance with business development outreach and communications.

Beautification Award
The Mayor's Beautification Awards recognize businesses that have enhanced their storefronts and created a welcoming atmosphere that invites and attracts prospective customers with pleasing aesthetics. Award recipients go above and beyond to improve the visual appeal of their property and serve as an example to all businesses and property owners within Highland Park to remain committed to beautifying our community.
Submit a Nomination

2023 Beautification Award Recipient
Walled Lake Wealth Management - 600 Elm Place


2022 Beautification Award Recipients
Hillco owned Businesses:
Beanstalk, Sprout Kids, Wild Willow, Harper & Ash, Central Cafe & Central Boutique, 654-678 Central Avenue

2022 Award Winners

Business Recognition Awards
Business Recognitions Awards honor those businesses that have been part of the community for over 50 years.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Hersch, staff liaison to the Business and Economic Development Advisory Group, at 847.926.1027 or by

Information about the former Business and Economic Development Commission can be found here