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Business and Economic Development Advisory Group

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

2022 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, February 1
Tuesday, April 26 
Tuesday, June 28
Tuesday, October 25 - Cancelled

Agendas and Minutes


Bruno Di Martino, Chair
Josh Nanus, Vice Chair
Dano Bartolai
Irwin Bernstein
Larry Bloom 
Linda Center
Christopher Falcon
Stephanie B. Kerch
Kenneth Latimer
Leslie Lipin
Stephen R. Miller
Lee Rosenberg
Katherine M. Wiswald
Ginny Glasner, Chamber of Commerce, Ex Officio
Ava Edelman, Student Representative
Adam Stolberg, City Council Liaison
Carolyn Hersch, Staff Liaison 



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

2021 Beautification Award Recipients

Bright Bowls, 777 Central Avenue
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Dr. Jessica Cohen Orthodontics, 1775 St. Johns Avenue
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Mixed-Use Development:
Ravinia Crossing, 555 Roger Williams Avenue
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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