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Business and Economic Development Commission


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

  • For more information, please contact staff liaison Carolyn Hersch at 847.926.1027 or at chersch@cityhpil.com

 
Resources
  

 
 Members 
  • Katherine M. Wiswald, Chair - Term expires 2021*
  • Sheryl Oberman, Vice Chair - Term expires 2019
  • Amy Amdur - Term expires 2019*
  • Paul Cox - Term expires 2021               
  • Leslie Lipin - Term expires 2021*
  • David A. Smith - Term expires 2019*

*May be re-appointed to an additional four-year term.

  • Ginny Glasner, Chamber of Commerce Representative
  • Alyssa Knobel, City Council Liaison
  • Carolyn Hersch, Staff Liaison
  • Adam Kalman, Student Commissioner
   
Responsibilities
The Business and Economic Development Commission consists of seven voting members: Residents with business expertise, one City Council liaison, and one representative of the Chamber of Commerce.

The BEDC is empowered hereby to review, advise and make recommendations to the City Council regarding any or all projects being undertaken in the commercial, industrial, and residential/office zoning districts of promotes and fosters business and development in the City of Highland Park in an advisory capacity to the City Council. 

The purpose of the BEDC is to: (1) prepare and recommend to the City Council development programs which are designed to achieve the goals and objectives of the City's official Master Plan that pertains to economic restructuring and development within goals in the community's commercial, industrial, and residential/office zoning districts; and (2) complete any other related tasks as may be directed to the BEDC by the City Council. 

Make recommendations to the City Council concerning plans, projects, and actions to enhance the beauty of the City of Highland Park through its business districts, neighborhoods, and gateways. 

The plans, projects and actions which constitute the BEDC's recommended development program need not be directly related to a goal or objective set forth in the Master Plan so long as such plans, projects or actions are, in the BEDC's view, reasonably likely to foster economic development in the City's commercial, industrial, and residential/office zoning districts. Projects of the BEDC may include recommendations regarding, but are not limited to, commercial and office developments, industrial developments, and other mixed use developments, or any other tasks as may be directed to the BEDC by the City Council. 

The BEDC may hold public hearings as deemed necessary to seek public input on projects under review by the BEDC. 
  
For more information, please contact Carolyn Hersch, staff liaison to the Business and Economic Development Commission, at 847.926.1027 or by chersch@cityhpil.com.

Awards

Beautification Awards

The Beautification Award recognizes Highland Park property owners and business owners that have made improvements to enhance visual appeal consistent with the environment and the community.  

2017 Beautification Award Recipients


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

2017 Business Recognition Award Recipients