Trustee: ‘We want to get this town up and running’

By on March 12, 2010

Downtown business revitalization is goal
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Village officials want to help improve and promote downtown Maple Park by collaborating with local businesses.

“We want them to know that we want to get this town up and running and that we are not ignoring them,” trustee Pat Lunardon said.

Lunardon took a first step toward that goal recently, obtaining permission from Old Second Bank officials for local businesses to post a sign on the bank’s property at Route 38 and County Line Road directing people north to the center of Maple Park.

“I truly believe people drive through (on Route 38) and have no clue there is a downtown,” Lunardon said.

To make downtown Maple Park a more vital destination, village officials intend to work with current business owners on improvement strategies and with prospective owners on start-up issues.

Village officials’ next step is to host a business workshop on March 23. The event is open to the public and will feature speakers from agencies that help businesses through education and other assistance.

In addition, village officials will be present to talk to people about strategies for downtown revitalization. The event will include a review of economic development activity in Maple Park and a discussion of programs and policies affecting local businesses.

“We thought it would be great if people could sit down together and talk about these issues,” Lunardon said.

Trustee Suzanne Fahnestock, who helped arrange for the workshop presentations, said the speakers will focus on a variety of topics including financing, productivity, business plans, resources and technology.

“That kind of information could be very helpful for businesses in Maple Park,” Fahnestock said.

Local Business Workshop

Tuesday, March 23 • 7 p.m.
Maple Park Civic Center
upstairs board room

Guest Speakers:
Bill McNew, Kane County Dept.
of Employment and Education; Colleen Aeppli, 1st Institute Training and Management; and
Harriet Parker, Waubonsee
Community College Small Business
Development Center

Questions? Call (815) 827-3309