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  • The Downers Grove Golf Club remains a treasured regional golf course after 125 years.The site that was chosen to build the first Chicago Golf Club was a 60-acre stock farm owned by A. Haddow Smith. A.H. Smith was a Lanarkshire golfer who had immigrated in 1890 to the United States from Musselburgh, Scotland.

    The Downers Grove Golf Club remains a treasured regional golf course after 125 years.The site that was chosen to build the first Chicago Golf Club was a 60-acre stock farm owned by A. Haddow Smith. A.H. Smith was a Lanarkshire golfer who had immigrated in 1890 to the United States from Musselburgh, Scotland.
    Photo courtesy Downers Grove Park District

  • Michel Cassa

    Michel Cassa

  • Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comTivoli Theatre, for the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce Guide.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comTivoli Theatre, for the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce Guide.



 

Q: What is the main goal or mission of the Downers Grove Visitors Bureau and the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation?

A: The mission of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation is to enhance the economic vitality of the Village of Downers Grove through the retention, expansion and attraction of business that is conducive to improving the quality of life in Downers Grove.

And the mission and main goal of the Downers Grove Visitors Bureau is to promote and facilitate travel, dining and entertainment spending in Downers Grove with a focus and emphasis on overnight stays.

Q: What are business people in your industry talking about? What's trending?

A: Technology has dramatically changed the way companies manage their real estate. Here are some examples: the concept of collaborative work areas has changed the amount of floor space that office tenants require. More companies have reduced the number of individual offices in favor of shared work space. This means that office tenants no longer need the same amount of square footage on a per employee basis. Another example is the retail sector. Consumers are making more of their purchases on-line and not inside bricks-and-mortar stores. As a result, retailers are reducing the number and size of their stores.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your past experience in the industry?

A: I have been a professional economic developer for 25 years. I started my career in Michigan where I was director of business development for the economic development group of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce.

From 1998 to 2011, I served as executive director of the Oswego Economic Development Corporation and the Oswego Visitors Bureau. In 2011, I became President and CEO of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation and the Downers Grove Visitors Bureau.

I serve as a board member of the Illinois Economic Development Association.

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