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Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor, City of Evanston

The lifeblood of any community is its economic development. In hard economic times it is especially important.

While many communities boarded up storefronts and homes, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and an extremely hard working and talented City Council made Evanston’s economic health the focus.


Businessweek magazine has listed Evanston as one of its top 50 best cities and Forbes has listed the city in their top 25 locales for business.

Mayor Tisdahl's goal is to attract and retain high tech and renewable energy enterprises to become part of Evanston’s economy. She is also committed to creatively expanding Evanston’s tax base, because it is the driving force behind any community.

The Mayor, her staff and the Evanston City Council have all put their shoulders to the wheel. And results are in: Evanston is seeing foreclosed houses rehabbed and made available to familes. Small businesses and national chains are filling up vacant storefronts and breaking ground for new buildings.

Working with Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Mayor Tisdahl meets with and encourages start-ups that have been incubated at Northwestern University to make Evanston their headquarters.

Evanston has become the restaurant capital of the North Shore, boasts vibrant cultural and arts communities, has extensive parklands along the shores of Lake Michigan and is accessible by multiple lines of public transportation including the CTA Purple Line and the Metra.

Evanston has a dynamic downtown and industrial district. Tisdahl sees the City’s resilience around every corner.

 

“I’m always gratified to see new restaurants spring up, even in these tough economic times. It means people see Evanston as a vibrant community.”- Mayor Tisdahl

Water is the New Oil

Evanston has a great resource in Lake Michigan plus a state-of-the–art filtration and pumping facility to make award-winning water available to other suburbs. The City of Evanston is working with the Northwest Water Commission to sell water to adjacent communities, using the existing pipeline that connects Evanston to the Commission. These communities are slated to begin receiving water in late 2012.

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The City is also working with the commission on a plan to increase the flow of water currently being piped west. This greater capacity will allow new communities between Evanston and the Commission to be added as water customers. Finally, the commission is looking at moving forward with engineering plans to construct a second pipe to serve Commission members and customers.

The City is engaged in discussions with Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge and Des Plaines about providing water.

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NSP2Grant

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has seen the effort that she, Alderman Delores Holmes, and Ann Rainey, and then Alderman Lionel Jean-Bapiste put into the NSP2 grant start to pay off. Rehabilitation of scattered-site housing is moving forward and families have started to move in.

“This is exactly the outcome we had hoped for with NSP2 in that these properties would encourage Evanston residents to stay in Evanston, buy up these great new properties and help revitalize the community so hard hit by the recession and foreclosures,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Evanston begins the next phase of the NSP2 grant, mixed income townhomes. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl were joined by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-13th Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward and Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward on a tour of the proposed site of Emerson Square.

NSP2 brings more than housing to Evanston. Jobs are being created. A minimum of 25 percent of construction subcontracts are awarded to minority-owned, women-owned, or Evanston-based businesses. Photo credit: City of Evanston

Proposed Theater District

Evanston is the hands-down culinary capital of the North Shore. Aldermen Coleen Burrus and Ann Rainey want to add more economic vitality to the city by developing theater districts.

Visitors could dine and then enjoy productions by Evanston theater companies such as Piven Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Theatre, Next Theatre, Piccolo Theatre and Light Opera Works.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman toured Downtown Evanston with the Aldermen to look at possible sites.

Evanston Transportation

Transportation is one of the economic strengths of the City of Evanston, carrying residents to work and bringing visitors to the city in an environmentally sound manner. But for decades the viaducts that support the CTA Purple Line tracks have been crumbling. The Evanston City Council and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl have campaigned to revitalize this necessary infrastructure.

State Senator Jeff Schoenberg has been the key advocate in Springfield in identifying funding for this project. Schoenberg’s determination to ensure that Governor Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly allocated the funds and the CTA made this project a priority are the reasons it is moving forward.” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

Trader Joe's

Trader Joes Evanston - Opening DayMayor Elizabeth Tisdahl gets applause as she announces that a Trader Joe’s Market is coming to Evanston. The store will form a unique shopping district along with Whole Foods and Jewel.

GFS Market

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and several aldermen joined GFS Marketplace executives to officially break ground and begin construction on the project.

Jay Zylstra, president of GFS Marketplace said, "As a member of the community, we are pleased that we can create new jobs and bring a store to this community that offers exceptional customer service and unique solutions for businesses, organizations or simply satisfying a family’s shopping needs."

Water, the New Oil

Evanston has a great resource in Lake Michigan plus a state-of-the–art filtration and pumping facility to make award-winning water available to other suburbs.

Mayor Tisdahl and the City of Evanston are planning to use the existing pipeline that connects Evanston to the Commission working with the Northwest Water Commission to sell water to adjacent communities, These communities are slated to begin receiving water in late 2012.

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