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At their July 28 meeting, members of the Economic Development Committee voted to recommend to City Council funding for a Howard Street Business Association and for a company to create a plan to attract businesses to Evanston.

Howard Street Business Association

Eighth Ward Alderman Ann Rainey and City planner Johanna Nyden have coordinated the establishment of the Howard Street Business Association (HSBA). Representatives of 17 businesses attended a meeting on July 15 at the Howard Street police outpost, according to a July 21 memo to the ECD from Ms. Nyden. She said the group “recognized that they are Evanston’s ‘front door’” and seem interested in creating a “cohesive business district.”

Committee members unanimously agreed to recommend a grant of $9,000 in economic development funds “to support planning and programming activities, street beautification and other activities that are determined to benefit the district and not individual businesses.” Their recommendation awaits City Council approval.

Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne, who chairs the committee, told Ald. Rainey, “I salute you for spearheading this.”

Business Attraction Plan

ECD Committee members also unanimously agreed to recommend that the City hire Ticknor & Associate and Teska Associates, Inc., as consultants to create a “business attraction plan for economic revitalization.” Ms. Nyden said the City had received three responses to its request for proposals, and the Ticknor and Teska group’s response had received the highest score overall for approach, qualifications, experience, references, business diversity, cost and completeness of the proposal. “We were impressed with their approach and professional capacity,” Ms. Nyden said. “Teska is an Evanston-based business that is interested in attracting vital businesses to the community.”