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City Announces Successful Conclusion of Inventure Partnership

Post Date:04/04/2018 8:46 AM

DowntownEvanston_InstagramAfter more than 30 years working to improve the economic health of the community through job creation and tax base expansion, the City of Evanston today announced the successful conclusion of the Evanston Inventure partnership.

Founded in 1984, Evanston Inventure brought together anchor institutions to develop long-term economic development strategies and initiatives to improve Evanston's quality of life and business climate. Partners included the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, First Bank & Trust, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and more.

The group’s most visible impacts include the redevelopment of downtown Evanston with university research park offices and the development of Church Street Plaza, which includes the 1,400-vehicle 1800 Maple Avenue Self Park garage, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, Optima Views condominium building, Century 12 Evanston/CineArts theatre, and more than 200,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space.

“Evanston Inventure has transformed our city over the last 30 years, and we’re proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish by working together,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “Although the Evanston Inventure organization is concluding, participating organizations have made and continue to make a tremendous impact on our community and its economy. Our anchor institutions remain committed to working together to address new challenges in the years to come.”

The group’s final action will be to donate $12,000 to Mayor Hagerty’s Elevate Evanston workforce development initiative, which aims to better connect Evanstonians with the community’s many job training, career education, and employment opportunities.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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