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Batavia Chamber holds first Legislative Forum with Chris Aiston

Jun 14, 2016 11:50AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia’s first Legislative Forum was held June 13 at the City Council Chambers. Featured speaker Chris Aiston talked about future developments and upcoming plans in Batavia.

Holly Deitchman, Executive Director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, opened the meeting with a call to order and introductions. Those in attendance included business owners and employees from BEI, Batavia Main Street, BATV and Dollars and Sense Bookkeeping. State Representative Mike Fortner was also in attendance as well as Kane County Board Reps Susan Starrett and John Martin.

Following introductions, Deb Reiter from CMIT Solutions gave a welcome speech and introduced Mayor Jeff Schielke. Mayor Schielke spoke about Batavia’s good financial standing and gave an overview of the city’s upcoming development and redevelopment projects.

Economic Development Consultant Christ Aiston then took the floor, opening his presentation by speaking about plans to retain existing Batavia businesses as well as encourage business friendly policies and practices. Chris then spoke about Batavia Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFS) and various improvement projects around Batavia.

In addition to financial updates, Chris discussed local business marketing efforts and consumer-targeted marking such as the Dining Cooperative Ad Campaign and the Batavia Restaurant Madness Week Campaign. Chris said both of these efforts have been successful.

After a short Q&A with Aiston, the county and state representatives provided short updates to close out the meeting.

The next Legislative Forum is scheduled for Aug. 8.