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Future Joliet City Center Partnership board yet to be determined

JOLIET – The City Center Partnership is taking names of potential
board members from new areas added
to the partnership, its chairman said
last week.

The City Center Partnership board has yet to be expanded to include representatives from the new business corridors on Cass, Collins and South Chicago streets.

Those business districts were added by the city council in December and are now being assessed the same property tax used downtown to fund the partnership.

Those interested in joining the board can contact the City Center Partnership, Chairman Bryan Kopman said last week.

Kopman discussed the future board makeup at a meeting of the Joliet City Council Economic Development Committee. The committee on Thursday gave its approval to a memorandum of understanding that outlines the relationship between partnership and city of Joliet, which levies the business property tax for the group.

Councilmembers Pat Mudron and Terry Morris asked whether the board was taking on any members from the Cass, Collins and South Chicago Street corridors.

“That’s our next step,” Kopman said. “Our next step is to start drafting some bylaws for what the organization is going to look like.”

Kopman said the partnership would take on new members after the bylaws are drafted.

“We want something for them to look at and start from there,” he said.

Kopman said he has not heard from anyone from the new corridors interested in joining the board, but a few have contacted Steve Jones, the city’s economic development director.

Morris said he has been approached by a couple of people interested in joining the board.

Kopman said anyone interested could also come to the board meetings, which are 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

City Center Partnership board members, according to the current rules, must own property in the downtown area, manage a business there, work there, or be an elected official representing the area.

The memorandum of understanding includes a provision that would expand board membership to as many as two members from outside the district that have special expertise needed by the board.

The memorandum of understanding requires final approval by the full city council.

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