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August 16, 2007 - Strategic Planning

Consultant Lyle Sumek, Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc. welcomed those present to the Citizen’s Summit portion of strategic planning session at 7:00 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss.

Council Members Present: Mayor Ron Sandack; Commissioners Marilyn Schnell, Martin Tully, William Waldack, Sean P. Durkin, Geoff Neustadt, Bruce E. Beckman

Mr. Sumek outlined the agenda for session.

Participants were seated at eight tables. Each table included a staff member to record the ideas generated at the tables. Council members rotated among three tables. Mr. Sumek asked the Council members to listen, but not participate in the discussions. There were three rounds of discussion.

In round one, participants were asked to look at the Village today in terms of successes in the last year and threats to Downers Grove’s future. The second round focused on the vision for 2022 including major assets and a definition of success in 2022. The third round focused on the next five years, 2007-2012, and an action agenda for 2007-2008. Following discussion in each round, participants at each table voted on the top four or five most important topics. Mr. Sumek reviewed and summarized the suggestions of each group at each round for all participants. At the end of the Summit, Mr. Sumek invited participants to write to the Mayor and Council on cards provided at the Summit.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

April K. Holden Village Clerk