DuPage Board Candidate Presents Ideas for Economic Development for the County
"DuPage County has all the things that are required to develop into a highly advanced center for entrepreneurship," says Republican candidate Dino Gavanes.
By: Dino Gavanes
Within the last ten years, more and more young couples and families have established homes in DuPage County. In fact, families now account for close to 70% of the county's household makeup. Over 30% of DuPage's population is under age 18—with another 15% or so ages 65 and older.
"Like many communities, DuPage's District 1 wants more taxable retail establishments. That base contributes to the local economy and to the revenue that supports residents' wellbeing," says Dino. "But we recognize that to really support good retail establishments, you have to have some community density. Density only comes with the construction of apartment, condo, and other multifamily establishments within walking distances of these suburbs' downtowns. That's happening here and there but picking up the pace by attracting new developments will contribute to the county's economic development, which benefits everyone."
Dino has hands-on experience in economic development work, having led the development of 127 N. Walnut in Itasca. This live-and-work space is one many in the community consider a cornerstone of the downtown area.
During 127 N. Walnut's construction, Dino realized the Itasca Metra station—just across the street—would be a source of noise pollution for residents and office tenants in the building. "All during rush hour and then every hour during the day, there was noise from Metra trains and from freight trains coming through." He and local residents worked on recommendations to minimize noise—valuable experience that translates well to another District 1, the management of O'Hare noise affecting the community.
Stewardship of DuPage County's economic development offers present and future benefits to residents. "Walkable communities decrease reliance on automobile transportation. It can be difficult to get from place to place in the county, either via car or public transport," Dino admits. "When you don't have to get on a highway, you make the most of your time, and sometimes your health."
Entertainment and household expenditure spending is slightly higher in DuPage County that the national average. It's natural to consider that keeping that spending local, as much as possible, contributes to community vitality through economic development. "Shopping and dining local benefits local business owners and establishments,"
To learn more about Dino and his campaign, and how you can become involved, visit his site at www.dinogavanes.com.