Aurora’s slogan – “Something is happening here” – has been in strong rotation when it comes to the economic development of the City of Light.
“Economic development has been one of the three priority pillars since taking office four years ago, and the measurable results are proof that we are on the right track,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin, who issued a proclamation last week for National Economic Development Week. “Every area of our city has development projects in the works or on the horizon, including all of the long-standing vacant and underused large buildings of the downtown business district, like the iconic Hobbs Building.
The Hobbs building redevelopment project, which kicked off at a construction kickoff ceremony last weekend, and all major economic development projects – past, present and immediate future – are at the heart of the new site. Comprehensive and interactive web of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
“For the first time, we have a central location where the public can view economic development activities in Aurora,” said David Dibo, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “It’s fascinating to see everything at a glance and to be able to visit each location to get detailed information virtually. We invite everyone to visit the site to see what is really going on and how Aurora will be shaped for generations to come because of it. “
The website — www.aurora-il.org/EconomicDevelopment – offers interactive maps and storyboards of current projects, future projects and over 25 projects completed since 2018. Each project includes renderings, status of the planning process, address, area and category of use lands. Available properties, including city-owned buildings, are also highlighted.
A center for economic plans, studies and reports, the website also hosts an archive portal of documents essential to economic development, including the comprehensive plan of the city of Aurora, the master plan and the market analysis of the Aurora City Center, the Route 59 Corridor Study and Award-Winning Aurora Market Analysis and Sustainability Plan.
“The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development initiates, advances plans and monitors all actions that lead to smart economic growth across Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “The economic development team and our community partners are leading the way for the future in making sure Aurora is open for business.”
Direct links to partners such as Invest Aurora, Aurora Downtown, Aurora Area CVB and the three chambers of commerce are also available on the new website.
Learn more about www.aurora-il.org/EconomicDevelopment.