DeKALB – A total of 31 community stakeholders have been selected by DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith to serve on a task force enlisted to find ways to revitalize the Annie Glidden North neighborhood.
Members will represent Northern Illinois University, DeKalb School District 428, local churches and nonprofits and a number of city and county government groups, according to a news release. A full list of task force members is available on the city of DeKalb’s website.
One potential member will be District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven, who said he agreed to be the district’s representative despite only being in his position since July.
“If nothing else, this will be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the DeKalb community and work closely with the other partners here in town,” Craven said.
The City Council will vote on these appointments during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. Pending council approval, 1st Ward Alderman David Jacobson and 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Finucane also will be appointed as the council liaisons for the task force.
“I have been so impressed over the last couple of weeks with the response to this task force,” Smith said in the release. “While I had to settle on a workable number, I could have easily chosen more who were willing to participate. I received that kind of response from our community: a clear indication so many want to help.”
Chicago-based urban planning firm Camiros was approved in August to lead the plan.
“This task force is the culmination of much early discussion regarding how we can most effectively aid in the improvement of an entire neighborhood,” Smith said in the release. “I know that aligning many of our local stakeholders in the process will prove to be extremely productive.”