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Local Column

Duffy: The road ahead includes all of us

Matt Duffy, executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Matt Duffy, executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

This past weekend was the celebration of our country’s independence and, for me and my family, a chance to enjoy some sense of what we would usually do around the Fourth of July. We spent time with family, watched a fireworks show (we were not in town) and enjoyed a couple days away. This simple experience made us feel a little more normal. Or at least what we would consider normal prior to this past March.

Moving forward, the new normal has not yet been defined. What was normal on March 1 is not what was normal on July 1 or even what will be on Dec. 1. Normal is really a relative term to the timing of what is expected at that time. The use of masks, hand sanitizer and 6-foot spacing lines are here for the foreseeable future but were not part of normal previously. The use of these procedures will help us be safe and keep moving forward, which is extremely important.

The road ahead is something that we all need to be in together to make it what we want it to be. Don’t think that you can go back to the way that things were just yet (and maybe not ever) but if you continue to shop local, support local and spend local, then the businesses in the area will be there in the longer term. Your purchases will help our local businesses on their road to recovery and also help them invest back into our community for an even greater indirect effect. 

It is an exciting time in DeKalb with some huge developments coming to our area. The recently announced Facebook DeKalb Data Center and last year’s announcement of Ferrara Candy Co. are both transformational type additions for our community. With new restaurants, downtown living options and retail stores, DeKalb is becoming an area that has what people are looking for.

The road ahead in DeKalb will likely look much different in the coming years with more jobs, housing, restaurants and stores to build on the great place we live, work and play. 

Here are some upcoming events:

• July 9 – DeKalb Farmers’ Market in Van Buer Plaza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• July 14 – After Hours at Chrystal Clinic, 437 W. State St., Suite 101­, Sycamore, 5 p.m.

• July 16 – DeKalb Farmers’ Market in Van Buer Plaza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• July 21 – Family Fun Fest (new drive-thru format) at Hopkins Park, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sept. 3 – Save the Date for the DeKalb Chamber Golf Outing at River Heights Golf Course

For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or check out our website at www.DeKalb.org.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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