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Public update on downtown St. Charles set

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:40 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Anyone who wants to learn more about the current business activity in downtown St. Charles is invited to an April 10 event.

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership will host its City Update program at 5 p.m. April 10 in the St. Charles City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles. The program is open to the public, but the partnership strongly encourages attendees to RSVP through its office by calling 630-443-3962.

The event typically begins with a 30-minute meet-and-greet as people start to arrive, City Administrator Mark Koenen said. The city then will introduce new staff and aldermen, as well as employees who have transferred to new positions.

“We’re going to make sure people can put names and faces together,” Koenen said Wednesday.

City staff will give presentations for about an hour focused on current opportunities and challenges facing the downtown district, as well as programs and services available to business and property owners. The event will conclude with a moderated question-and-answer session, according to a news release.

The City Update is part of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s Business Exchange programming, which provides networking and education for downtown business and property owners.

“We are excited to provide an opportunity to get this group of city and business leaders together, so our constituents can stay informed about what is going on downtown from an economic development perspective,” said Lynne Schwartz, the partnership’s executive director, in the news release. “It also gives our constituents an opportunity to meet and talk to some of the city staff that they call on when they have questions.”

Koenen said city leaders are intent on hearing what residents and business leaders have to say.

“We’re going to listen to people ... to perceive what the issues and challenges are in the hopes of advancing forward from where they are right now,” he said.

To learn more about programs and other services offered by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, call 630-443-3967 or email info@downtownstcharles.org.

If you go

What: Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s April 2014 City Update

When: 5 p.m. April 10

Where: St. Charles City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles

RSVP: 630-443-3962 or info@downtownstcharles.org

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