Past CGS Events
April 3, 2017: New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies
Conference Overview (pdf); Conference Program (pdf); Speaker Bios (pdf); Illinois Tourism Presentation (pdf); Tangled Roots Presentation (pdf); Great Downtowns Growing Cities Report (pdf); An Orange Moon Presentation (video)
Nov. 14, 2016: "Civil Unrest - Is Your Community Ready?"
CGS helped facilitate "Civil Unrest-Is Your Community Ready?" Nov. 14, 2016, for the Wisconsin City/County Manager Association. Many communities facing a “man-made” crisis find they don’t have the resources to respond. John Shaw, former City Manager of Ferguson MO; Pam Hylton, former Assistant City Manager of Ferguson, MO; and Anne Marrin, Village Administrator for Fox Lake, IL, discussed what they learned when civil unrest unfolded in their communities. The event was restricted to WCMA members and their guests. Questions? Contact WCMA Executive Director Cory Poris Plasch, at CGS, email@example.com.
The creative economy is one of the most talked about topics in downtown development. What it includes and how to incorporate it into economic growth planning and downtown revitalization are discussed in the resources listed below. For additional information contact Mim Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Norm Walzer, email@example.com.
2016: The Creative Economy and Downtown Workshop
Agenda (pdf); Speaker Biographies (pdf); Financial Models for Creative Enterprises (xls); Business Plan for Creative Enterprises (doc); Services for Owners of Creative Enterprises (pdf); Developing a Creative Economy presented by Pam Schallhorn, University of Illinois Extension (pdf); Architects as Creative Entrepreneurs presented by Lisa Sharp, Sharp Architects (pdf); Six Corners Chicago Revitalization, presented by Kelli Weffenstette (pdf); Creative Enconomy, presented by Anne Katz, Art Wisconsin (pdf); Creative Economy Final Report (pdf); Policy Profiles - The Back to the City Movement: Will It Help Illinois’ Smaller Cities? (pdf)
There are many ways to host and manage farmers markets and many resources available to help start or grow an existing market. On Jan. 29, 2016, CGS hosted a workshop at the NIU Holmes Student Center that explored these topics in addition to looking at how SNAP and WIC can be implemented in your market, how to better manage your market, what farmers think about markets, and much more. The workshop included one of the initial screenings of the new documentary, Think Globally, Eat Locally. Click here for additional information.Download presentations