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Ton brings town nonprofit economic development arm out of dormancy

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Chesterton Town Council President Jim Ton, R-1st, has taken a first step in the revitalization of the Downtown business district.

At the council’s meeting Monday night, Ton officially appointed Richard Riley--owner of Riley’s Railhouse at 123 N. Fourth Street--to a seat on the long dormant Chesterton Economic Development Corporation (CEDC).

The CEDC was incorporated in 2006 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation for the express purpose of using tax abatement receipts to leverage grants moneys which could be used to invest in the economic development of the Downtown. It has rarely met, however.

The CEDC’s bylaws provide for a Board of Directors which includes the town’s Planning Director--a position currently vacant--the Town Manager, the Town Engineer, the Clerk-Treasurer, and a presidential appointment. The latter is Ton’s to make and on Monday he named Riley, who he said has agreed to serve on the CEDC.

“I am asking the council to join me in support of the CEDC,” Ton said. “I believe these are important steps forward in the revitalization of the Chesterton business district.”

Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, for his part thought it a smart move. “It’s great to have something like this to regenerate the Downtown,” he said.



Posted 6/27/2017




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