Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission is committed to the continued growth of industrial and commercial developments in the Village.    This advisory Commission, made up of Skokie business members, provides a sounding board, researching and analyzing issues affecting the quality of life in the Village as they relate to economic development.  It is a resource for elected officials and staff to explore new economic development ideas.

The Commission consists of twelve appointed commissioners and is staffed by advisors from the Village’s Economic Development Division. Commissioners serve a two-year term and are professionals which represent a variety of aspects of the local business community.  

For more information regarding the Economic Development Commission, please contact Len Becker or Leslie Murphy at 847/933-8447.

  • Click here to view the enabling ordinance establishing the Economic Development Commission.

New Skokie Targeted Economic Development Strategy

Click here to view the new Skokie Targeted Economic Development Strategy.

Since its inception in 2013, The Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission has been a critical resource for elected officials, Village staff, Skokie businesses, the region, and state as a whole.  On August 7, 2017 Commission Chairman Shalom Klein, and Economic Development Manager Len Becker presented the 2017-2020 Village of Skokie Targeted Economic Strategy and Framework to the Village of Skokie Board of Trustees and the general public.

The presentation was the culmination of a 2+ year process as Commission members, staff, and community members have given hundreds of hours of time and significant effort to create the document.  The tenets of the strategy and framework are based on a number of best practices from a broad base of communities throughout the region and U.S., as well as specific practices recommended and relevant for Skokie.   The Targeted Economic Development Strategy and Framework is meant to be the foundation and focus towards the future for the Village as we seek to maximize opportunities to their highest and most worthwhile potential.  In addition, this document is inclusive and appreciates and embraces the community as a whole while recognizing the human, financial, institutional, and social impacts the economic vitality of the Village has overall.

The Economic Development Commission’s Mission Statement is:

The Skokie Economic Development Commission is committed to the continued growth of industrial and commercial developments in the Village.  As a working Commission, it provides input from all aspects of the Skokie business community.  In an advisory capacity, this Commission made up of Skokie business members provides a sounding board, researching and analyzing issues affecting the quality of life in our Village.  It is a resource for elected officials and staff to explore new economic development ideas and changes to Village policies.  This Commission may consider and introduce new economic development ideas for consideration to elected officials and staff.

The primary duties of the EDC include:

  • Provide input on matters to facilitate sound economic growth and business development.
  • Examine opportunities for fostering an attractive economic climate within the Village with respect to both existing and potential new organizations.
  • Recommend additional steps and measures to promote economic growth by retaining businesses and attracting new commerce and industry.
  • Collaborate with Village elected officials and staff to realize appropriate goals and objectives relating to sound business policies, an increased tax base and increased employment opportunities.
  • Feature a business each meeting as part of its business retention program to educate the community about the business and to recognize the contribution the business has made to Skokie.
  • Interact with other commissions on matters of joint interest or initiatives.

Meeting Schedule/Agendas


January 29, 2019 Regular Meeting

February 26, 2019 Business Site Visit - EcoBrite Linen

March 26, 2019 Regular Meeting

April 23, 2019 Site Visit - NorthShore University Skokie Hospital

June 25, 2019 Site Visit - TBD

July 23, 2019 Regular Meeting

August 7, 2019 Select Chicago Conference - TBD

September 24, 2019 Regular Meeting

October 22, 2019 Site Visit - TBD

November 19, 2019 Regular Meeting

December 20, 2019 Skokie Business Leaders Update (TBD)


Friday, December 14, 2018 - Special Meeting -  State Representative Lou Lang will host the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission for the Skokie Business Leaders briefing, which will take place at 8 a.m. at Lou Lang's office, located at 4508 Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois.

November 27, 2018 - Canceled

October 9, 2018 - Regular Meeting

January 23, 2018 - Regular Meeting

February 27, 2018 - Business Site Visit

March 27, 2018 - Regular Meeting

April 24, 2018 - Business Site Visit

May 22, 2018 - Canceled

June 26, 2018 - Business Site Visit/Select Chicago

July 24, 2018 - Regular Meeting

August 28, 2018 - Business Site Visit

September 25, 2018 - Regular Meeting

October 23, 2018 - Business Site Visit

November 27, 2018 - Regular Meeting


January 24, 2017

February 28, 2017 – Business Site Visit

March 28, 2017 - Agenda

April 25, 2017 – Business Site Visit

May 23, 2917 – Regular Meeting

June 27, 2017 – Business Site Visit

July 25, 2017 – Agenda

August 22, 2017 – Business Site Visit

September 26, 2017 – Agenda

October 24, 2017 – Business Site Visit

December 5, 2017 – Agenda (Rescheduled from November 28, 2017)


November 15 or 22, 2016 - Agenda

September 27, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Agenda

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

March 22, 2016

January 19, 2016

February 23, 2016


January 27, 2015

March 31, 2015

May 26, 2015

July 28, 2015 Agenda

October 1, 2015 - Canceled

October 27, 2015 Agenda

December 15, 2015 - Canceled


November 25, 2014 (Meeting at Village Hall)

September 30, 2014 (Meeting at Village Hall)

September 8, 2014 *special meeting at 7 p.m. at Skokie Village Hall regarding Village Sign Ordinance

August 26, 2014 - Rescheduled to September 8

June 24, 2014 Meeting Canceled

April 29, 2014 Agenda

February 25, 2014 Agenda


October 29, 2013 Agenda

August 27, 2013 Agenda

Term: two years
Meeting date: Fourth Tuesday of every other month.

Economic Development Commission Members

Shalom Klein, Chair
Howard Meyer, Vice Chair
Billy Haido
Michael Halliburton
Colette Hands
David Jacobson

Ross Mathee
Erica Minchella
Kristen Murtos
Sacha Patera
Brad Rosen
Michael Rosen
Edwin Vdovets
Trustee Liaison:  Karen Gray-Keeler
Staff Liaisons:  Len Becker, Leslie Murphy