by: Diane Benjamin
It seems like an organization charged with managing downtown Bloomington would at least be mostly downtown business owners or residents.
The people with a vested interest in the success of downtown should be the leaders. From the DBA website, the Board consists of many people who aren’t downtown business owners. The DBA site has many pages of shops, restaurants, and business services, but only 2 are on the Board of Directors.
Maybe the DBA wouldn’t be wanting another $90,000 tonight if the people owning businesses downtown were actually directing and investing in their futures with this organization.
Why do employees of State Farm and Wesleyan have prominent roles? Add in developers, architects, real estate professionals, and banks – are businesses promoted or use of taxpayer money for redevelopment?
Troy Clark, President – Illinois Wesleyan University
Nora Dukowitz, Secretary – City of Bloomington
Carl Teichman, Ex officio – Illinois Wesleyan University
Gemma Billings – State Farm Insurance
Georgia Bouda – Bloomington Public Library
Martha Burk – Illinois State University, Retired
Bobby Castillo – Illinois Wesleyan University
Graham Cowger – McLean Co. Museum of History
Valerie Dumser – West Bloomington Revitalization
Ruth Haney – Real Estate Professional
Chuck Stuckey, Vice President – State Farm, Regional Planning
Stephanie Dutko, Treasurer – Commerce Bank
Russel Francois, Historian – Francois Associates Architects
Dave Park – Park –Stoutamoyer
Jan Lancaster – Lancaster’s Fine Dining, The Bistro
Steve Parker – Developer
Karen Schmidt – Illinois Wesleyan University-Bloomington City Council
Tim Tilton – Monroe Centre -Fox & Hounds
Bobby Vericella – RJV Properties