Downtown Development and Enhancement Initiatives

Downtowns play a critical role in regional growth by combining the economic, social and historical aspects of cities in unique community centers. A core of successful businesses is essential to the continued ability of downtowns in small and medium size cities to fulfill their roles as regional economic engines. CGS provides research and advisory services to help downtowns remain hubs of economic activity.

CGS works with Illinois Main Street to develop high quality services for local organizations including a data base on varied topic related to Illinois communities. As a result, new training programs and online technical assistance are offered to local Main Street organizations and other economic downtown development interests though NIU/CGS in partnership with the Illinois Main Street Program through the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity (DCEO). 


For additional information about downtown development and enhancement initiatives, please contact:

Brian Richard
Assistant Director