Business Development and Retention

As Alderman, Gene fought to keep our neighborhood commercial and industrial district’s thriving.  One of his first initiatives as Alderman was to change the traffic flow on the 4800 block of N. Lincoln Avenue to create the pedestrian mall in the Lincoln Square.  Today, residents come from throughout Chicago to enjoy the European feel of Giddings Plaza and shopping in Lincoln Square.  Since then, Gene has been a strong proponent of community-based neighborhood planning.

Creating Jobs in our Industrial Corridors

Gene worked with community and business leaders in both the Ravenswood and Addison Industrial Corridors to ensure that these areas stay vibrant employment districts for residents of Chicago.  Recently, Gene worked with the Department of Community Development to create a strategic plan for growth in the Addison Corridor that emphasizes green development and shared access to open spaces.  Gene worked with business and building owners in the Ravenswood Corridor to support the development of multiunit incubator spaces in many of the factory buildings, while still supporting traditional manufacturing.  Currently, the Ravenswood Corridor employs over 1500 Chicagoans.  Gene continues to support the manufacturing zoning in both industrial districts.

Supporting Local Businesses and Organizations

While Alderman of the 47th Ward, Gene ensure that over $1.7 million was given to local businesses through Small Business Improvement Grants.  

Through Gene’s efforts, a large number of businesses have been brought into the 47th Ward, including NewarkinOne, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Trader Joe’s, Gene’s Sausage Shop, Mariano’s, and the Black Ensemble Theatre.  
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