Kankakee Housing Summit
Nick Brunick spoke at the Kankakee, Illinois Housing Summit, sponsored by the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County, on September 16th. Nick assisted in the planning efforts for the summit, spoke about housing and economic development strategies, and recruited Brian Hollenback from Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (an A&TT client) to speak about Rock Island’s experience in addressing similar challenges. The summit was organized by a number of concerned local citizens led by Mike O’Brien, Vice-President of Home Star Bank in Kankakee. The summit was attended by local residents, employers, churches, realtors, educators, banks, developers, elected officials, and concerned citizens all focused on increasing homeownership, addressing affordable housing needs, and strengthening property values and tax base in Kankakee. The day ended with an exciting announcement from three local banks about a new initiative to increase homeownership in Kankakee as well as a commitment from major community institutions to serve on a task force that will produce a plan for moving forward prior to the end of 2014.