Inside the Chamber is hosted by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO and brings together a group of experts to discuss today’s top business trends and issues, especially as they affect Naperville.
This episode marks the one year anniversary of the show's launch and appropriately focuses on something Dana opens every episode with, living intentionally. Living intentionally might mean something a little different to everyone but Dana and her guests agree that for them, it means being purposefully and making the most of out life. "It's a battle of the mind. You have to fight yourself, face the mirror and make a decision, how are you going to live that day?" said Pastor Otis Moss III. "There's 24 hours that you have. You're not promised tomorrow but you are promised right now." Other guests include her cousin Leah Thigpen, and several close friends and supporters: Amanda Abrahamson, Rae Mattson of Rae Design Company, Sofia Husnain, and Tranje Brewer.
State of the City
Though it wasn’t a live in-person event like years past, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce presented its 2020 State of the City address today. “Reinvesting in Our Resilient Community”
Mayor Steve Chirico delivered the address, which focused on the theme, “Reinvesting in Our Resilient Community.” It featured how the city has responded to COVID-19. Chirico said the city’s strong financial position better prepared than many others for the pandemic. “Our finances have given the city stability over the past few months,” he said. “It allowed us to provide immediate financial relief to resident and businesses, like waiving late fees for utility payments, extending tax payment deadlines, and reducing third quarter commuter parking permit fees by half.” Development
And though development has slowed down, and some projects like the Washington Street Bridge and North Aurora Road renovations have been postponed, the city hasn’t stopped planning. The new CNG fuel station, the CityGate campus, and several new developments along Ogden Avenue are in the works. “I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been told developer Thompson Thrift is actively working with a national retailer on a new grocery concept for the vacant Fair Oaks Ford property that will occupy 35,000 square feet,” Chirico said. In all, 250,000 square feet of vacant space will be redeveloped in the coming years. Response to Racism
Chirico also addressed several high-profile incidents of racism that occurred in the past year. He commended Councilman Benny White and the Naperville Neighbors United group for working to bring community members of all demographics together. Several residents were even able to participate in the address by saying why they belong in Naperville. Looking Ahead
Chirico concluded with a message of hope and admiration for the community’s resilience and solidarity. “Over the past two months, I have seen so many neighbors and friends put the we over me,” he said. “They’ve supported our businesses and they’ve supported each other. And those relationships are what will move us forward.”
Lessons in Time: Naperville in a Crisis. History can be a guide . During this COVID -19 pandemic many are turning to the past to help us understand what is happening now and help us anticipate the future. Dr. Ann Keating, Professor of History at North Central College and Jeanne Schultz Angel, Director of Learning Experience at Naper Settlement, join host Liz Spencer to take a look at the last 100 years of pandemics at both the national and local levels. Lessons in Time tackles the topic by dividing it into three areas:
Pandemics and other diseases
Economics and politics
History demonstrates time and time again the resilient of the human spirit and the innovation that emerges during the most trying times. Dr. Ann Keating
Ann Durkin Keating is Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago, and the editor of Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide, Jeanne Schultz Angel
Jeanne Schultz Angel is the Director of Learning Experience at Naper Settlement. Her background includes time as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums with offices in Springfield and Chicago in 2013. Then, from 2015-2019 she was the Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association, a historic cultural building in downtown Oak Park whose mission is strengthening the community through learning, giving, and sharing our landmark building.