Carl Teichman

Carl Teichman

Teichman Named to City Committee

October 22, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University has always called Bloomington home. And the connection between the city and the University continues with the appointment of Director of Government and Community Relations Carl Teichman to the Downtown Strategy Steering Committee for the City of Bloomington.

“The University and the city have grown up together,” said Teichman, who will help offer guidance on the continuing redevelopment. “The work that is going on in downtown Bloomington will benefit more than one neighborhood. It will benefit the entire city. ”

The 10-member committee will work in partnership with Farr Associates to create a comprehensive “action” plan for the downtown, as well as commenting on and assessing the plan throughout the process of redevelopment. Teichman and other committee members will also participate in a series of public meetings to gain the input of residents. “The city has made a significant investment in the downtown, and it shows a great deal of fiscal responsibility that they are forming this committee,” said Teichman.

The inclusion of a member of Illinois Wesleyan on the committee is another example of how the city and the University are active partners, said Teichman. “From our President Richard F. Wilson’s interest in the Main Street Corridor, to our students from the Action Research Center working with the West Side Development Project, the University has been involved in building a momentum that will keep our community strong.”

The other members of the committee are: Cheryl Gaines, a 1977 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, director of intervention and counseling for Collaborative Solutions Institute, and member of the Normal Town Council since 1993; Chairperson Josh Mast of State Farm Insurance; Ben Hart of Heritage Enterprises; Fred Wollrab, downtown Bloomington developer; John A. Dirks, vice president of the District 87 Board of Education; Russel Francois of Francois Associates; Steve Snyder of Prudential Snyder Real Estate; and Vicki Tilton, owner of Fox & Hounds Day Spa.

For additional information on the committee and development, visit the Downtown Bloomington Association Web site (

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960