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 (www.downtownbloomington.org).
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960