Remaining Relevant

The SOAR Board of Directors has been very busy making certain that our 2017-18 Task Force initiatives are relevant in today's world. At the October Board meeting, Task Force Chairs, who are responsible for the development of plan initiatives and implementation, were appointed for the coming year. Co-Chairs or Vice Chairs were later appointed for all Task Forces.
In a reorganization with the goal of increasing relevance to Streeterville as it is today, we have refocused the Task Force formerly known as the Real Estate Task Force, which has been renamed and will be known as the Land Use and Development Task Force.  This newly designed Task Force will focus on looking at the bigger picture of land use in the neighborhood, continuing to focus on real estate development issues but holistic in its approach. We now are combining all land uses: development, traffic, pedestrian and vehicular transportation, preservation and landmarking. We aim to strengthen the balance between residential, commercial, institutional, retail and recreational mixed uses in this community. 
Board member Gail Spreen has chaired or co-chaired the Real Estate Task Force for many years and we appreciate her efforts.  We now introduce another Board member as a highly qualified Co-Chair for this new Task Force. Helping expand SOAR's role in land use, Judy Aiello Fantus is a former City Manager of Evanston, where she oversaw many new city programs pertaining to land use and real estate development. Both Judy and Gail will serve as Co Chairs of the Land Use and Development Task Force. We look forward to their combined leadership.
Task Forces require volunteers from the SOAR membership to participate in the implementation of plans in order to accomplish missions, goals and objectives.  All of the 2017-18 Task Forces are listed below. Members are encouraged to volunteer and participate in Task Forces by contacting the Chair listed below. We truly value your efforts and passion for your community and for SOAR.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who have generously given of their time and expertise to help make SOAR a very productive organization that benefits our wonderful Streeterville neighborhood that we live in, work in, and enjoy.
As always, I will be happy to hear your ideas and respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at
Deborah Gershbein





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