It's a busy time in the Village of Tinley Park, and I wanted to take a few moments to update you on a few key projects happening around town.
We're always looking for ways to make the Village run more efficiently and customer-friendly, and to that end we're in the process of restructuring the planning, economic development and building functions into a single entity, the Community Development Department. This new department will better serve residents and developers and reduce the number of management positions, further streamlining the planning and development processes.
I'm also excited about the Village's new branding endeavor, which aims to transform Tinley Park into a regional music destination. This new brand will not only benefit the nearly 60,000 residents of Tinley Park, but will attract thousands of new visitors to our town every year, visitors who will shop in our stores and dine in our restaurants.
Part of this rebranding initiative involves plans to enhance Downtown Tinley to include what some have dubbed Harmony Square, a year-round venue that could be used to host both summer and winter events. We're also seeing serious activity on the part of residential developers in Downtown Tinley, and the increase in residents will provide the energy needed to sustain our downtown and actually grow business opportunities.
The Village is also working to optimize the opportunities that the 280-acre state property (formerly the Tinley Park Mental Health Center) has to offer. With a great deal of resident engagement and input, the development of that property will present new options for people wanting to live and recreate. More information about the master planning process will be presented after the holidays. We're also looking at innovative ways to link Downtown Tinley to the Tinley Park Convention Center and the future state property development.
The last few months have seen big changes in Tinley Park aimed at making government more visible and transparent in its operations. Televised Village Board meetings are now streamed live, and the Village's new Facebook and Twitter pages help us to better engage the community and do a better job of two-way dialogue.
I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Here's hoping the turkey is delicious, the sports are exciting and your time with family is warm and memorable!