AURORA MEANS BUSINESS
Aurora, IL. experienced a total of over 40 ribbon cuttings in 2019
"We’ll be sharing more on several exciting projects, early this year."
STAFF SPOTLIGHT
"In 2019, Invest Aurora welcomed several members to our team including four new board members and two economic development specialists"
A YEAR OF SUCCESS!
What a year! Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of President & CEO Bryan Gay as he wraps up his 1st year as President & CEO of Invest Aurora.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
CHRISTOPHER FABER
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST ATTRACTION
Christopher Faber joined our team Dec. 9th and hasn't looked back. As the former Executive Director of Batavia MainStreet and once a Village of North Aurora Trustee, Christopher brings a wealth of community development knowledge. Chris is also invested in Aurora as he coaches the West Aurora High School boys basketball team. We're excited to have him on our team!
"I bought my first house in Aurora in 2001 and have been in love with this community ever since. Seeing the development and revitalization in Downtown Aurora and all throughout the city has been amazing and I’m incredibly honored and excited to now to get to play a role in continuing the great momentum that we have here.” - Christopher
MAYOR'S
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
RECIPIENT
Presented: September 9th, 2019

On September 9th of 2019, Invest Aurora was honored to be presented with the Mayor's Award of Excellence for our achievements in and dedication to the continued development within Aurora.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
IN 2020
Beginning early 2020, the City of Aurora, IL. will launch a business licensing program. Throughout 2019, Invest Aurora has supported the City in their efforts of developing the program and will continue to remain involved into 2020. Our major roles will be communicating and emphasizing the individual and communal benefits of this program to business owners, assisting owners with through the application process as well as working "behind the scenes" to provide detailed business classifications for every registrant.

For more information on current Aurora business licensing regulations, visit: City of Aurora, IL./Business Licenses
The primary objective of re-designing our website is to create a more user friendly, development-centric platform. Our efforts will focus on updating and simplifying our content, increasing the visibility of our programs and services in internet search results, and creating a more simplified user experience of our site selection tools. We anticipate a slow roll-out launch beginning mid-year with regular updates through the following months. Until the launch of our new site, the business community can continue to learn more about our services by exploring our currently active website at investaurora.org.
"Last Mile, First Mile" are terms used to describe the difficult stretch people experience when trying to get from a nearby transportation hub to their final destination. With a workforce spread over 46 sq. miles, Last / First Mile issues are most often cited by the local business community as a significant obstacle in the recruitment and maintenance of a productive workforce. Recognizing the significance of workforce development in fostering and maintaining a strong and healthy commercial environment, Invest Aurora's retention Committee has begun exploring how these issues are currently affecting local employees. They'll then use this information to develop achievable transportation solutions to overcome these issues in 2020.
Following the profound reception and success of our 4th quarter, 2019 Promoting Partnership series, we're happy to announce that the series will continue into 2020. Invest Aurora will remain partnered with the City of Aurora to provide the local business community with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the municipal and independent resources that are available. The breakfast provides a relaxed, yet semi-formal environment to business community members where we encourage them to meet with resources and exchange information.
UPCOMING 2020 EVENTS
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Join us in welcoming Amy Morton's, Stolp Island Social into the Aurora business community. The Aurora Chamber will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of this delicious new eatery.
4:00 - 5:00 P.M. | 5 E. GALENA BLVD. AURORA, IL.
February 26th
New Year, same series, just a new schedule. Our Promoting Partnership Breakfast Series brings municipal and independent business resources together at a single meeting, encouraging the exchange of information between the business community and the resources available to them. Join us Feb. 26th for our first breakfast of the year. This breakfast will be focusing on the businesses within the formal and surrounding Downtown area, however all businesses are welcome!
CONTACT: LORETTA DALY | 630.256.3163 | LORETTA@INVESTAURORA.ORG
April - TBD
Annual Meeting
Invest Aurora
With the beginning of a new year, we recognize the importance of reflecting on the past year. This April we will be hosting our Annual Meeting. We encourage our partners to join us as we review and share our 2019 accomplishments and our plans for making 2020 another successful year.
"As we look forward to 2020; we have created a strong pipeline of projects, and created many new partnerships in the community. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our programs this year and we’re looking forward to working with you again in 2020 and beyond." 
-Bryan Gay, President & CEO