In 2014, over 60 small businesses located in Southeast Evanston signed a petition in support of investigating the creation of a Special Service Area for the commercial districts that currently make up the Chicago/Dempster business district and the Main Street business district. A Special Service Area (SSA) is defined by Illinois State Statute as a contiguous area within a municipality or county in which special services are provided in addition to those services provided generally throughout the municipality or county. Special services include things like landscaping, advertising, public art, and extra garbage collections. The special services are paid from revenues collected from taxes levied or imposed upon property within that area.
A steering committee made up of area business and property owners worked with consultant to hold a series of 3 public meetings to seek feedback from the community about the proposal. Based on the feedback by residents, businesses, and property owners, a proposed budget and tax cap were developed and presented to the Evanston City Council. The City Council adopted the ordinances establishing the SSA during the summer of 2015.
Click on the map at right for a more detailed view of SSA boundaries.
The SSA board meets on the first Monday of each month in room 2402 of the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Road).
Meets 2nd Monday of the month at CoLab; 9-10:30am unless otherwise noted
Meets at La Principal at 3pm on various Mondays.
Marketing & Events
Meets 3rd Monday of the month at Hip Circle Studio, 9-10:30am
SSA Board Members
term expires: 2018
Sara Jane Abbott
term expires: 2017
Open calls for proposals
Now Hiring: Executive Director
Main-Dempster Mile’s part-time (30 hours/week) executive director is an emerging leader who helps innovate, manage and grow the organization. The executive director has demonstrated management skills, vision and critical and strategic thinking skills to be able to guide the organization into the next chapter as it seeks to continue to grow and expand the vitality and market position of the Main-Dempster Mile business district in Evanston, IL.
Job Summary The Main-Dempster Mile Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations and management of the organization. This includes the implementation of the vision, mission and values; maintenance of program and service quality; management of vendors, contractors and resources; strategic planning; and execution of policy and protocol as established by the Board of Directors. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Executive Director is responsible for the following:
The ideal candidate for this position will have:
Compensation Salary will be competitive and based on relevant experience and qualification. Benefits include a healthcare benefits stipend, paid time off, ability to work remotely occasionally and a flexible schedule.
About Main Dempster Mile The Main-Dempster Mile is a 501(c)(6) organization that encompasses the business districts of Main Street, Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue. The organization administers and manages a Special Service Area (SSA), which is also known as a Business Improvement District. Funds for programs and services are derived from an additional property tax paid by commercial properties within the legal boundary of the SSA. The additional property tax funds are specifically used for economic development, district maintenance, placemaking and marketing within and for the SSA.