Gurnee, Ill. mayor wants to stop losing businesses to Wisconsin

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik says the village can’t afford to sit back in the wake of a major business fleeing to Wisconsin.

    Kovarik said she intends to push for the hiring of a full-time staff economic development coordinator who would be responsible for business attraction and retention. She said she wants village board trustees to authorize the position for the new budget year starting May 1.

    “I will expect our economic development coordinator to be savvy at marketing and sales with the same collaboration, dedication and commitment to the community as the rest of our staff,” Kovarik said Thursday at her annual mayor’s luncheon at KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort. “I expect this person to have a dossier on every single business in Gurnee and will know more about their business — strategy, growth plans and needs — than anyone else.”

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