January 2007

betty2.jpgWelcome to the new web site of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA)!

When I became President last year, one of my goals was to have a new web site created for the organization. One, in which we could promote the successes we have had in our zones due to the benefits of the Enterprise Zone program. I also wanted an easier and more efficient way to reach our audience with updated information that can help all of us do the best job we can for the program.

Valuable Resource

Our new website is inviting, well organized and provides a comprehensive store of information designed to educate our members, enterprise zone administrators, developers and other public and private partner organizations. Affinity AV New Media Design, has and continues to do a great job on our new site. John Thompson and I have been working closely with Jack Hughes and Jayne Rose to create the website our organization really needed. I think they have done a great job and look forward to continuing to work with them.

New Zone Directory

We have completely overhauled our Enterprise Zone directory for the new website. Finding out who the contact is for any given part of Illinois is as simple as clicking on the Illinois map by county or by simply using our search box. Each listing shows where in Illinois they are located, which counties and communities they serve and the administrator's complete contact information. IEZA members are highlighted in our listings to show their contribution to our association.

Next Up – Email Newsletters

Our next project will be to broadcast email newsletters to all IEZA paid members containing information, concerns and updates on not only what the board has been working on but also our partner organizations such as Illinois Development Council (IDC) and the Illinois Tax Increment Tax Association (ITIA). Our website will allow us to capture email subscription requests and automatically oversee the "opt-in" confirmation process to conform to conform to "can the spam" laws. Obviously, publishing email newsletters is an incredibly efficient way for us to communicate with you on items of importance to the Enterprise Zone Program in Illinois, so please go to our homepage to subscribe to our email list and keep in sync with our work.

Get Us Your Stories!

Now that newsletter publishing will be shifting from print to the web and email, we will be publishing more on what is happening with enterprise zones in Illinois. So please keep us updated on what's new and exciting in your neck of the woods. You can contact me at bsteinert@whtieside.org or JoEllen Seil at wedg@shawneelink.net with your news.

We hope you find our new web site helpful and informative and please don't hesitate to give us ideas on how we can continue to make it useful to all our members.