Aurora (IL)

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Issues & Challenges

Slowing growth, demographic changes, and the 2019 mass shooting in Aurora are some key issues that are being tackled by leaders in the city of Aurora.

Slowing Growth

  • After decades of explosive growth that transformed Aurora into Illinois' second-largest city, Aurora's population boom has "slowed to a crawl."
  • Most recently, Aurora reported a net loss of approximately 1,000 residents, or 0.5% of its population, between July 2017 and July 2018.
  • Additionally, the slowing population growth in Aurora was recently highlighted as one of the major contributors to Illinois' overall population contraction.
  • Overall, Aurora's housing development slowdown, as well as high tax rates, have stalled if not reversed population growth in the city.

Importance to the Community

  • Addressing this stagnation in growth is essential to all community interests in Aurora, ranging from businesses to residents and local governments.
  • Notably, Aurora's position as Illinois' second-largest city has brought greater community prestige, as well as a unique level of attention from state/federal governments and businesses.
  • This attention, in turn, has led to job creation and additional funding for key city interests such as local schools.

What is Being Done

  • In light of this challenge and its associated impacts, city leaders from a variety of public and private groups have come together to launch a massive downtown redevelopment project.
  • This effort commenced with the completion of an Existing Conditions Report, which cataloged local transportation, health, safety, arts, education, and economic conditions in Aurora, among others.
  • Moving forward, city leaders intend to use these four months of research and analysis to increase residential density downtown, enhance walkability and transportation options, encourage Aurora's growing arts and culture scene, and improve the attractiveness of the downtown area and larger city to business interests.
  • In parallel, the city of Aurora continues to promote itself as an attractive destination for businesses, with its "Aurora is Open for Business" campaign and a variety of investment resources.

Stakeholders Involved

  • Aurora's downtown redevelopment effort and ongoing initiatives to attract new businesses involve a wide range of public and private leaders, including the City of Aurora, Aurora Public Art, Waubonsee Community College, and Gravity Building.
  • Additionally, these efforts have required extensive community input, as well as collaboration from state authorities and interests, including the Regional Transporation Authority (RTA), Metra, and Pace Bus.

A Question to City Leaders

  • How will the City of Aurora balance its current focus on the downtown area, with the need to continually revitalize and invest in more suburban parts of the city?


Demographic Changes

  • The racial composition of Aurora has changed dramatically over the past few decades from a largely white and African American community to one where Hispanics and Asians represent the fastest-growing populations.
  • While Aurora's population was largely white (68%) and black (11%) in 2000, a 2018 survey revealed that Hispanics now represent the largest racial group (42.9%) in Aurora, followed by whites (37.1%), blacks (10.3%), and Asians (8.1%).
  • Moreover, while the Asian population remains relatively small, it is growing at a notably fast pace, up from 3% in 2000.

Importance to the Community

  • These demographic changes are important to the larger Aurora community as they impact the identity of the city.
  • Additionally, this introduction of new diversity has given rise to significant environmental and economic shifts, including new types of businesses and different community support requirements.

What is Being Done

  • The overwhelming response to these demographic changes has been to embrace and support them, with strong government support, new tailored organizations, and the approval of unique business ideas.
  • Notably, the city's mayor has expressed full-throated support for Aurora's new level of diversity, adding that the City of Lights is now the "city of dreams and diversity."
  • Similarly, the City of Aurora boasts of its racial diversity and ranking as the fifteenth most diverse city in America through its marketing channels.
  • Also, the government and community have created more diverse interest groups and events, including the Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, World Relief Aurora, and a new Ethnicity and Diversity exhibit at the Aurora Historical Society.
  • Additionally, government and business interests are launching new ventures which cater to these population changes, such as the creation of the largest Asian-themed shopping center in the US.

Stakeholders Involved

  • As with addressing the slowdown in population growth, the city of Aurora is adapting to more diverse demographics through the collaboration of numerous public and private stakeholders, including the City of Aurora, the Aurora Historical Society, and the refugee organization World Relief Aurora.

A Question to City Leaders

  • How are you fostering greater integration across the various ethnic communities that reside in Aurora, considering that some of the city's ethnic diversity is soloed within separate residential areas?


2019 Mass Shooting

Importance to the Community

  • This incident was and remains of great importance to the Aurora community given the scale of violence and loss of human life.
  • The event also had significant related ramifications, including school lockdowns/closures.
  • Moreover, the event and Aurora's response was highly visible at the state, national, and international level, with President Trump even engaging with Aurora during the situation and its aftermath.

What is Being Done

  • In the event's immediate aftermath, local and federal law enforcement agencies collaborated on securing the situation and updating the nation.
  • Key political leaders, including Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, and Donald Trump, expressed their support for police efforts and helped console the mourning city, state, and country.
  • Additionally, the greater Aurora community and FBI established victims' assistance efforts and various venues for the local and national community to express their support and sympathy.
  • In the months following, the mayor continued to establish a tone of "civil pride, solidarity and gratitude" while reflecting on the workplace shooting during his State of the City address.
  • Additionally, the city of Aurora has continued to invest heavily in its Neighborhood Group Support Initiative with communities and police officers, which resulted in Aurora being recognized as one of the top ten most engaged cities in the world.

Stakeholders Involved

A Question to City Leaders

  • How are you contributing to the national discussion on mass shootings in the wake of the February 2019 incident?


Research Strategy

To identify the key issues that are being tackled by leaders in Aurora, Illinois, we reviewed various credible resources, including the Chicago Tribune and Kane County Connects, which revealed the most significant events and challenges currently faced by the Aurora community and its city leaders. Through this research, we found that most of the news articles, government resources, and city reports highlighted slowing growth, demographic changes, and the 2019 mass shooting as significant concerns. These issues considerably affect the residents and businesses in the region and are currently being handled by city leaders.
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Business Community


Aurora is a suburb of Chicago with a population of over 200,000 people and a well-developed business sector. Businesses in Aurora employ 99,000 people. The largest employers include Caterpillar, school districts, and hospitals, but more than 72% of all the businesses in Aurora qualify as small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, according to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Initiatives to Promote Small Business

  • The Small Business Center of the Aurora Regional Chamber provides programs and resources to individuals who own small businesses or have decided to start small businesses in the Aurora area. Membership is part of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Mayor's Office of Economic Development focuses on small business development. A major project of the MOED is Pacifica Square: an Asian-themed commercial development of stores, beauty spas, restaurants, and residential space. The development is located in a "business improvement district" created by the City of Aurora.
  • A city initiative to allow food trucks in downtown Aurora began in June 2019. This initiative designated three areas in the city where food trucks can operate. Six small businesses per day can take advantage of this opportunity to sell their products.
  • An indication of the positive business climate in the city occurred when Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin was named the national recipient of the United States Conference of Mayors 2019 Small Business Advocate Award in recognition of his work to boost small businesses in the City of Aurora.

Aurora's Merchant Associations

  • Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognizes that 72% of Aurora's businesses have fewer than 20 employees, and devotes time and resources to supporting initiatives to help small businesses.
  • Women's Business Center Aurora. The Women's Business Center of the Aurora Regional Chamber is a program devoted to assisting women business owners and entrepreneurs who wish to start businesses in Aurora. It provides business counseling, training, and financial services.
  • Aurora Downtown. Aurora Downtown is an organization devoted to assisting downtown business and property owners to create a sustainable business environment. "Aurora Downtown is dedicated to making downtown Aurora a premier destination for arts, culture, entertainment, dining, living, and working."
  • Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to promote increased growth in Latino-owned businesses through events including networking, guest speakers, and job opportunities. The City of Aurora is home to a large Hispanic population.

City Partnerships with Business and Cultural Communities and Anchor Institutions

  • Invest Aurora. InvestAurora was created by the local Chamber in partnership with the City. The organization promotes economic development in Aurora by partnering with public and private sector organizations. An example of the partnerships is one with Illinois State University (ISU). Graduate students at ISU's Stevenson Center are awarded internships with Aurora businesses where they learn the basics of economic development.
  • An Invest/Aurora partnership with Paramount Theatre resulted in the sale of the former downtown Waubonsee Community College building to a group that created the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Centre in the space. InvestAurora purchased the building, which was then remodeled and is now home to several arts organizations. The new Arts Center also inspired the opening of several new downtown restaurants.

The City Sets Specific Dollar Amounts for Different Types of Bids

According to the City Procurement Office:
  • "Goods and Services less than $5,000 can be awarded based upon a written quote. The award document is either a P-card, city check, or Purchase Order. "
  • "Goods and Services exceeding $5,000 but less than $24,999 can only be awarded based on a purchasing issued informal solicitation requiring all offers to be delivered to the Purchasing Division Office. The award document is a Purchase Order."
  • "Goods and Services exceeding $25,000 can only be awarded based on a purchasing issued formal solicitation utilizing city generated forms and requiring sealed offers. The award must be confirmed through city council. The award document is a Purchase Order and contract."

A Question to City Leaders

  • Given the success of the John C. Dunham Arts Center project, do you have plans for additional business development initiatives?
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Overview

Aurora Illinois has a population of 200,965 residents from which 48,403 are between 15 and 34 years old. Their city elections took place in 2019 but will be voting for their county board, and state elections in 2020.

Overview of Population

  • Aurora, Illinois has a population of 200,965 residents, according to the latest data published by the government in 2020.
  • From these residents, the demographics are broken down by 101,324 men and 99,641 women.
  • The median age of the Aurora residents is 35.6 years old.
  • Based on the latest breakdown by age published in 2018, Aurora has 15,095 children under five years old, 13,256 between five and nine years old, and 10,873 between ten and 14 years old.
  • For the residents between 15 and 35 years old, the breakdown is 10,042 between 15 and 19 years, 10,615 between 20 and 24 years old, and 27,746 between 25 and 34 years old.
  • Older than 35 years old residents are broken down by 23,635 from 35 to 44 years, 15,111 from 45 to 54 years, 4,498 from 55 to 59 years, 3,179 from 60 to 64 years, 4,488 from 65 to 74 years, 3,133 from 75 to 84 years, and 1,319 from 85 and over.
  • Based on its race and ethnicity, the population of Aurora, Illinois 37.7% White, 42.5% Hispanic, 10.2% Black, 7.7% Asian, 1.8% Mixed, and the rest is 0.2%.

Upcoming Elections in 2020

  • The elections for the city council of Aurora took place in 2019, the residents will participate in the elections for different positions of Kane County's board, such as clerk, on March 17, 2020.
  • In 2020, the residents of Aurora will also participate in the elections for U.S. House, U.S. Senate, state house, state senate, Illinois appellate courts, Illinois Supreme Court, local and state ballot measures, which will take place in November 3rd.

Neighborhoods

  • The neighborhoods with the highest number of college students in Aurora are Blvd District, SW Aurora, and West Aurora.
  • NE Aurora, Georgetown, SE Aurora, and Big-Wds Marmion are the neighborhoods with the highest number of residents in their 20s, and Arrow Wood McCarty's Mill, Georgetown, and NW Aurora have the highest number of residents on their 30s.
  • South East Aurora and Washington are the neighborhoods with more married couples, and South East Aurora has more households with children.
  • South East Aurora and Washington are also the neighborhoods with the highest income per household, followed by Big-Woods Marmion, West Aurora, and Blvd District.
  • The ones with the lowest income per household are Sunny Vale, City Center, Expo Park, Highline Villages, and North Aurora.
  • The neighborhoods with the higher number of food stamps are West Park, Blackhawk, West Aurora, North Aurora, Arrow Wood McCarty's Mill, and Northwest Aurora.
  • South East Aurora, Georgetown, and Big-Woods Marmion are the neighborhoods with more employed residents.
  • Big-Woods Marmion has more professionals in the areas of technology, management, and self-employed residents. Most business experts and scientists are located in North East Aurora, Georgetown, Big-Woods Marmion, and South East Aurora.
  • Washington has the highest concentration of engineers, and Southwest Aurora has most sales-related jobs.
  • Finally, Pigeon Hill and West Park are the Neighborhoods with more residents that didn't complete their high-school education.

Programs for Residents

  • The Community Development Block Grant program was designed to help residents with low income.
  • Illinois Assist Mortgage Credit Program provides home loans and payment option for first-time home-buyers.
  • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) helps residents with low income that are unable to afford housing options.
  • Choose Aurora is a program that offers a loan of $3,000 or $5,000 to $67,700 for the down payment of a house.

City ID Card

Questions to City Leaders

  • Do you have plans to start a city identification card initiative?
  • The city has different programs in place for housing opportunities, do you have any plans to increase the education level of the residents, like scholarships or incentives, especially in less privileged neighborhoods?

Research Strategy

To calculate the number of residents between 15 and 35 years old, we made a sum of the residents in the group ages of 15 to 19 years (10,042), 20 and 24 years (10,615), and 25 and 34 years (27,746), based on the city statistics. The sum is 48,403 residents.

The neighborhoods that have high concentrations of creative workers, young families with spending power, independent retail hubs were determined based on industry and demographic.
NW Aurora, SE Aurora, and Georgetown are neighborhoods with a high number of young families with spending power.

Big-Woods Marmion is a neighborhood with creative workers, including professionals in technology, science, and more independent businesses being the one with most self-employed residents, business owners, managers, and workers in the sales and retail areas, followed by North East Aurora, Georgetown, Washington, and South East Aurora.
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  • "Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, is a city in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located primarily in DuPage and Kane counties, it is an outer suburb of Chicago and the second most populous city in the state,[6] and the 115th most populous city in the country.[7] The population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to have increased to 199,602 by 2018.[8] "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More, Ranked by July 1, 2013 Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. May 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 12, 2019. "The fastest growing US cities: Cities ranked 1 to 100". The City "
  • "Aurora is on the edge of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. The city has a long tradition of manufacturing as does much of Chicago metropolitan area. "
  • "According to the City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[23] the city's largest employers are: # Employer # of Employees 1 Caterpillar Inc. 2,300 2 Rush Copley Medical Center 2,000 3 West Aurora Public School District 129 1,650 4 East Aurora Public School District 131 1,320 5 Provena Mercy Medical Center 1,300 6 City of Aurora 1,280 7 Dreyer Medical Clinic 1,200 8 Indian Prairie School District 204 1,200 9 Hollywood Casino Aurora 1,010 10 MetLife, Inc. 760 "City of Aurora CAFR" (PDF). aurora-il.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2018."
  • "A fixture of Downtown Aurora, the Waubonsee Community College Campus, which was formerly located on Stolp Island near the Paramount Theatre, recently[when?] closed. A new and greatly expanded campus was built on the western banks of the river, between the river and IL Route 31. The construction of the campus was part of a larger plan to redevelop the Downtown area, putting in parks and new walking paths, and making the area more inviting. The plan also included a pedestrian bridge to connect the banks of the river. Also in the works is a plan to modify or reconstruct the bridges to Stolp Island, which have not been maintained for nearly 60 years. "
  • "Museums Aurora Historical Society Aurora Regional Fire Museum The Aurora Public Arts Commission Grand Army of the Republic Hall Phillips Park Zoo David L. Pierce Art and History Center SciTech Interactive Science Museum Schingoethe Museum of Native American Culture"
  • "The city is home to Aurora University, two branches of Waubonsee Community College, and a branch of Rasmussen College. According to the census of Aurora's population over the age of twenty-five, 26% hold a bachelor's degree. "
  • "The Beacon-News is Aurora's oldest business, first published in 1846, and is part of the Tribune Publishing"
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  • "Our goal at Invest Aurora is to promote Economic Development in this unique community that we call home. We attract businesses to Aurora to by promoting it as the dynamic and diverse city that it is. Invest Aurora works to strengthen the community by fostering public and private sector partnerships. These partnerships stimulate the economy through aiding in business attraction, retention, and expansion."
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  • "The local chamber of commerce initially formed Seize The Future Development Foundation, which merged with the city’s economic development agency in 2012 to establish Invest Aurora. “Invest Aurora works to make the city stronger by leveraging partnerships between public and private sectors to attract and expand business ventures that stimulate the economy, create jobs, and strengthen our community for Aurora residents,” explained President/CEO of Invest Aurora Dave Hulseberg. “Invest Aurora assists businesses by providing community data, land and building availability, financing resources, and other initiatives.”"
  • "Invest Aurora helps Stevenson Center Fellows strengthen their skills and gain real-world understanding of local economic development. "
  • "Like Brett Michaelson before him, Peace Corps Fellow Derek Conley served with Invest Aurora for his 11-month internship and was subsequently hired. As an economic development specialist, Conley is dedicated to attracting businesses or developers to Aurora and keeping them in the city. Conley refers to choosing the Stevenson Center for graduate school as one of the best decisions of his life. For him, the shift from the classroom to the field was smooth."
  • "Invest Aurora undertakes a range of economic development initiatives. As part of a $35 million development project, the former Waubonsee Community College [building]... will become the Aurora Arts Centre. "
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  • "The Procurement Division has the sole authority for awarding the purchase of goods, services, leases, service agreements, contracts, and the sale of surplus property. Procurement ensures that transaction(s) comply with city ordinances as well as all applicable federal and state statutes. "
  • "The City of Aurora has a centralized procurement division. The Procurement Division is the authority for all procurements. Businesses shall not make sales to city employees without the issuance of a purchase order approved by the Procurement Division. Employees outside of the procurement division do not have authority to commit city funds. Invitation to Providers of Goods and Services Businesses wishing to do business with the City of Aurora should register to be notified of future solicitation opportunities for their designated goods/services. The city desires to maximize competition fostering prudent oversight of taxpayer dollars. Businesses who have been selected for award must also be registered as a city vendor. This registration requires additional contact information and the submittal of a W9, EFT registration, and other information as requested at time of award. "
  • "Registration as a city vendor is only required for businesses awarded work, however to be considered for the purchase of goods and/or services not using the formal bidding/proposal process, the vendor may complete the vendor application packet and return to the Purchasing Division. "
  • "What are the city’s threshold for awarding work? • Goods and Services less than $5,000 can be awarded based upon a written quote. The award document is either a P-card, city check, or Purchase Order. • Goods and Services exceeding $5,000 but less than $24,999 can only be awarded based on a purchasing issued informal solicitation requiring all offers to be delivered to the Purchasing Division Office. The award document is a Purchase Order. • Goods and Services exceeding $25,000 can only be awarded based on a purchasing issued formal solicitation utilizing city generated forms and requiring sealed offers. The award must be confirmed through city council. The award document is a Purchase Order and contract. "
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  • "The Mayor's Office of Economic Development initiates, advances plans and follows through on all actions that lead to smart economic growth throughout the City. With Clear vision of the City's vast potential, and a "can do" culture, success measurements are new development, and redevelopment projects, increased assessed valuation, job growth with higher paying jobs and an underlying focus on downtown. Specifically, we will achieve an urban core with increased services, restaurants, businesses, entertainment options and new residents in a thriving downtown while still maintaining the unique character of our City. After all, "Aurora is Open for Business"."
  • "Pacific Square LLC is the new owner and developer for the former Yorkshire Plaza, also known as Pacifica Square in Aurora, Illinois. This group had a vision to rebrand the center to TG Pacifica Square creating the largest Asian lifestyle shopping center in the US. There are three phases to this redevelopment. Phase I will include revitalizing the current shopping center by bringing in more tenants with a variety of different Asian restaurants and services. For Phase II, a 5-story office building. And Phase III will use a mix of commercial and residential building."
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  • "Aurora Downtown is a nonprofit organization of downtown business and property owners within Special Service Area (SSA) #One in downtown Aurora, Ill. Aurora Downtown is governed by a volunteer board with specific goals to enhance the downtown area."
  • "Enjoy art, culture, museums, and many more discoveries at every turn. Whether taking in a breathtaking stage performance, shopping for home decor, or learning about the planetary sciences, we’ve got something for you. Find out more about where to visit and what to see in the heart of the City of Lights!"
  • "Governed by a board of directors, the organization aligns themselves with the following goals: Create, fund, and staff a downtown management and development organization. Assist business and property owners to enhance and maintain a safe, secure, clean, and hospitable business environment. Attract businesses; plan, coordinate, and monitor capital improvement projects for downtown Identify and work with business and property owners to encourage growth and improvements. Design and implement a unified marketing plan. Create programs to facilitate the funding of projects. "
  • "Aurora Downtown is dedicated to making downtown Aurora a premier destination for arts, culture, entertainment, dining, living, and working."
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  • "Our purpose is to facilitate access to resources which promote economic growth in the Latino Marketplace. The AHCC operates and conducts its activities with the above in mind while we continue to provide increased services to our membership, increased visibility of our Chamber, networking opportunities, guest speakers and a strengthened pride for participants in our Latino Marketplace."
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  • " The funding for the Arts Center was a complicated mix of public and private money that created a combination of theatrical and residential space. As part of the overall deal, The Community Builders, who did much of the development and contracting work, also renovated the Coulter Building at Broadway and Downer Place, refurbishing housing for special needs individuals. As part of the private funding, donors contributed money toward different items, in some cases sponsoring individual classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Some of the donors were individuals, as noted with their names. Others were organizations, such as the Aurora Kiwanis Club, which sponsored the art and technical theater room. "
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  • "With a real estate closing early in October, the former Waubonsee Community College building in downtown Aurora will soon become a regional destination arts center. As crews begin interior rehabilitation this week, officials are planning for a new era in the resurgence of the arts in the City of Lights. “Downtown is evolving right before our eyes, and we are all eager to see what it becomes,” said Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “As the Aurora Arts Centre project moves forward, so does the progress of the entire downtown area. The opportunity to take vacant property and transform it into a multi-use complex provides a blueprint for future projects throughout our city.” Vacant for more than five years, the former college is located directly next door to the Paramount Theatre. Invest Aurora purchased the building last year for $350,000 in order to facilitate the development of the Arts Centre. The 80,000 sq. ft. Aurora Arts Centre is a $35 million investment and the next major milestone in Downtown Aurora’s revitalization effort."
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  • "“The foundational purpose of the WBC Aurora is to advance the economic independence of women, with special attention given to the socially and economically disadvantaged,” said Emilia DiMenco, WBDC president and CEO. “Through their complementary relationship, the WBC Chicago and WBC Aurora will be able to provide services, including business counseling, entrepreneurial training, financing assistance, loan packaging, and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification and procurement technical assistance for contracts.”"
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  • "Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin has been named the national recipient of the United States Conference of Mayors 2019 Small Business Advocate Award. Each year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors selects a recipient from among its 1,400 member-mayors who has publicly and consistently supported small businesses and serves as a model for other communities."
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  • "Effective immediately, the city of Aurora is providing space and opportunity for food trucks and mobile food vendors to conduct business during the week in downtown Aurora. “This new initiative allows for more dining options in Aurora while providing an opportunity for small businesses owners to build clientele and strengthen their business,” said Mayor Irvin. City staff decided on six spots for food trucks that are available at three locations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The locations, which are clearly marked with signage, are: WATER STREET SQUARE across from City Hall on Water Street between Downer Place and Benton Street has two designated spots at the south end of the site. BENTON STREET has two designated spots between Stolp Ave and River Street on the north side of the bridge near the swimming stones. RIVER STREET has two designated spots between Galena Blvd and New York Street on the west side of the street. The inclusion of regular food trucks and mobile food vendors in the downtown comes after a series of successful events featuring food trucks and discussions with existing downtown restaurant owners. “Downtown Aurora is experiencing a renaissance with increased energy, variety and novelty,” said Mayor Irvin. “Food trucks help to magnify all of those.”"
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  • "A member-driven business association, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business development in the greater Aurora and North Aurora region. Within its four divisions — economic development, community development, member services and business advocacy — the Chamber provides more than 390 programs, services and activities for the benefit of its members. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with five-star distinction; only one percent (1%) of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States can claim this distinction. Let us help you to succeed. "
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  • "Population 200,946 0.0194% growth Median Age 32.8 Median Household Income $66,848 4.5% growth Poverty Rate 13.1% Number of Employees 99,435 1.72% growth Median Property Value $170,800 1.61% growth"