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					E-NewsLEEDS
FROM YOUR LOCAL ECONOMIC & EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT
(LEED) COUNCIL
PHONE: (773) 929-5552
FAX:    (773) 929-6162




Note: LEED Council has two members that provide snow plow services.
Please feel free to contact either company for service.

Fleet Services, Inc.
Snow Plowing and Bobcat Services
Ask for Jim Borek, (312) 243-8077

Bad Weather
Snow Plowing
Ask for Mike Brough, (773) 617-4996


January 16, 2009

                                      CONTENTS

1. LEED COUNCIL FOCUSES ON A MEMBER: OLD TOWN MERCHANTS &
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

2. DATES FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS REGARDING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE
PLANS AND PROJECTS

3. ADVANCED COMPUTER-SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR 2009

4. WORKERS AT REPUBLIC WINDOWS MAY WIN GREEN JOBS VICTORY

5. ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION RELATED
INDUSTRIES TO BE HELD IN FEBRUARY

6. GREEN OFFICE CHALLENGE

7. BUSINESS SUSTAINBILITY IN A WORLD CRISIS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY
12TH

8. WIND ENERGY FORUM, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

9. SECOND ANNUAL US SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING SUMMIT – APRIL 29
& 30 – NAVY PIER, CHICAGO
10. CHICAGOLAND NATURAL GAS REBATE PROGRAMS

11. SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT OR SALE

12. STAFF LISTINGS

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1. LEED COUNCIL FOCUSES ON A MEMBER: OLD TOWN MERCHANTS &
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION


                    Old Town Merchants & Residents Association
                             1520 North Wells Street
                              Chicago, Illinois 60610
                                 (312) 951-6106
                             www.oldtownchicago.org


                             Since its establishment in 1971, the Old Town Merchants
                             and Residents Association has served as the voice of the
                             Old Town community advocating city services for
                             businesses and residents including community policing,
                             street cleaning, lighting and community planning.
                             Working in partnership with 27th Ward Alderman Walter
                             Burnett and 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley, the
                             Association addresses issues concerning streetscape
                             maintenance, commercial and residential development,
                             zoning and parking.

Members are business owners, property owners and residents of Old Town. A majority
of the Association's membership is made up of business/property owners who also live
in Old Town. Members are kept informed of Association projects and community issues
through the publication of the Old Town News newsletter and through networking
socials held throughout the year.

“One obstacle facing business districts right now is
bringing in new businesses. During this economic
downturn it can be difficult to attract and retain small
businesses. That is why the Old Town Merchants &
Residents Association is offering as much support as
possible by hosting a Small Business Resource
Forum, Friday, January 30th 9:15-10:30am (see more
on the Forum below)

When asked what you like about this area for business,
John responded, “Old Town has a little bit of everything in the neighborhood. The
neighborhood has vintage houses that have a distinct character that cannot be matched
throughout the city of Chicago. Also, there is great entertainment, fabulous restaurants
and boutiques in the area. The boutiques offer rare or upscale merchandise.”

                              “Our organization is unique due to the fact that we work
                              hard to represent the interest of the merchants and
                              residents in the area. We don’t focus on one sector of
                              the neighborhood, we focus on improving and
                              maintaining the area for everyone involved” said John.

                              The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association and
                              the LEED Council have collaborated in the past on issues
                              such as the need to improve the North & Clybourn CTA
                              Red Line Station, traffic and congestion issues and
business development efforts. Also, John reads the LEED’s electronic newsletter to
keep informed of local events and projects.

John mentioned that he likes to eat lunch at Dinotto Ristorante located at 215 W. North
Avenue. It’s a popular neighborhood and family-owned Italian restaurant.

Thank you Old Town Merchants & Residents Association for your support!


DON’T FORGET THE SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE FORUM, FRIDAY, JANUARY
30TH!!!

Thinking of branching out or changing your focus? Curious about free or low cost
business advice? Need to get connected to financing? Then come to the Small
Business Resource Forum at the Near North Branch of the Chicago Public Library
(310 W Division, near the Clark/Division Red Line) on Friday, January 30th from 9:15-
10:30 am.

This forum will feature speakers from the Small Business Administration, SCORE,
ACCION, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, and Chicago
Community Ventures. This forum is hosted by the Old Town Merchants and Residents
Association and the Near North Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Please RSVP at
312-951-6106 or otmra@oldtownchicago.org.


2. DATES FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS REGARDING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE
PLANS AND PROJECTS

LEED Council has scheduled the following meetings to advance our public
infrastructure investment agenda for the North River Industrial Corridor and the
surrounding areas. These meetings are open to concerned businesses and groups in
the area.

Elston Corridor Planned Manufacturing District (PMD)—Fleet Maintenance
Facility-Area Street Improvements -- Wednesday, January 21st at 10:30am
This meeting will be a follow up to the meeting at Sipi Metals last fall. City engineers
have incorporated your issues into revised drawings and designs for the streets near
the city maintenance facility.
Where: Department of Fleet Management, 1685 N Throop St.

Chicago-Halsted PMD/Elston Corridor PMD—Alternative Industrial Truck Road
Concept Plan – Note—this meeting is being rescheduled.
This meeting is a follow up to a meeting held last January at Chicago Scenic Studios
where city planners presented a right of way concept for an industrial roadway that
would link firms like Blommer Chocolate, Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, Prairie
Materials and other firms to the Kennedy Expressway using existing railroad right of
way routes. This meeting will review that proposed route and explore issues with
industrial firms adjoining the route and others interested in how they might benefit from
the roadway.
Where: The Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, 777 W. Chicago Ave.


North River Industrial Corridor Infrastructure Taskforce;
This is the regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting of the Infrastructure Taskforce.
When: Thursday, February 12th at 9:00am
Where: Artists’ Frame Service, 1871 North Clybourn, 2nd Floor Conference Room

For more information on any of these meetings or to raise a concern regarding area
infrastructure, please contact Jennifer Raimer, Associate Director of Business Services
and Job Placement, LEED Council, (773) 929-5552 x236.


3. ADVANCED COMPUTER-SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR 2009

In 2009, LEED Council will roll out advanced computer-skills programs.

Internet and Computing Core (IC3)—Saturdays
On Saturdays we will offer an 8-week course in which trainees can work towards a
widely-recognized IT-industry certification known as Internet and Computing Core
(IC3). The purpose of the certification is to provide trainees with the skills needed to
succeed in any job requiring the use of computers and the Internet.

The first Saturday course begins on January 17 and runs for 8 weeks through March 7.
The cost of the course is $50 (scholarships are available). Max Enrollment =10.

•   The Living Online module, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, focuses on e-mail, networks,
    the World Wide Web and the Internet, with the emphasis on online skills needed to
    secure employment
•   The Key Applications module, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm, covers the types of
    applications indispensable in any workplace: word processing (programs such as
    Word), spreadsheet (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint)

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Advanced Computer Skills Workshops—Tuesdays and Thursdays
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. we will offer a series of in-
depth two-session workshops (trainees must attend both sessions) on a variety of
topics. Each two-session workshop costs $50 (scholarships are available). Max
Enrollment =10.

Keyboarding—January 20 and 22
Windows XP—January 27 and 29
Outlook—February 3 and 5
On-Line Job Search—February 10 and 12
Word—February 17 and 19
Power Point—February 24 and 26
Excel—March 3 and 5
PC Maintenance—March 10 and 12

These 8 workshops will be repeated twice. Additional workshop topics will be added
throughout the year. Watch E-Newsleeds and the LEED Council website at
www.leedcouncil.org for future topics and schedules.

The previously announced IC3 Prep (Jan. 13 and 15), Test Anxiety & Exam Testing
(Jan. 20 and 22), and Word 2003 & 2007 (Jan 27 and 29) will be rescheduled for
another time.

All programs will be offered in the LEED Council’s state-of-the-art computer lab on the
second floor of our facility at 1866 N. Marcey Street, Chicago, IL 60614.

For more information or to sign up for a program, please contact T. Manning at 773-
929-5552, ext 229 or tmanning_leed@hotmail.com.


4. WORKERS AT REPUBLIC WINDOWS MAY WIN GREEN JOBS VICTORY

UE Local 1110 announced yesterday that the leading company in the green window
business -- Serious Materials, based in Sunnyvale, California -- is in the final stages of
working out an agreement to purchase the assets of Republic Windows and Doors.
Members of UE Local 1110 staged a sit-in last month to win severance, health benefits
and earned vacation pay, after the plant's previous owner shut down with only three
days' notice to workers.

Though some details still need to be finalized, the union is told that the parties are very
close to inking a deal. "We are all hopeful about the possibility of Serious reopening our
plant. This would be a very happy ending to our struggle," said former Republic worker
and Local 1110 Vice President Melvin Maclin.

Serious Materials is a leading manufacturer of energy saving green building products.
Their stated mission is to reduce greenhouse gases by one billion tons annually. "These
are the green-collar jobs we need for the future of our community," said Armando
Robles, former Republic maintenance worker and president of Local 1110. Serious
Materials and the union believe there is market in the Midwest for the energy efficient,
super-insulating windows and commercial glass that Serious makes.
Serious has said that it hopes, after a ramp-up period, to eventually hire all of the former
Republic workforce. For that to happen, however, the bankruptcy court must act quickly.
The local fears that if the court delays, the business will evaporate and it will be difficult
to re-hire anyone. "We hope that the creditors, trustee and judge will allow Serious to
purchase the assets soon, so I and my co-workers can start making windows again,"
said Robles.

For more information visit http://www.ueinternational.org/


5. ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION RELATED
INDUSTRIES TO BE HELD IN FEBRUARY

The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program has organized
government experts to provide training to the construction industries regarding new and
existing environmental regulations impacting how they do their work. Attendees will
learn about asbestos, lead, radon, floodplain, debris disposal, erosion control and
endangered species regulations, as well as energy efficiency incentives. All workshops
will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m. with lunch provided. The workshops are open to
anyone; however demolition contractors, developers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters,
code officials, property managers, architects and engineers would especially benefit
from the information being presented.

Speakers will be from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Emergency
Management Agency as well as the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity. The Chicagoland event will be held on February 4th in Palatine. For more
information, including other locations, and to register click here.


6. GREEN OFFICE CHALLENGE

A strategy of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Green Office Challenge helps
participants achieve strategies that reduce energy use, waste, and water use, and
provides an exciting way for businesses to make Chicago a greener place to live and
work. The North River Industrial Corridor has been allowed in to the first rounds of
‘competition’. To learn more, call Paige Finnegan, Director of Sustainable
Development, at (773) 929-5552 ext 226.


7. BUSINESS SUSTAINBILITY IN A WORLD CRISIS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY
12TH

The Executives’ Club of Chicago is hosting a half-day conference on Business
Sustainability in a World Crisis at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago on Thursday, February
12th from 7:30 am to 2 pm. Speakers include leaders from IKEA, Coca-Cola, Microsoft,
American Electric Power, and CNN. Click here to register.
8. WIND ENERGY FORUM, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH

Chicago has become one of the most important cities in the world for the wind industry,
and Illinois has been among the top US states in new wind project construction. As
such, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) will be
hosting the WindEnergy Business 2009 conference on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 in
Chicago. The primary objective of the conference is to open a dialogue for partnership
between companies from two of the world’s leading countries in wind energy
technologies. Industry leaders, policymakers, and the people on the ground will discuss
the current status of the technology and the future developments.

Attendees will include Wind Energy producers, technology suppliers, system and
component manufacturers, developers, investors, public policy makers and other
stakeholders that have an interest in a renewable energy future. Registration is now
open and is free for the first 120 participants. Click here for more information and
registration.


9. SECOND ANNUAL US SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING SUMMIT – APRIL 29
& 30 – NAVY PIER, CHICAGO

This event comes at a critical time for the US manufacturing sector which is under
increasing pressure to cut costs under the financial crisis while continuing to drive
sustainable initiatives. President-elect Barack Obama's tough stance on climate will
soon add regulatory pressure to the industry's push towards sustainability.

This event will help companies anticipate changes under the new administration by
offering access to the experts developing energy and climate policy recommendations.
It will also provide the big picture on international climate policy developments affecting
multinationals.

This year's event focuses on building cost-efficient and climate-friendly strategies for the
manufacturing sector. By bringing together senior sustainability professionals from
leading manufacturers and strategic experts in green manufacturing, this event offers
solutions that address both the financial and the climate crisis. For more information,
visit:
http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/corporateclimateresponse/sustainable_manufa
cturing_summit_US09.html


10. CHICAGOLAND NATURAL GAS REBATE PROGRAMS

The Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program is designed to encourage eligible
residential customers to install high efficiency, gas saving products by providing cash
incentives, while educating customers about the benefits of energy efficiency. Items
eligible for rebates include water heaters, ceiling and wall insulation, clothes washers,
furnaces and boilers. Click here to learn more or call Paige Finnegan, (773) 929-5552
ext. 226 for more information on this and other rebate programs.
11. SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT OR SALE

                                --New Listing--
Location:      1140 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL
Size:          70,000 sf building size—30,200 sf available for rent with offices
               built to suit
Zoning:        Goose Island Planned Manufacturing District (PMD)
Contact:       Paul C. Gearen, (847) 698-7400, pgearen@nplchicago.com
               Mark Barbato (847) 698-7402, mbarbato@nplchicago.com
Price:         Gross Rent $12.00 per sf
Description:   LEED Silver-Rated renovation; 40’ x 15’ skylights; warehouse area
               has access to outdoor green Chicago River walk along back; power
               1,200 amps; parking is ample w private lot; 3 exterior docks; 23’
               clear height; with full sprinkler system.

                                --New Listing--
Location:      1740 W. Webster Street, Chicago, IL
Size:          4,500 to 30,000 square feet of first floor space along the Chicago
               River is available for warehouse, retail/showroom, flex or light
               manufacturing
Zoning:        C3-3 Industrial/Commercial Mixed
Contact:       Mitch Goltz, Chody Real Estate Corp, (312) 494-2130 Mitch Goltz,
               mitch@chodyre.com
Price:         $11.00 to $13.00 per square foot, Modified Gross
Description:   Space features 23’ ceilings, concrete floors, timber beams,
               exposed brick, open layout, skylights, offices, drive-in doors,
               loading dock, outdoor storage, off-street parking & onsite
               management. Tremendous visibility from all directions.

Location:      4015 W. Carroll
Size:          Multiple units available for rent: 1,155sf up to 2,500sf
Zoning:        Industrial
Contact:       Mike Buccitelli, Jane Addams Resource Center, 773-728-9769 x 17
Price:         Monthly rent ranges from $850 to $1,500 (tenant pays metered gas
               and electric)
Description:   Multi-tenant conversion of older industrial building; TIF and
               Enterprise Zone incentives; steps to Lake Street Green Line rapid
               transit; Pulaski Bus; 200 amp-three phase electric; new common
               area and ADA compliant restrooms.

Location:      1229 N. North Branch
Size:          Various office space lofts & recording studio: 160sf to 2,282 sf
Zoning:        Goose Island PMD 3
Contact:       Susan L. Kuncl, property manager
               (312)-266-0600
Price:         Rents range from $350.00 to $3,341.00
Description:   Renovated commercial office lofts and recording studio.
               3 story secure building, 24 hour access, exposed timber framing
               and duct work, free use of conference area , roof top deck.
Location:            2900-20 N. Western
Size:                Total 49,447 square feet, Lot size 260' by 288', Almost 2 acres
Contact:             Eva, (312) 771-7772, ReMax Properties Northwest
Description:         The site consists of a modern one-story building--with
                     a large industrial space along George Ave. and newer office space
                     in front, facing Western. Next to the office space, also on Western,
                     is a parking and loading area with at least one loading dock.

Location:            Fmr. Cooper Lamp Bldg. (now Green Exchange)
                     2545 W. Diversey
Size:                240,000 sq. ft. bldg. on 4 floors
Zoning:              C2
Market:              Targeting “green” firms with environmentally sustainable products &
                     services
Contact:             Phil Baugh (312) 275-3102, Baum Realty Group
Description:         Landmark bldg. adjacent to Kennedy Expressway is being
                     renovated to achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental
                     Design (LEED) “Platinum” rating; excellent opportunity for small
                     businesses, tech companies, retail, office, and daycare uses with a
                     focus on “green” businesses including manufacturers, distributors
                     and retailers of sustainable, energy efficient, products and services.

Location:            1731 N. Elston, Former Aetna Plywood Building (updated
                     5/30/2008)
Size:                Industrial spaces up to 8,500 sf; retail spaces up to 4,000 sf.; Total
                     Industrial = 53,000 SF
Zoning:              Elston Corridor PMD 2
Contact:             Mike Nelson or Al Schulman, Paine Wetzel, (773) 714-9300
Description:         Industrial and PMD-eligible retail for lease; retail $24.sf net;
                     industrial spaces $12/sf net. Condominiums for Sale; internal
                     columns in bldg have been removed to enable clear spans for
                     users

Location:            3067 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Size:                Available SF: 22,000 SF, Min: 10,000 SF, Max: 32,000 SF
                     Total Building SF: 32,000 SF
Contact:             Rodger Chenore, SIOR, Paine/Wetzel and Associates, Inc.
                     773.714.9315 (Direct)
                     773.714.9300


12. STAFF LISTINGS

LEED Council Staff
Phone Directory
(773) 929-5552
Fax: 929-6162

Ted Wysocki          [extension 223]
President & CEO
Margaret Gonwa      [extension 224]
Director of Workforce Development

Michael Holzer     [extension 225]
Director of Economic Development

Paige Finnegan      [extension 226]
Director of Sustainable Development

Jennifer Raimer      [extension 236]
Associate Director for Business Services & Job Placement

T. Manning         [extension 229]
Adult Education Manager

Dean Rennie            [extension 232]
Industrial Skills Trainer

Danny Shields       [extension 230]
Computer Skills Trainer

Angelic Phillips    [extension 228]
Client Services Coordinator

Paddie Brennan     [extension 221]
Volunteer Coordinator

Froi Nunez           [extension 222]
Bookkeeper