McHenry recently sent three staffers and Mayor Wayne Jett to Las Vegas to tout the city’s retail potential.
Jett, economic development director Doug Martin, economic development coordinator Dorothy Wolf and Parks and Recreation Department director Bill Hobson attended the International Council of Shopping Centers 2018 retail convention in hopes of spurring development in the city.
The networking conference cost the city $6,211.05, which included a $1,200 registration and meeting space fee, $332.48 for display costs, $1,515.84 for airfare, $2,500.24 in hotel costs, $662.49 for ground transportation and parking, and $30 a day per person for meals, according to information provided by the city.
Martin called the conference “productive.”
“We met with developers and retailers and talked about different opportunities for new businesses coming to town,” he said. “We talked to consultants about things we could be doing that we aren’t doing that will help get more opportunity to the city.”
He said the four officials took the opportunities to network, advertise McHenry and talk about opportunities to redevelop vacant and distressed spaces in the city.
“We are definitely focused on revitalizing West Route 120, the downtown and filling gaps in some of the retail areas,” Martin said. “If we work on those areas, they may spawn opportunities in adjacent areas.”
The conference was May 20 to 23. The McHenry representatives arrived May 19 and returned May 24.