LANSING | A former alumni relations director for Trinity Christian College will take over next month as the new economic development director for municipal government.
The Village Board, by a 5-0 vote with Trustee Julie Butler absent, voted Tuesday to approve Village President Norm Abbott’s pick of Travis Bandstra to be the new person in charge of trying to attract businesses to locate to Lansing.
He will begin his new position May 5, replacing Kristi DeLaurentiis, who resigned her position as the village’s director of planning and development in January to accept a job with Glen Ellyn-based Metro Strategies Inc.
Bandstra has a master’s degree from Northwestern University in public policy, with a specialization in economic development.
He also has worked as a corporate relocation consultant with Paragon Relocation Services and as an associate appraiser for American Appraisal Associates.
Bandstra is married with one son. His wife, Lisa, is a neonatal nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The family plans to move to Lansing.
Bandstra said he likes that Lansing has a history dating to the 19th century. He also likes that recent business attractions, such as the coming of a Super Walmart later this year, have created a sense of momentum he hopes to use in getting more businesses to come to the village.
He also was pleased to see the creation of a new tax increment finance district along Torrence Avenue.
Bandstra wants to develop a comprehensive plan for the village. A draft of one was referred by the Village Board on Tuesday to the village’s Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.
That board will hold a public hearing on the issue at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the Municipal Court Complex, 2710 170th St.