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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Plenty of fun this fall in Chicago Southland

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Plenty of fun this fall in Chicago Southland

Although summer is not going away quietly, there is no doubt fall has arrived. This is a really great time for families and festivals in the Chicago Southland. Here are some of the top things to check out this fall.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s never too late to appreciate your partners

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s never too late to appreciate your partners

Sometimes in business, and in life, we feel like a lone sled dog on our own personal Iditarod pulling a loaded sled. Sometimes all we need is a partner, and suddenly the burden doesn’t seem as heavy as others join and pull towards the final goal.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

A new 3.7 million-square-foot all-natural health club started construction recently and promises free access to the 1.5 million people who live within 15 minutes of it.

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Visitors economy produces value, jobs

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Visitors economy produces value, jobs

While talking recently with a local hotel manager, we discussed the challenges facing the travel and tourism industry. There were the obvious ones like the economy and the overall business climate.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

“The stories are in these faces,” I said out loud while walking through the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center. Looking at the historic images of the proud Pullman Porters and mustached Hotel Florence workers and guests, I saw stories waiting to be told.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Dick Durbin and Jim Garrett

Dick Durbin and Jim Garrett

U.S. Sen. Dick Dubrin, left, and Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jim Garrett at the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center in Chicago after the Jan. 24 announcement of the Pullman National Historical Park Act.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Much to be thankful for in Chicago Southland

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Much to be thankful for in Chicago Southland

With Thanksgiving recently passed and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to reflect on the many things we are thankful for here in the Chicago Southland. I am thankful for ...

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett is president and CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland hospitality efforts paying off

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland hospitality efforts paying off

The value of tourism in Illinois is over $1 billion of direct spending by the 100 million visitors this past year. The tourism industry added 6,700 jobs, with one in 10 jobs directly or indirectly related to tourism. Tourism means business for Illinois.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Investing in tourism makes dollars and sense

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Investing in tourism makes dollars and sense

What economic engine could you activate in your community with a $6 return per $1 investment and in the meantime create something local residents also would enjoy? Invest in tourism.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Hospitality industry pumps dollars into economy

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Hospitality industry pumps dollars into economy

I was speaking with a young banker at a recent networking event, when I asked him, “How long have you been in the hospitality industry?”

October 21, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism contributes to Chicago Southland economy

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism contributes to Chicago Southland economy

All across America this week, Destination Marketing Organizations, like the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, are celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. This week, we focus on how everyday Americans benefit from tourism. Whether directly through employment, or throug…

May 06, 2012 12:00 am
2012 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board members

2012 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board members

Today, we introduce new members of The Times Editorial Advisory Board. They have agreed to share their opinions on issues of local and regional interest. Look for these familiar names and faces on columns in the Forum section over the next year.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

Photos

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: This year's highlights, next year's preview

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: This year's highlights, next year's preview

As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, I find myself oscillating between reflecting the year that has been, and the year that is to come. The municipalities in the Chicago Southland accomplished many things that advanced their economic and community development. Some of t…

December 18, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Companies must develop their cultural competency

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Companies must develop their cultural competency

During the recent Diversity Inc. annual dinner and awards at Olympia Fields County Club, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau was awarded the Community Spirit award for the bureau's ongoing support of diversity in our marketing and development campaigns.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: National Travel and Tourism Week highlights tourism's benefits

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: National Travel and Tourism Week highlights tourism's benefits

The week of May 8-14 marks National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States. Tourism's impact on the national, state and local economies cannot be understated, and the jobs the travel and tourism industries provide the American work force are substantial.

May 01, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Expanding convention center nears completion

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Expanding convention center nears completion

Several tourism-related projects of note are under way in Chicago's south suburbs that will have an impact far beyond our borders.

March 13, 2011 12:00 am
2011 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board members

2011 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board members

Today, we introduce new members of The Times Editorial Advisory Board. These individuals have agreed to share their opinions on issues of local and regional interest. Look for these familiar names and faces on columns in the Forum section over the next year.

January 02, 2011 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: We have many people to be thankful for

It's that time of year when we traditionally assess our individual situations, count our blessings and celebrate the human spirit. In 2010, for many of us, assessing is outdistancing the counting and celebrating by a mile.

November 28, 2010 12:00 am
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