Oswego hires new director to lead village economic development – ​​Chicago Tribune

Oswego, a growing town in Illinois’ fastest growing county, has a new director to lead the village’s economic development.

Oswego Village President Troy Parlier recently announced that the village has selected Kevin Leighty as its new Director of Economic Development. He will take office on May 2.

Leighty brings nearly a decade of experience in strategic development, including business retention and expansion, Oswego officials said. It will be responsible for attracting new businesses and supporting existing businesses in the village.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kevin to this important role,” Parlier said in a prepared statement. “We hope his energy and passion will have a big impact on Oswego’s goals for increased business development.”

Oswego is a growing community. According to US Census figures, the population of the village has increased from 30,355 in 2010 to 34,585 in 2020, an increase of 13%.

Leighty most recently served as an economic development management analyst for Schaumburg, which has more than 35 million square feet of retail space and 5,000 businesses, village officials said. It secured $1.25 million in public infrastructure grants through the state’s Rebuild Illinois Regional Economic Grant Program, village officials said.

He also helped manage Schaumburg’s fledgling tax increment funding district to support a multi-million dollar industrial development. Prior to his post in Schaumburg, Leighty completed a two-year internship in Elmhurst where he supported the economic development commission, the city manager’s office and the zoning and planning committee, village officials said.

Leighty earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University.

“I am incredibly excited to serve the Oswego community and balance the small-town charm of the village with the endless opportunities for growth that exist here,” Leighty said in the announcement. “With my experience building professional relationships in economic development in the Chicago area, I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to Oswego.”

Leighty has been the village’s fourth director of economic development since 2016.

Linda Girardi is a freelance journalist for The Beacon-News.

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