SOUTH SIDE ILLINI spotlight: David Dorgan 

president, urban innovation solutions

About David Dorgan:  From his Political Science Degree, to Planning and Economic Development 


David Dorgan has worked across the board for units of government, non-for-profits, and private sector clients. David’s consulting includes development efforts of the private sector with tax increment financing, public sector with downtown master planning, intergovernmental agreements, and formulation of economic incentive packages along with non-for-profit development services. 

In his professional career Mr. Dorgan has participated in developing and managing 13 Tax Increment Districts, one Enterprise Zone and one Rivers Edge Zone. He helped communities receive more than $100 million in grants and other government money and negotiated more than 30 redevelopment agreements . 

Mr. Dorgan's accomplishments include:

  • Major influence in Tinley Park being awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Best Economic Development Organization of 2006Negotiated the Fisher Nut relocation to Elgin creating 1,100 jobs

  • Management of the I-80 corridor development, downtown  redevelopment and oversaw the creation of the Tinley Park Convention Center.

  • Oversight to portions of Elgin’s downtown redevelopment

  • Creation and layout of a new growth strategy for  21,000  acres

After retiring from 25 years of Illinois City Management, Mr. Dorgan formed his own company in 2005 to allow him to do what he likes to do best: economic development.     

Where:  Tribes Alehouse and Grill   |   When:  October 15th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm   |   Cost:  No Charge

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Cowbird Monogamy 


Cosmos (Sydney, Oct. 1) – In a seven-year study led by animal biology professor Mark Hauber of the U. of I., researchers found that 75% of cowbirds – nest parasites that lay their eggs in nests of other species – are monogamous during any given breeding season. “These birds are emancipated from the costs of needing a mate to take care of the young, and yet they are engaging in monogamy,” Hauber says. “It’s the opposite of what you would predict by theory.”



6:00PM Tue 15 Oct 2019 - 9:30PM Fri 18 Oct 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Tribes Alehouse and Grill
9501 W 171st St
Tinley Park, IL 60477

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