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July / August 2018
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foodChicagoland Food & Beverage Network Gathering in Kane County

Networking event for food industry professionals 

The Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network is on the road! You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour and networking event to learn about Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, and meet other food & beverage industry professionals based in Kane County. All who are interested in building meaningful business relationships, growing networks, and increasing visibility are welcome to join. Feel free to share this event with your local food business networks including food and beverage marketing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution sectors.

All are welcome....bring a friend, bring a colleague, or bring your whole office! 

When: August 22, 2018 -- 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: FONA International, 1900 Averill Rd, Geneva, IL 60134

4:00 pm Check In, Cocktails & Networking
4:45 pm Program Begins
5:45 pm Q & A
6:15 pm Additional Networking
7:00 pm Close

About the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network (CFBN) launched in 2017 to bring industry players together, to provide a forum for collaboration and support, and to better connect the 4,500 companies in the industry across Chicagoland to drive innovation and growth in the region.

General admission for the event is $15 and registration can be completed online. If you represent a Kane County-based food and beverage company, please contact Chris Toth at 630-232-3491 with Kane County Development and Community Services to receive a registration code for free admission. 

recapKane County Recycling
Extravaganza Recap

Check out the stats on this year's Recycling Extravaganza 

The Annual Kane County Recycling Extravaganza, held in St. Charles on July 14th, served over 900 cars and recycled about 70,000 pounds (35 tons) of material. All of these items which otherwise may have been landfilled, will be reused or recycled:
  • 1.5 x (52-foot trailers) of electronic equipment (each truck holds 20,000 pounds of electronics)
  • 3 trucks full of confidential documents, shredded (each truck holds 11 - 13,000 pounds of paper)
  • 1 large box-truck of paint (910 gallons = 7,700 pounds of paint)
  • 1 roll-off dumpster (10,000 pounds estimated) of books (80% recycled, 20% reused)
  • 26 bicycles which will be fixed up and redistributed to areas of need in Chicago and globally
  • 700+ fluorescent tube lights
  • 1 semi-truck full of Styrofoam packaging
  • 1,225 pounds of batteries
  • 1 box truck of textiles - clothes, shoes and accessories
Visit the Kane County Recycles page for more information, or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County's Recycling Program Coordinator, 630-208-3841, with any questions.

Podcast: Zoning with Form-Based Codes

An episode from the Building Better Communities with Transit series

The zoning code is the most used organizing structure for building cities today. It tells landowners and developers how tall they can build buildings and what kind of use is allowed inside, among other things. But zoning codes have also been fairly controversial because they are sometimes a tool to segregate and separate people and uses, often in unsustainable ways.

As local officials and residents look for ways to build better communities, a more recent innovation has begun to move zoning codes away from a strict prescription of uses and car-based infrastructure and instead focus on the urban form and the spaces between buildings: form-based codes.

In this podcast you'll hear an interview with Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers about the use and benefits of form-based codes. She'll also address why people might push back against form-based codes and how to frame conversations about them and their benefits. 

The webinar is available for listening at Smart Growth America

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 or
Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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