A Message from Mayor Streit (dated summer, 2015)
To the Lockport Business Community.
For many years, our community has been in a “someday” mode when it comes to progress and development. By God’s grace and hard work, we are finally emerging from that place and seeing development around the city; ground has been broken for new business parks, new retail, new housing, major infrastructure projects, and a tired eyesore in the Downtown has been rehabbed with a new restaurant. Be encouraged. There are many other projects on the table as well.
We are also getting noticed. Our events have been in all the south suburban newspapers, on the radio, even on Comcast News Makers and Fox32 television. Events like the Summer Art Series were created for just such a reason – to get noticed. That being said, the Summer Art Series events coming up on July 31-August 2 need to be well attended if we are to keep them alive and keep the momentum we are currently experiencing in Lockport. To be frank, we are not yet at self-sustaining development numbers yet, which means we, as a business community, need to continue with our efforts to make Lockport the best city in the Southwest Suburbs.
I am asking you to attend at least one of the ticketed events. There is the Gala on Saturday, August 1 from 6pm – Midnight. You can come in either steampunk costume or black tie. The tickets are $125 a piece and this is how we help pay for the sculptures, art, and advertising we see around town. Full price tickets cover comp tickets that I give to Chicagoland developers who are considering investing in Lockport. In addition, Lockport Chamber of Commerce members have been given a coupon code which deducts $40 off each ticket. The Gala is our opportunity to showcase ourselves as a creative, innovative, and motivated community. Your presence is therefore vital to get that message across to these guests.
If you cannot make it on Saturday, there is also a High Tea on Sunday, August 2 at 1:00. Tickets are $35 and will be the event will be hosted by our very own Thimbles. The tea will be catered by a professional tea service, and we have been provided with tea from one of the world’s oldest tea regions in Burma.
“Someday” is now. Let’s get a little Carpe Diem going!
Tickets available at: www.sumerartseries.com
In your service,
Mayor Steven Streit