Message from the President
Posted by the Community Affairs Department
February 21, 2018
Sheila Chalmers-Currin

Message from the Village President

Greetings, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all Matteson residents, businesses, churches, and community service volunteers; for your undying support of our community, our government and our culture. The month of January has been a very eventful, but productive month. We recently announced an agreement with Pete's Fresh Market, which will open at the southwest corner of US 30 and Governors Hwy/Crawford Avenue at the old Dominick's store site. The initial phase of construction is set to begin this spring. The remaining aspects of construction are scheduled for early 2019 completion. After nearly two years of negotiations, the Village of Matteson is now one of Pete's thirteen Illinois locations.

My mission as Village President is to always have Matteson regarded as a regional leader of economic growth and success. Our impact on our surrounding communities continues to be viewed in a positive and productive light. On January 25, 2018, the Village of Matteson hosted The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) forum at the Matteson Holiday Inn. The list of speakers included:

  • Rob Rose, Executive Director at Cook County Land Bank Authority
  • Matt Ishikawa, First Vice President CBRE (Representative of Mannheim Business Park Matteson)
  • Craig Schmidt, Vice President of Community & Economic Development Prairie State College
  • Mark Kramer, Principal of Rich East High School
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

I would like to congratulate Ms. Juanita Hardin, who was appointed and approved by the Village Board to the Office of Trustee. We are extremely excited about Juanita's highly anticipated contributions to the entire Village Board. Ms. Hardin has been a part of our Economic Development Commission for over a year and has brought a significant amount of expertise to that particular Commission.

We've also faced some challenges to start the year with the closing of two of our Big Box Chain stores. The closures came amid efforts from the Village of Matteson to offer increased incentives. However, due to heavy online shopping and corporate downsizing, the stores were forced to close their doors. Some of the biggest names in retail have closed more than 5,000 stores this year due to increased competition from electronic shopping giants such as Amazon.

The electronic ordering market has created significant challenges for "Brick and Mortar" retailers versus that of traditional sales. But we too have to adjust and meet the challenge here within the Village of Matteson. We have increased our efforts to seek and solicit other non-retail prospective options. We have ongoing dialogue with our business and political leaders. But again, the recent closings are not localized to Matteson, but are the result of continuing trends of consumer behaviors.

The Village of Matteson has undergone an aggressive marketing campaign to further promote our community to businesses near and afar. We recognize the need to attract businesses that would result in destination activity for our hotels and businesses. This led to our decision to make a big push to attract and become a finalist for the Regional Little League Headquarters.

In addition, we have been approached by distribution centers, mega-storage facilities, warehousing companies, and trucking firms who all want to make Matteson their base of operations. We will continue to evaluate all prospects to initiate the most sustainable options for our Village.

I, along with the Village Board, will continue to keep Matteson "First" in our efforts, "First" in our planning and "First" in our hearts. But it will take all of us as a community to ensure that Matteson remains the crown jewel of the Southland and beyond.

Please continue to shop Matteson!

In your service,

Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Village President
Village of Matteson