Summer 2014

In This Issue
Parking Deck Construction Starts Soon
City Sells RiverPark to Park District
Third Street Pedestrian Mall Coming
Stay On Top Of Road Construction
Swedish Days Photo Gallery
Bike Art Program Debuts
Public Works Has New Leadership
Swedish Ambassador Visit
Bike To Metra Guide
Aldermen Meet and Greet
Share Your Summer Photos
Fire Department News
Community Development Department News
Administrative Services Department News
Police Department News
Public Works Department News
Economic Development Department News
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The City would like to thank the following donors to the Geneva Beautification Committee:


Charlie Miller Landscaping & Snow
Susan Cherney
Dorothy Flanagan
Heinz Bros. Nursery
Integrated Natural Medicine, Dr. Eric & Elizabeth Spicher
National Seed, Tom Brier
Riley Drugs, Tim Riley
Scentimental Gardens (SG Geneva)
Ron & Marilyn Singer 


Mayor's Message 
Dear Neighbors,


You have often heard me boast about the 143 men and women who are employed by the City of Geneva. Day in and day out (holidays and weekends included), they do not just go about their jobs.


They proudly carry out their duties with fidelity to the City's mission and vision that make Geneva a special community in so many ways.


And so it is, when these professionals lose one of their own, as we did recently with the unexpected passing of Electric Superintendent Michael Buffington and Police Records Specialist Cathy Baldwin, the impact is jolting and the grief is nearly inconsolable. 


However, what makes a team great is not just about serving others but how underscored they serve and support each other in difficult times.


Mr. Buffington and Ms. Baldwin - like each and every employee - represented the City of Geneva beyond their official job titles.


They helped secure and sustain the reputation of our community by how they performed their duties; dealing often times with upset customers, elevated expectations and - I'm not afraid to admit it - a mayor who was, is and  always will be genuinely interested in their professional responsibilities. 


Getting to know Mr. Buffington and Ms. Baldwin on a personal level was a great joy. Both loved and lived for their children and grandchildren and had a passion for the service they provided to the citizens, businesses and guests of Geneva.


It is an understatement to say we miss Mr. Buffington and Ms. Baldwin. But, it is not an overstatement that their impact on all of us - their colleagues in particular - will be far reaching.


On behalf of the City Council, more than 1,000 businesses, 22,000 citizens and hundreds of thousands of visitors of Geneva, my appreciation and thanks go to Mike and Cathy and my warmest thoughts to their families.    




My best,




Kevin Burns
Stay Tuned: Parking Deck Construction Set To Start This Summer


Construction on a third tier to the Third Street commuter parking deck is set to begin this summer after the project was approved by Metra, Regional Transit Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation and the Geneva City Council.


The $4.5 million project, which will provide an additional 180 parking spaces to the existing structure, is being funded entirely by grants through Metra. Construction is anticipated to take six months to complete with additional restoration work being finished next spring. A start date will be announced in the coming weeks.


During construction the parking deck will be closed. The City is working with Pace Bus to provide shuttle service to temporary commuter lots. Stay tuned to the City's website to find out more details later this month.

The deck is being expanded in order to accommodate more parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove some existing surface parking lots. 
Once completed, the expanded deck will provide parking for about 540 vehicles.  


City Sells RiverPark To The Geneva Park District




Geneva's 2-acre passive recreation area along the banks of the Fox River has a new owner.


The City transferred ownership of RiverPark to the Geneva Park District in June. The park is located between River Lane and the Fox River north of State Street (Route 38) in downtown Geneva.


City Administrator Mary McKittrick noted "the Park District is better equipped, and has the expertise, to adequately service the property since that is their core function. The Park District has been a good steward to our open spaces, and I have confidence that they will continue to give RiverPark the attention it needs and deserves."


The RiverPark property, formerly owned by the City, was developed over a period of 16 years through the work of volunteers and generous donations from the community.


The walking and biking paths, summer concerts and special events will continue under the ownership of the Park District, rather than the City, in the future. 


Third Street Pedestrian Mall Provides Link To Downtown


Downtown Geneva guests who utilize the Campbell Street lot - and the public parking spaces north of the lot - can take a nice stroll from their car to Third Street with the creation of a pedestrian-friendly mall.


A decorative sidewalk bordered with brick pavers and inlayed with etched granite memorial tiles has been installed in the alleyway between 121 and 113 S. Third St. Other highlights of the pedestrian mall are a communal gas fireplace,  benches, a fountain and landscaping.


The pedestrian mall was built on City-owned/leased property, but the cost was funded through a state capital grant secured by State Rep. Tim Schmitz.


The Geneva History Center, which borders the current alleyway, sold memorial tiles to be incorporated as part of the Third Street pedestrian mall design. 


So if you're looking for a spot to eat that ice cream cone or need a quick break from shopping, make sure to check out the Third Street pedestrian mall.


Stay On Top Of Road Construction Season By Signing Up For Weekly Updates
We know that road construction is a necessary evil, but the City is keeping the community informed of our progress with regular updates delivered right to your phone or email inbox.
Our 2014 street improvement program got underway in mid-June and should wrap up this fall. Residents can find a list of streets and a map online of roadways the City plans on working on this construction season.
Subscribe to our road construction updates via "Notify Me" on our website. You can choose to be updated via text message or an email. We are providing weekly updates so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Swedish Days Was A Blast!



A signature Geneva tradition returned this summer with the arrival of the 65th annual Swedish Days festival June 17 to 22 in our beautiful downtown.


Little Keeva Egan was one of the stars of the 2014 Swedish Days Kids' Parade held June 20. You can relive all the memories through our online photo gallery!


Patrons also enjoyed music, the Geneva's Got Talent competition, the parade, children's entertainment, plenty of food, our downtown merchants and of course, a whole block of all things Swedish!


The event has created lasting memories for many families, and we hope you enjoy our photos.


New Bike Racks Installed in Downtown Geneva 


You may notice a splash of color the next time you lock up your bike at Campbell and Third streets. 


The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission created the Bike Rack Art program to promote more sculptures throughout the downtown.


The sculpture, "Welcome Rounds," was created by Weston Lambert, who is a professor of glass practice at Tulane University. He is an accomplished sculptor with a significant portfolio that includes exhibiting annually at the SOFA Chicago, the world's foremost fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design. Recently, he was commissioned by the City of Chattanooga to design glass and stone park benches.


The $6,000 Geneva project was funded by the Cultural Arts Commission with the help of a $3,000 donation from Fox Valley Orthopedic.


The intent of the Bike Rack Art program is to purchase and install selected designs on an annual competition basis. This is an ideal opportunity for both emerging and established artists who have a background in three-dimensional media or urban art design to leave their creative mark on Geneva.  


A dedication ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28.


For more information about the Cultural Arts Commission, visit the City's website


New Interim Leaders Named For Public Works Department
Brian Schiber and Hal Wright were named to interim leadership positions as the Geneva Public Works Director and Electric Division Superintendent respectively.     


Schiber joined the organization last year as a City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works. He replaces Dan Dinges, who resigned June 19 to accept the director position with the Village of Bartlett.


Schiber has managed the Engineering/GIS Division, which is responsible for planning and implementing the City's annual $2.5 million roadway and sidewalk improvement program budget. The division also performs plan reviews, coordinates capital projects with City staff, monitors road construction and oversees permitting for all improvements within the City's right-of-ways.


Read more on Schiber's background



A 27-year veteran of the City, Wright takes over the Electric Division leadership post. He was originally hired as an Assistant to the Superintendent of Electric. For the last 20 years, he has served as Geneva's Manager of Electric Operations.


His responsibilities have included overseeing the day-to-day operations of the electric distribution system, supervision of field crews, project design, and management for electric infrastructure maintenance and construction. Wright has direct oversight for the City's electric substations, Geneva's Generation Facility, supervisory control systems, outside fiber optic plant, metering and tree trimming operations.


Read more about Wright's background.




City Remembers Contributions Of Electric Superintendent Mike Buffington


Geneva mourned the loss of former Electric Division Superintendent Mike Buffington, who died in a car accident June 12.



Hired by Geneva in 2004, Mike served as project manager of the Geneva Generation Facility, which came online in 2006. The high-efficiency, natural gas generation plant saved the City money on transmission costs. Mike followed the market and bid hourly on our electric purchase to insure the lowest available prices were obtained. The Generation Facility is one component of Geneva's diverse power portfolio, which Mike helped establish during his tenure here.


Mike also served as the president of the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency (NIMPA). He was described by those in our Public Works Department as being friendly, and always willing to teach people about electricity.


Mike was very conscientious about Geneva's energy sources and power purchase agreements so his managers could maintain the City's power infrastructure.    


You can find Mike Buffington's obituary on our website.


Swedish Ambassador Visits Geneva


Swedish Ambassador Björn Lyrvall visited Geneva May 23 as part of a Midwest delegation tour. He had the chance to meet with community leaders to learn about Geneva's deep Swedish ties as well as discuss international issues.


The Ambassador visited with Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and other local leaders at a breakfast reception held at Riverside Receptions in downtown Geneva. He was presented with a Chicago Blackhawks jersey since three Swedish players are on the team.


Check out our online photo gallery of the Ambassador's visit, including a huge Swedish-theme bus parked outside City Hall.


Commuters Can Bike To Geneva's Metra Station



If you are a commuter, you should check out the City's Bike To Metra brochure.


The brochure has a map detailing the various bike routes throughout Geneva along with other important safety tips.


We hope you consider a two-wheel approach to your daily commute this summer. 




Come Chat With Your Local Aldermen This Month
Your local elected officials want to hear from you. For the past three months, residents and business owners have been able to share their thoughts at the City's Meet and Greet events. For a link to the Geneva Ward Map, visit the City's website.
Show Us What Makes Geneva So Great During The Summer


Summer is here, and there is always plenty to do in Geneva! Now, we want to see your photos of you having fun in the great outdoors.


Share your Geneva summer photos (along with some caption information) with us via Facebook, Twitter or email Communications Coordinator Kevin Stahr. We will post them on Facebook and our website gallery to showcase all our community has to offer. We'll take some of the best entries and make them our Facebook cover photo (and of course give credit to our talented resident photographers).


Check out this entry from Han Tunca of the Fox River from Island Park. Thanks for sharing, Han!  


News & Notes from the Fire Department

Interested In A Fire Service Career? Consider Joining The Explorer Post 


The Geneva Fire Department Explorer Post 205 is looking for outgoing youths between the ages of 14 and 21 that are interested in the exciting field of fire service.


The Explorer Post is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, but open to both young men and women.


Explorers will learn from the inside about what it takes to become a firefighter, including classroom education and hands-on training to operate the equipment firefighters use on a daily basis. 


Explorers will discover how to work as a team to complete tasks ranging from search and rescue to hose advancement for fire suppression in a safe, simulated and controlled environment. The Explorer Program is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in a career in the fire service.


Geneva firefighters provide instruction, volunteer opportunities and special training sessions to Explorer Post participants. Explorers who complete the proper training can be eligible to ride with the crew on fire engine calls and participate in the day-to-day activities of the Geneva Fire Department.


After one year of membership, Explorers are eligible to attend the Explorer-Cadet Fire School at the Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois. This is a fun-filled weekend where the Explorers put their skills to the test, including basic equipment use, ladders, and fire attack in smoke-filled environments. 


The Geneva Fire Department looks forward to training the firefighters of tomorrow. For those interested in joining the program, please email Fire Chief Olson.   






Make Safety A Priority When Using Fire Pits This Summer


Fire pits are known to be a great source of warmth and ambience. But, with the popularity of fire pits increasing, fire safety has become even more important.  


There are many things you should consider while setting up and using a fire pit. The City Council recently revised the open burning regulations to allow the use of a fire pit on private property with very specific rules for how, when, and where a pit may be used within the City. Here are a few important points from the approved changes:

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Where can you have a recreational fire?

Portable fire places must be located on a hard, noncombustible and level surface when in use. This includes but is not limited to, concrete, paver bricks, dirt or asphalt and must be at least 10 feet from the nearest property line. This means you cannot use a portable fireplace on your wood deck.

What kind of fuel can you use?

You can use untreated, unpainted, clean, seasoned, dry wood and manufactured fire logs. Propane and other similar gases may also be burned as long as the device is rated for that type of fuel. In all instances the burning of processed wood or landscape waste is strictly prohibited.

Who can supervise a recreational fire?

You must be over the age of 18 and constantly supervise the fire until it is extinguished.

When can you have a recreational fire?

Recreational fires are prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.  


How long can a recreational fire burn?

You may maintain a recreational fire for no more than 4 hours in any 24-hour period of time. 


For a more information about open burning regulations, please visit the City's website.


News & Notes from the Community Development Department



Geneva Honors Residents For Preserving City's Historic Buildings

The City recognized 11 property owners for their role in preserving Geneva's historic charm during an award presentation in May.


Coinciding with National Preservation Month, Geneva handed out its biennial Historic Preservation Awards to honor both small and large projects that exemplify a dedication to our community's highly-treasured historic character.


Excellence in Exterior Renovation Award
* Carol Boose and Joe Stanton - 1924 Fargo Theatre Building, 315 W. State St.


Excellence in Exterior Renovation & Addition
* Jason and Johanna Patterson - Circa 1910 Bungalow, 522 James St.


Excellence in Exterior Preservation
* Dr. John Cook of Geneva Dental and Joseph McMahon of McMahon Builders - 1852 William Conant House, 127 Hamilton St.
* Eugene and Sally Ruark - 1867 Henry Bennett House, 230 East State St.
* Bonnie Byrne - 1870 Hull-Howell Building, 101 S. Third St.


Excellence in Window Preservation
* Kevin and Lisa Doherty - 1858 Walter-Conant House property, 311 S. First St.
* Owner Patricia Maclachlan and restoration by Jack O'Connell, Paul Davis Restoration - 1906 P.D. Hoyt House, 318 S. Fifth St.


Excellence in Adaptive Use
* Joe Stanton - 515 Hamilton St.


Excellence in Exterior Preservation and Adaptive Use
* Geneva Bank & Trust - 1937 Pure Oil Gasoline Station, 502 W. State St.
* Michael Simon, owner; Dan Marshall, Marshall Architects; Bob Rasmussen, JRD Development - 1918/1926 Tri-City Garage, 11-21 S. Third St.
* Nancy Luyten, owner; Jay Berry, JB Enterprise; and Scott McNee - 1848/1857 George & Eliza Patten House, 124 Second St.


Photos of each property along with detailed descriptions of the completed preservation work can be found on the City's website. 


News & Notes from the Administrative Services Department

City's Financial Reporting Earns National Award 


The City of Geneva's 2012-13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.


The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded Geneva with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award "represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," according to the association. The City's report was released last fall and was reviewed by the association this year.


"This is a great accomplishment for the City of Geneva, the Finance Division in particular, because it is the first time we have received the award," Finance Division Manager Tom Dahl said. "This award would not have been earned without a commitment to excellence by our administration and City staff."


The CAFR represents a broader report from the past annual financial documents that used to be prepared. The report contains the City's financial statements and records from the past decade, property tax and debt data, and general statistical information about Geneva.


The report can be found on the City's website.


Geneva's comprehensive financial report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the association's program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the report.


The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit organization serving about 17,500 government finance professionals.


The CAFR recognition adds to Geneva's growing list of financial accomplishments. The association also has honored the City with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award the past four fiscal years. 


News & Notes from the Police Department
Police Officers Recognized For Going Above and Beyond 

Three Geneva Police officers were honored this spring by Police Chief Steve Mexin for going above and beyond the call of duty. 

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Officer: Charles Parisi

Years With Force: 9

Award: Lifesaving Medal

Description: Officer Parisi was recognized for his quick actions using an automated external defibrillator Feb. 27 to save a man's life. Being the first emergency responder to a medical call, Officer Parisi used the AED device when he found the resident not breathing and without a pulse. After administering a shock, he proceeded with CPR to restore both the man's breathing and a pulse before paramedics arrived on the scene.  



Officer: Sgt. Tim Baker

Years With Force: 30

Award: Exceptional Duty Award

Description: Sgt. Baker was commended for his decades of service with the Greater Fox Valley Chapter of Operation Snowball, which is a community-based program that educates children on the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Sgt. Baker has dedicated countless hours of his personal time to the organization for no other reason than to do his part to provide a positive influence to teens in Geneva and the greater Fox Valley area. 



Officer: Sgt. Dan Kott

Years With Force: 23

Award: Exceptional Duty Award

Description: Sgt. Kott also earned praise for spearheading fundraisers for Illinois Special Olympics. His commitment to supporting children and adults with disabilities on his own personal time has proudly reflected on the Geneva Police Department.  Sgt. Kott's efforts have raised more than $100,000 over the past two decades for Special Olympics Illinois and has inspired other police personnel to join this worthy cause.    


 News & Notes from the Public Works Department
Geneva Ready To Combat Pesky Mosquitoes This Summer   


Geneva's mosquito abatement contractor will be spraying applications of insecticide at various times this summer to control the adult insect population.


Clarke Environmental uses a synthetic treatment that is safe for humans and pets, although people with asthma and other respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors with their windows closed during the misting application and one hour afterward.


Geneva is again coordinating its mosquito spraying with Batavia and St. Charles to provide a more effective coverage area over the Tri-Cities. West Nile Virus has not been detected in Geneva to date in 2014, but one case involving a bird has been reported in Kane County this summer.


The City will post information about scheduled sprayings on our website, Facebook and Twitter. We also have more information about our mosquito management program posted online.



City Reminds Residents About Lawn Watering Schedule


With summer's arrival, the City of Geneva reminds residents about our lawn watering sprinkler regulations.


Water sprinklers are permitted between 6 and 9 a.m. and 6 and 9 p.m. on residents' designated days. Residents with an even-numbered street address can water their lawns on even-numbered days and vice-versa for odd-numbered street addresses.


Residents are allowed to use a hand-held hose at any time to water flowers, gardens, trees, shrubs, cars, lawns and wading pools that are 50 gallons or less.


For those placing down sod or watering seed, a $25 permit is required through the Public Works Department, 1800 South St. Sod and seed lawns can be watered for the first day for a maximum of eight hours. During the next nine consecutive days, the lawn can be watered from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Afterward, the property owner must abide by the City's regular lawn watering schedule.


For more information, including water conservation tips, visit the City's website or call the Geneva Public Works Department Water Division at 630-232-1551.



Geneva's Monthly Brush Collection Program Continues Through Fall


The brush program is intended for the disposal of tree limbs and branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. Crews will not collect material produced by a private contractor.  


The remaining 2014 collection dates are the weeks of:


WEST of the Fox River EAST of the Fox River 
August 4 August 11 
September 1 September 8 
October 6 October 13 
November 3 November 10 



Since collection days can vary, residents should place brush and limbs on the parkway by 7 a.m. Monday on their scheduled week. Crews will not return to a neighborhood until the next scheduled pickup.


Tree branches must be stacked with the cut ends facing in one direction toward the curb or edge of the pavement - not in the street. Branches and stumps cannot exceed 12 inches in diameter, and tree limbs should be less than 12 feet in length. 


For more information, visit the City's website or call the Public Works Department at 630-232-1501.  
Learn More About Geneva's Diverse Electric Energy Portfolio
If you've tuned into Geneva Broadcast Network recently, you may have seen our two informational pieces about our Electric Division operations.electric meter


The City has produced these presentations to give our community a better understanding where their power is coming from. The first show provides an overview of Geneva's entire electric portfolio. The second episode focuses specifically on Geneva's investment in the Prairie State Generating Company. A third show on Geneva's Generation Facility is in the works and should be available for viewing in the coming weeks.


The electric presentations air throughout the day on Comcast Ch. 10, AT&T Ch. 99 or can be viewed On Demand.








Geneva Encourages Residents To Participate In Voluntary Electric Load Reduction Program 


During summer's warmest days, Geneva residents can provide some relief to the City's electric operations - and their own utility bills - by reducing their power consumption for a few hours in the afternoon.


The City offers a voluntary electric load reduction program to all customers by alerting them via Twitter to cut down electric usage during peak hours of the day.


The program is strictly voluntary, has no penalties and requires no reporting or tracking of usage. The benefits of reducing energy are making Geneva a greener community and keeping future electric costs down.


To participate in the program, follow the City's Twitter account to  receive timely information when to reduce power consumption in a home or business during peak power days. Tweets will be issued with a "#electric" hashtag so they can be filtered from other City news. Program participants can use standard Twitter tools if they would like a message forwarded to their email or receive a phone notification.


After an alert has been issued, the two easiest ways customers can reduce electric use is by turning up their thermostats for a few hours (or turn off the air conditioning) and by running major appliances later in the evening. Other energy saving tips are posted on our website.


For more information, call the Public Works Department Electric Division at 630-232-1503.  

News & Notes from Economic Development

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SAVE THE DATE - Events Calendar 


You can sign up to receive notifications via email or text messages about Geneva's fantastic community events. Visit "Notify Me" on our website and select the Geneva Special Events Calendar. For more event information, visit the "Explore Geneva" tab on our website.  


Festival of the Vine

* RiverPark Summer Series, Sunday evenings July 20 & 27
* Geneva Classic Car Shows, Thursday evenings July and August
* Shakespeare in the Park, July 19
* Geneva Arts Fair, July 26-27
* Geneva Concours d'Elegance, Aug. 24
* Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 1
* Festival of the Vine, Sept. 5-7
* Fox Valley Marathon, Sept. 20-21
* Art Guild Studio Tour, Sept. 26-28
* Christmas Walk & House Tour, Dec. 5-6
* Steeple Walk, Dec. 7 









Sundays are Special in Geneva!  


Geneva's Little Traveler made news this year when owner Michael Simon announced that all 36 rooms at the Traveler are now open for business on Sundays. Customers also can enjoy a brand new special feature - Sunday brunch in the Atrium Café - at the center of the store. 


More than 100 Geneva businesses and restaurants are open on Sunday, so make downtown Geneva on Sundays a new family tradition! A list of downtown Geneva Businesses open on Sunday can be found on the City's website.  







  City of Geneva Economic Development Department


Supporting our Geneva Businesses

Because the City realizes the importance of strong businesses and a vibrant economy, it devotes resources to the promotion and development of Geneva businesses.  Here are a few examples of programs from the City Economic Development Department:


  • Maintains an online searchable business directory of all Geneva businesses.
  • Posts the Downtown Directional Map Table Business Directory on the corners and at the Bike Path and Courthouse Kiosks.
  • Prints a Geneva Meeting Guide, with venues for planning a party, wedding, reunion, or a business meeting.
  • The City places ads in targeted publications to promote Geneva and its businesses to shoppers, meeting planners, and the group tourism market.
  • In a joint effort with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, the City maintains an email marketing (Fox Valley eValues and Deals) database of more than 14,000 downtown visitors and shoppers. The City sends a monthly email promoting Geneva events and activities and inviting visitors to Geneva.
  • Hosts a monthly meeting of our retail merchants to facilitate collaboration, networking, plan for special events, and hear speakers on topics such as cash flow and social media, and address issues of importance. All business owners are welcome to join us at these meetings. If you have any promotions you would like to discuss or suggested topics for upcoming Merchant Meetings, please email Paul Evans or call him at 630-845-9654. 
  • Organizes the January "Front Line Training" to assist and educate new businesses and employees on best practices in customer service, theft prevention, and creating the Geneva Experience. All business owners are welcome to join us at this training.
  • The City sends out periodic "eblasts" to inform businesses about upcoming events, seminars and programs affecting the Geneva economy.
  • Promotes Geneva as a tourism destination.


If you'd like to expand your business, relocate to Geneva, or start a new venture here in the City, please email Ellen Divita or call her at 630-232-7449. 







New Businesses Welcomed To The Community 




About Geneva


Located 40 miles west of Chicago along the Fox River, Geneva is home to 21,495 residents and serves as the seat of Kane County government. Geneva's character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with more than 700 acres of park land. With festivals and events year-round, Geneva is a place to connect with others for shopping, dining or browsing art galleries. Home to excellent schools, library and parks, Geneva continues to be one of the premier cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play and raise a family. For the latest news, visit the City's website.