Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (DGEDC) Chairman Bob Fernandez announced today the appointment of Bryan Gay as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the DGEDC.  Mr. Gay’s official duties will begin on September 6, 2022. Mr. Gay was selected for this position at the conclusion of a competitive nationwide search.  “We are thrilled to have Bryan join the DGEDC.  He is a true economic development professional with a strong history of success at the State, County and Municipal level.  We are excited to have him lead our organization and further the DGEDC’s goals of maximizing the economic vibrancy of the Village of Downers Grove.” stated Mr. Fernandez.

Mr. Gay has 16 years of economic development experience and most recently served as the President and CEO of Invest Aurora.

“I’m honored to have been selected to lead the Downers Grove EDC, and I’m looking forward to working with the Board and staff on providing more economic opportunities in the Village of Downers Grove. Downers Grove’s strategic location just outside of the City of Chicago, and located on Interstates 88, 355 and 55 make it the perfect location to open and grow a business in Illinois. Together with the Village of Downers Grove, we will continue to leverage our great location, high quality of life and strong local economy to build on the Village’s stellar reputation as a place to do business.” Mr. Gay said.

“Economic development is critical to the long-term health and vitality of the Village of Downers Grove. We’re thankful Bryan has joined the organization and we’re excited about the opportunity to work with him and the team at the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation. Bryan’s demonstrated history of leadership in economic development will be a wonderful addition to our community and we look forward to many years of success together.” Said Downers Grove Mayor Robert Barnett.

Mr. Gay succeeds Michael Cassa, who departed in April to accept the position of Economic Development Director in Sugar Grove.

For more information, contact Bob Fernandez, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation at 630.729.0380.

The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation is the official agency for economic development and tourism for the Village of Downers Grove.   The DGEDC is a public/private partnership that promotes Downers Grove as a location for commercial, industrial and office projects.

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