A Vibrant Economy, Business Diversity, & Tourism
Vision Mission Statement: Strengthen the Village’s economy and its position as a commercial center through the promotion of increased specialty retail, dining opportunities, Antioch’s tourism sectors, and a diverse portfolio of businesses that support the Antioch Vision.
Antioch’s diverse economic sector provides services, supports the local tax base, and is comprised of corporate citizens invested in partnerships that embody the Antioch community vision strengthen a greater corporate community. Specialty shops of independent business owners and corporate investment will assist in driving the economy, providing jobs, and generating tax revenue. Job creation will lead to increases in daytime population that will strengthen the market and make Antioch a more desirable place to conduct business.
Revitalizing the downtown is integral to promoting the Village’s identity. Community members appreciate the Village’s charm, its quaintness, and its connection to the past; however, revitalizing the downtown is necessary to achieve its potential to serve as a community focal point and major tourist draw.
Downtown has a good framework to expand upon such as a walkable grid street system, close proximity to the Metra, the architectural presence of historical buildings, and access from Route 83. Antioch will capitalize on the downtowns potential as a place for people to live, work, and play, helping it emerge as a unique destination, an entertainment venue, and a commerce center.
Stores and restaurants that cater to residents and stay open late, cultural and entertainment activities that draw visitors, and an increased village downtown population base will infuse the downtown with a vitality that will draw new businesses. The Village will accommodate new uses and redevelopment while still maintaining its small-town feel and charm.
|“10 years from now – Antioch ideally could be a center for continued small business activity. I think a mix of franchises and small business (mom & pop shops) are the key to a successful tax base. The downtown area really is a great cornerstone for family-centered activities”|
Antioch delivers a tourist experience and product that encourages visitors and satisfies entertainment demands of the local population. A discerning pool of visitors and customers return in increasing numbers, as Antioch provides a superior destination experience by developing and expanding the number and quality of product offerings. A close working relationship between agency partners, business community, and media increases public awareness of the importance of tourism to the economy and the value that Antioch delivers. As a premier tourist destination, Antioch successfully retains and showcases the values, heritage, culture, and natural beauty of a Chain of Lakes community.