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Ally Brisbin Leaving Edgewater Chamber To Take Position With Uptown Business Partners

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAK_AAAAJGViZWQwNGIzLWRmNTYtNDIxYy05ZGZiLTVkZTZhNGRlZmViMg1When Ally Brisbin first started working at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce in 2013, she and others she worked with would often joke and/or lament that people in other parts of the city thought Edgewater was a suburb.

One day before her last day at the business development organization located at 1210 W. Rosedale, the marketing and events manager said that perception has now likely changed.

“Edgewater has become better known throughout the city,” Brisbin said. “Now, more and more people seem to be aware of our community, and we are seeing more media attention for our businesses and community organizations.”

An Edgewater resident herself, Brisbin has worked to plan marketing campaigns to promote the community area’s unique businesses; plan educational workshops and networking events that assist Edgewater’s businesses in increasing their capacities; and connect business owners with resources to help them succeed. She also manages most of the outward messaging of the Chamber, overseeing social media and the weekly newsletter.

However, Wednesday will be her last day at the Chamber. Starting Monday, she will be the director of business services at Uptown Business Partners. That’s where she will support and strengthen Uptown businesses through Chamber programs, including advocacy, marketing, technical assistance, and networking.

“There is a lot of positive momentum in Uptown, and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Brisbin said.

Meanwhile, Brisbin said she will miss her responsibilities at the Chamber, which allowed her to become more actively involved in the community. Before joining the Chamber, she was a co-owner of Kitchen Sink, a coffeehouse on West Berwyn. She was also a Chamber board member.

One of the projects she said she is very proud to have worked on is EdgeFest, the Chamber’s annual summer street festival.

“The festival was in its second year when I became involved, and it has been exciting to see it grow to attract over 20,000 people to the heart of Edgewater in one weekend,” Brisbin said. “When we launched the EdgeFest Survival Kit initiative this summer, hiding branded bags throughout the business community, I was so excited to see people carrying the bags and wearing the sunglasses around the neighborhood. It was a very special feeling to see complete strangers buying into my excitement for an event that I devoted hundreds of hours to.”

Another project she said she’s excited about and very sad to be leaving is the coordinated effort to put Edgewater on the map as a theater district. She said that, for months, she has been meeting with representatives of the more than 15 theaters that call Edgewater home.

“They are such a great representation of what makes Edgewater special — creative, motivated, passionate, committed to the community,” Brisbin said. “I will miss my monthly meetings with that group.”

Working at the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce has been wonderful, she added.

“I’ve been able to flex my creativity and contribute to my community, and I feel that I really found my calling in civic leadership,” Brisbin said. “I feel lucky to have worked with such a fun and supportive Board of Directors and co-workers. This has been a fun and challenging position, and one that has grown with me.”

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