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After Careful Vetting Process, Andersonville Chamber Selects New Executive Director

Dinges headshotAfter the last Executive Director lasted just three months on the job, the Board of Directors of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) and Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance (ASCA) thoroughly vetted contenders for the open position. With the help of a professional search firm, the new Executive Director has been selected and has accepted the job.

Sara Dinges will take the helm of the organization starting May 1, 2017. Dinges has had a considerable background in the the areas of economic and community development. Even further, most of that experience has come working with businesses within the Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown communities.

Not only was Dinges the previous Executive Director of the Chamber for Uptown, she was also 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman’s Director of Economic Development and Communications from 2011-2015. Dinges is also no stranger to the Andersonville neighborhood as she was the Managing Director of the Andersonville Development Corporation (now ASCA) for four years. She also received much praise for helping develop the environmental initiative, Eco-Andersonville.

In a statement put out by the Andersonville Chamber, Dinges said, “I am delighted to come home to Andersonville. I’m eager to build on the Chamber’s legacy as a strong, innovative, and collaborative organization.”

Dinges, who left Chicago briefly to become Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhoods, will come back to Chicago’s north side to continue her work.

“The Boards are excited and ready for Sara to join our team,” said ACC Board President Carol Jones. “Her experience and talent will serve the business owners, property owners, and residents of Andersonville in so many ways. The boards’ priority was to find a strong leader to carry Andersonville into the future, and we are confident we have chosen the right person.”

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