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Rogers Park Business Alliance Loses Another Employee to Edgewater Chamber

By Benjamin Woodard | January 7, 2014 9:55am
 Katrina Balog had worked for the Rogers Park Business Alliance for the past five years.
Katrina Balog had worked for the Rogers Park Business Alliance for the past five years.
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EDGEWATER — Katrina Balog, the former planning director for the Rogers Park Business Alliance, has crossed neighborhood boundaries and taken a job as the executive director of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

Balog is the second business alliance employee to move to Edgewater's chamber, following Kimberly Bares, who spent 11 years as the alliance's director but moved to Edgewater's chamber earlier this year.

Bares stepped down as interim executive director as Balog took over Thursday.

In her new role running Edgewater's chamber, Balog said she hopes to "build" on recent business growth, especially along North Broadway.

The busy strip boomed with new businesses in 2013.

"We’ve been seeing a lot of things happening on Broadway," Balog, 32, said Monday, adding she is looking forward to what new opportunities would come to the neighborhood if Whole Foods takes over the former Dominick's location at 6009 North Broadway.

She also praised other achievements, such as Edgewater's Sauce and Bread Kitchen being mentioned in a New York Times article about Chicago's culinary and entertainment attractions.

Balog said that during her five years at the Rogers Park Business Alliance she oversaw Howard Street development projects.

Balog holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University, according to a statement from the Edgewater chamber.