For Immediate Release
March 17, 2022
Michael Cassa Appointed Sugar Grove Economic Development Director
The Village of Sugar Grove is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Cassa as Economic Development Director. Cassa will begin his employment with the Village on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
Cassa brings to the Village thirty years of economic development experience. He was most recently the President and CEO of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation where he led a team that successfully attracted the Rexnord Corporation project featuring a new manufacturing facility and Aerospace Division headquarters, along with hundreds of other businesses. Prior to that, Cassa served as the Executive Director of the Oswego Economic Development Corporation and as the Director of Business Development in the Economic Development Group at the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce. Cassa currently serves as the 1st Vice Chairman of the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) and as Chairman of the IEDA Economic Development Summit Committee.
“I am very excited to welcome Michael to the Village of Sugar Grove,” Village President Jennifer Konen said. “The Board has placed a priority on growing and diversifying the Village’s economic base and Michael’s energy, experience and strong relationships within the development industry will make him an invaluable asset to those efforts.”
Cassa will lead the newly formed Economic Development Department where he will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses, and promoting the Village as a desirable business location.
“I am thrilled to accept the Economic Development Director position and I am thankful for the support of the Village President and the Board of Trustees,” said Cassa. “I look forward to becoming part of the community, and to promote Sugar Grove as a premier business location.”
Cassa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit, and is a graduate of the national Economic Development Institute program.
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