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Kevin Kramer

Director of Economic Development Village of Hoffman EstatesDevelopment Services
Home 1900 Hassell Rd Hoffman Estates IL 60169 Phone: 8477812662 Cell Phone: 8478153852 Website: Hoffman Estates Economic Development


Kevin Kramer is the Director of Economic Development for the Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. While in Hoffman Estates he coordinates the business retention and expansion program, reviews and analyzes incentive proposals, including, most recently, sales tax rebates, entertainment tax rebates, automobile transfer tax rebates, and property tax reduction programs, manages all 5 of the Village’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts, designs and coordinates all business attraction efforts for retail, office, mixed-use and industrial, acts as a liaison to the business community and provides assistance to businesses desiring to locate or expand in Hoffman Estates, administers for the Enterprise Zone within the Village, founded the public-private partnership, Next Level Northwest business accelerator, with 4 other local communities to promote small business growth, and participates in and sponsors the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership non-profit organization to promote manufacturing workforce development in the local high schools and community college.

He’s worked in this position since 2013 after working as a planner and economic developer for Barrington, IL where he managed the downtown TIF, administered the facade improvement grants, and researched and wrote the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2009 – ILL…

He serves on several committees including the International Council of Shopping Center’s Illinois State Committee and the Next Generation Leadership Network, the International Economic Development Council’s Young Professionals Advisory Committee, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Economic Development Committee, the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board and the Young Professionals group for the Illinois Economic Development Association. Kevin has earned his Certified Economic Developer status.


List at least three of your speaking engagements over the last three years. Please include speaking date (month/year), title, topic and audience.

1. November 13 & April 24, 2020 – Market Perspectives during COVID, Resources and Tips from the Municipal Guy (Part I & II), Chicagoland Restaurant Brokers Association Attendees

2. August 17, 2020 – Decisions about Where we Live and Work, Suburban Trends, Foley & Lardner Afternoon Panel Discussions

3. October 16, 2019 – Renewing Old Spaces with New Places, The Metroburb, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference, Conference Attendees – mostly municipal economic development professionals.

4. March 21, 2019 – Repurposing an Asset, The Metroburb, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Suburban Chicago Luncheon Attendees – building managers, building owners, developers, service providers.

5. March 14, 2019 – Igniting Mixed-Use with Retail, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Public Private Partnership Real Estate Forum, Program Attendees – retailers, brokers, developers, municipal representatives.

Have you published any research or articles on relevant topics? If so, please list with URL link if available.

Yes. In the Winter 2020 issue of the IEDC Economic Development Journal, an article I wrote on repurposing large corporate campuses was published. Here is the link although you must be a member to read it. If you’d like me to email you the pdf I can do that.

What specific topics do you like to address in your presentations?

I’m happy to address any topic from public-private partnerships, real estate development or marketing a municipality to urban planning and redevelopment, incentives, market views from the suburbs or all things economic development at the municipal or regional levels.

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