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Falkowski returns to Crown Point

Greg Falkowski is returning to Crown Point as its economic development director after an approximately 15-month stint as chief operations officer at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

Mayor Pete Land Monday announced the appointment of Falkowski at his monthly Mondays with the Mayor forum.

“I’m excited Greg will be returning to the City in this role. His leadership and involvement in past projects in the City, coupled with his aligned values when it comes to new development in Crown Point, is a tremendous advantage to our community,” Land said via a press release Monday. Land could not immediately be reached for further comment Monday afternoon.

Falkowski joined the City of Crown Point in 2014 when he took the helm of the Planning and Zoning Department. In 2015, he was named chief of staff under former Mayor David D.F. Uran. He retained the role under current Mayor Land, before accepting a role with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in September 2022.

Uran announced his resignation from the tourism bureau in December to “spend more time with family.” His resignation was effective Dec. 31. In February, SSCVA attorney Scott McClure said Falkwoski had resigned. The effective date of his resignation has not been confirmed.

“I am excited to rejoin the Crown Point leadership team and help bring vibrant businesses to our growing community,” Falkowski said in the release. “I look forward to moving the City forward with smart, controlled growth while maintaining our hometown feel.”

Falkowski did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday afternoon.

In February, the City Council passed a capital improvement plan ordinance required by Lake County for CEDIT allocations, creating and funding the economic development director position. A salary range of from $57,000 to $87,111 per year was set, according to the ordinance. The job was posted on the city’s website March 5 along with a job description.

Falkowski was hired at a salary of $87,111. His compensation in 2023, his first full year at the SSCVA, was $125,819, according to the Indiana Gateway public employee compensation report for 2023. During his last full year as Crown Point’s chief of staff, he earned $89,369, according to Gateway.

Falkowski’s start date and the number of applicants for the position could not be confirmed by press time.

cnapoleon@chicagotribune.com