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Nik Duffle is newest staff member at Village Hall

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Village of Forsyth has hired a new community and economic development coordinator. Nik Duffle, a Forsyth resident, started his new job on October 1. In his previous position, he worked for Gov. Bruce Rauner, serving as deputy director of advance for the Office of the Governor of Illinois.

“I coordinated his (Rauner’s) public schedule, traveled with and briefed the governor on all of his public/private events throughout the state of Illinois,” Duffle said.

The job, Duffle said, “mostly consisted of conducting site visits, preparing research and briefs and working with local leaders to ensure an effective visit.”

Duffle said he wanted to work in local government because it provides the greatest opportunity to help a community prosper and thrive.

“I want to fully immerse myself in the community I live in by working for the people of Forsyth and their best interests,” he said.

As for goals, he said his predecessor, Andrew Zupkoff, who took a similar position in Freeport in September, put Forsyth in a great position to keep building business.

“I want to continue to improve upon that by maintaining an environment that attracts top-tier retailers, unique restaurants and businesses,” Duffle said. “Forsyth has a lot of prime, available real estate, and one goal is to bring in new, attractive opportunities to develop that unused land that achieves the community’s needs.”

In addition to attracting, expanding and retaining local businesses, Duffle will also administer zoning regulations as the Village’s zoning official and provide staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission. He will also represent the Village on various boards and committees around the area.

Duffle, 26, is not new to the region. He’s a Central Illinois native, born and raised on a farm just outside of Arcola. He came to Decatur to play baseball at Millikin University and has been in the community since, making his home in Forsyth for the past year and a half. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Millikin.

When he’s not working for the Village, he runs a part-time woodworking shop, Mills Woodworks, where he makes custom furniture, cutting boards and more. Duffle said he’s been woodworking for about two years and loves “every second of it.” And, he added that he’s a diehard Cubs fan.

“I am looking forward to meeting as many people as I can,” he said. “Anyone is more than welcome to call, email or visit.”

Please help us welcome Nik to Forsyth!

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