Dave Burroughs

Secretary of the Sugar Grove EDC Board


Dave Burroughs` has been with Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) since 1993. His career in civil engineering began in 1981, during which time his responsibilities have included providing planning, design and construction services for water works system, transportation and wastewater system projects in Northern Illinois.

Currently he is responsible for project management of work involving the infrastructure of municipal projects and the site development of commercial, industrial and residential projects. He has extensive engineering and management experience in the private sector in land development, subdivisions and contract administration.

David began his career in civil engineering as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, providing rural development project design and construction in the country of Thailand. He is an active member of the American Public Works Association (APWA). He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Wisconsin.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI), founded in 1974, is an award winning consulting engineering firm providing planning, design and construction services in northeastern Illinois, plus grant and funding assistance. Over 40 experienced firm members including licensed professional civil engineers and land surveyors, LEED Accredited Professionals, and support team members.

Our expertise includes transportation, water, wastewater, construction management, land surveying, stormwater and floodplain management, GIS and mapping.

EEI moved to our present facility within the Village of Sugar Grove in 1994. The decision to move our office location from Elburn, Illinois to Sugar Grove, Illinois was to provide easier access to us for our existing clients as well as new clients. A key factor in making this decision was because Sugar Grove is accessible by Interstate 88, US Route 30, Illinois Route 47 and Illinois Route 56. Our office is conveniently located on Wheeler Road which is west of Illinois Route 47 at the intersection of Bliss Road/Wheeler Road and Illinois Route 47. We are proud to say that we have served as the Village Engineer for the Village of Sugar Grove for the past 24 years. We are more than just your Village Engineer, we are a part of your community!




Philip Haugen

Sr. Advisor Commercial Banking – Treasurer of the Sugar Grove EDC Board


Phil Haugen has over 30 years of experience in banking, the last 20 of which were spent assisting commercial clients looking to find financial solutions to solve issues related to facilities, equipment, cash management, and business protection. Besides business needs, owners need personal financial solutions for estate planning, retirement, and their own unique personal financial circumstances. First National Bank, where he has worked for the past 18 years, has the expertise and portfolio of products available to meet today’s corporate and personal financial challenges. Working with corporate owners and companies of all sizes and industries, he can craft a solution that is tailored to you.

First National Bank is a 6th generation family owned bank. It and its holding company First National of Nebraska Inc. are recognized as the largest privately held bank group in the United States. First National and its affiliates have over $20 billion in managed assets. Since 1857 First National Bank has committed itself to doing what’s right for its customers and the communities it serves to forge strong customer relationships. The bank operates in 7 states throughout the Midwest including operating 14 branches in northern Illinois.  The combination of its size with its ownership structure allows the bank to combine large bank capabilities in cash management, lending, credit cards, global banking, capital markets and wealth management, with community bank values. It offers customers the availability of today’s technology.  Independent private ownership enables First National to make long term investments in facilities, processing technology, and infrastructure rather than managing from quarter to quarter to satisfy Wall Street analysts. Those attributes, along with strong capital, experienced local bankers, and high standards, enable us to provide financial solutions for Sugar Grove businesses and their employees.






Creates Value in the Community through an Extensive Portfolio of Services and Resources

“America’s community colleges play a key role in helping students increase their employability and achieve their individual potential.  However, the contribution of community colleges consist of more than just influencing the lives of students.  The colleges serve a range of industries in the U.S. and supply businesses with skilled workers.  Society, as a whole, benefits from an expanded economy and improved quality of life.  The benefits created by community colleges extend as far as the national treasury, in the form of increased tax revenues and public sector savings.” *1 

Waubonsee Community College understands and values the importance of economic development in each of the communities that we serve.  Our degree program offerings and customized Workforce Development training supports a wide range of industry sectors throughout the community.  Our services include pre-employment assessment, employee on-boarding, career readiness, and employee development through degree attainment or customized training that even supports just-in-time needs of the workforce.  We are specialists in supplying employers with the skilled workers they need to make businesses more productive.

To support business attraction, retention, and growth of the region, Waubonsee Community College representatives are members of many of the area’s economic development organizations and each of our area’s 14 chambers of commerce, as well as working in close contact with our local Workforce Development Board.  We are fully engaged in supporting the vitality of the communities within our district.

The goal of linking workforce development to economic development is achieved by helping people acquire the education and skills needed in the marketplace; helping employers grow their workforce through skill attainment and professional development of their employees; and in the process supporting the continuous learning needs of the communities that we serve.  At Waubonsee, we have married that mandate to our mission.  We are here to serve our communities – after all, our middle name is Community!

To learn more about economic development or the economic impact that we have on our communities, contact our Workforce Solutions and Community Education Unit for further information at 630.466.2403.




Sean Michels

Chairman of the Sugar Grove EDC Board


Sean Michels has been Sugar Grove Village President since May of 2001. He served on the Village Public Works Committee prior to being appointed to fill the remainder of a Village Board vacancy in 1995. He served on the Village Finance Committee from 1996 to 1997, until elected to the Village Board as Trustee in 1997. As a member of the Village Board since 1997 Sean has worked with the Board to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and the Route 47 Development Standards, and hopes to continue to see these tools used to aide Sugar Grove’s controlled growth and high quality development.

Sean is a graduate of Waubonsee Community College, and Illinois State University, with a B. S. in Finance. Sean also holds an MBA from Aurora University. Sean’s professional career has included experience as an Executive Loan Officer at Old Second Bank. He is currently employed as a Construction Foreman at McCue Builders. Sean is a lifelong resident of the Sugar Grove area and is active in community activities, including the Sugar Grove Park District as a softball and soccer coach. He and his wife, Valerie, have four children.

The mission of the Village of Sugar Grove is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for all its citizens. The Village of Sugar Grove shall provide efficient and effective government services in a fiscally responsible and courteous manner. While committed to this professional level of service, the Village must weigh each individual’s needs against community standards and resources, to determine what is in the best interest of all its citizens.