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MPC Creates New Position to Enhance Regional Partnerships

Former MPC South Suburban Coordinator Kristi DeLaurentiis will expand her role to collaborate with local leaders and councils of government across northeastern Illinois

(Chicago)…..In an effort to establish new and reinforce existing partnerships throughout the growing region, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is pleased to announce that Kristi DeLaurentiis, formerly MPC south suburban coordinator, has stepped into a newly created role at the Council: manager of local government and community relations. In this position, DeLaurentiis is strengthening partnerships with stakeholders in Chicago’s inner suburbs, collar counties, and exurban counties, and working with community, business and government leaders to address the region’s growth challenges.

MPC President MarySue Barrett said DeLaurentiis’ extensive knowledge of regional and statewide development trends makes her uniquely qualified to reach out to local leaders as they work to revitalize mature communities and guide new development.

“Over the last six years, Kristi has been enormously effective in cultivating trust and forging political partnerships with leaders throughout south Cook and Will counties,” said Barrett. ”Her knowledge of sensible growth strategies and how they can benefit local communities will win over mayors and county officials throughout the growing metropolitan area of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.”

DeLaurentiis, a resident of Frankfort, Ill., joined MPC as south suburban coordinator in 2000, working to bolster the Council’s partnerships in southern Cook and Will counties. She is a strong advocate for sustainable development efforts that revitalize and invest in established communities; make efficient use of existing infrastructure, land, and capital; conserve natural areas; expand economic opportunity; and serve as models for the region, state and nation. As manager of local government and community relations, she will serve as a catalyst, energizing both her colleagues and partners across Chicagoland by aligning resources and efforts to expand opportunities for Chicago-area residents and businesses.

“This is an exciting and opportune time for our region as more and more of our leaders understand we must have a collective vision for the future,” DeLaurentiis said. “Many of the issues – how to improve the economic climate and business environment, make good development decisions, protect regional assets and natural areas, create healthy communities, and meet the needs of a growing region – are not unique to one locale. MPC has built a track record of assistance and consensus building around solutions, and I’m looking forward to working with others throughout the region on many of these challenges.”

DeLaurentiis, who holds a master’s degree in environmental biology, frequently speaks before business, civic and community groups to promote the creation of livable communities through sensible planning and development practices. She is a member of Governors State University’s Board of Trustees and Illinois’ Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee and has served on several other state boards and commissions, including just finishing a term as an Illinois Nature Preserve Commissioner. She is also a volunteer member of the Illinois Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society.

Founded in 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders committed to serving the public interest through the promotion and implementation of sensible planning and development policies necessary for an economically competitive Chicago region. MPC researches and develops policy recommendations and conducts outreach and advocacy in partnership with public officials and community leaders to enhance equity of opportunity and quality of life throughout metropolitan Chicago.

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