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Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on Economic Development for We Will Chicago

November 10, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. CT

This is a past event

Online via Zoom.

Hosted by: City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Metropolitan Planning Council, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago’s economy is one of the most diverse in the country, with a broad range of businesses, retail, education, and industrial employment. This diversity provides resilience even when portions of the economy are negatively impacted by local, national, or global trends. Through policies and actions, the aim is to support a vibrant economy to reduce negative environmental effects of businesses, while providing support for companies that are located in and employ residents of underserved neighborhoods. This will result in a wealthier, more equitable economy for all Chicago residents and workers.

 Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as we explore international models that advance the goal of equitable economic development. You will hear from global voices on successful international initiatives and from City of Chicago leaders on the relevant policies included in We Will Chicago draft framework plan. These policies and your input can help lead to more livable and vibrant communities.

Speakers include:

  • Michael Fassnacht, President & CEO, World Business Chicago & Chief Marketing Officer for the City of Chicago
  • Nina Idemudia, AICP, Director of the Chicago Recovery Plan, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
  • Julia Jaeger, International Investor Support, Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund
  • Jose R. Rodriguez, Director, Community Capital, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

This event is part of a seven-part series on We Will Chicago, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the City of Chicago. Each event in the series will feature a panel presentation of international and local city experts, along with interactive polling to provide feedback and input on the plan’s draft policies. This is the first citywide plan in more than fifty years - don’t miss your chance to engage with fellow Chicagoans on strategies and ideas to improve the city’s future! Check out the schedule of events based on the We Will Chicago Plan pillars here.

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