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Our 2018 Annual Report

Back in 1934, when the Metropolitan Planning Council was founded, our region was a tale of two cities. Today, we've made progress in some ways, but there's more to do. That's why we have a real urgency about making this region work better for everyone. It’s why we convene neighbors, community leaders, employers, and elected officials. It's why we chart a more racially equitable future, quantify the return on investment of public transit, and educate municipal leaders on running their public water utilities.

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2019 Annual Luncheon
MPC's 2019 Annual Luncheon

September 19, 2019, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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The American Dream. MacArthur Genius and Harvard Professor Raj Chetty gained renown studying social issues through the powerful lens of economics. “The most-cited economist in the world” recently examined our nation’s economic mobility patterns, finding that children’s earliest experiences—from their kindergarten teachers to their neighborhoods—unlock advancement. Chetty’s work sparks critical questions about disinvestment, racism, and the power of place. Chetty, Harvard’s William A. Ackman Professor of Economics and Director of Opportunity Insights, will be joined in conversation with David Williams, Policy Director of Opportunity Insights and former senior advisor to the Mayor of Detroit. Together, they will discuss how data informs scalable policy solutions that will empower families across the U.S. to achieve better life outcomes.

MPC will also recognize one of Chicago’s leading corporate citizens, John W. Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation, with the 2019 Champion Fighter Award. This honor is bestowed to those who have made extraordinary civic contributions to the Chicago region, which is embodied by John’s transformative leadership and philanthropy.

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Sponsorships are available! For more information, contact Janet Myers, Vice President of Philanthropy, at or 312.863.6010.

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For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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