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New Year, New Directions, as MPC Sets 2005 Policy Agenda

Experts predict that in the coming decades, only a handful of American metropolises will emerge as truly "global cities," those that support the most talented workers, dynamic companies, and culturally vibrant communities by ensuring that all residents can attain a high quality of life.

MPC wants to help secure a place for metropolitan Chicago – and its 8 million residents – among the world's great places to live, work and play. Major concerns and specific action items that will drive the Council's work in 2005 are education funding, quality and accountability reform; property tax relief; improved workforce housing availability; better transportation funding and planning; and preservation of open space and water quality and quantity. Specific recommendations for action at the federal, state and local levels are featured in the Council's 2005 PolicyAgenda .

"There is a strong connection between all of MPC's policy pursuits," said Peter Skosey , MPC's vice president of external relations. "We must ensure that all of our residents have access to quality housing options, better schools, convenient transportation systems, and healthy communities."

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