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
"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."