J.B. Pritzker will discuss Chicago’s economic evolution at Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Annual Luncheon June 3, “Investing in Chicago’s Future” - Metropolitan Planning Council

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J.B. Pritzker will discuss Chicago’s economic evolution at Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Annual Luncheon June 3, “Investing in Chicago’s Future”

MPC also will recognize Abbott Chairman and CEO Miles D. White with the Champion Fighter Award

(Chicago) … J.B. Pritzker—a leading entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist in Chicago and the U.S. and founder of tech company incubator 1871—will discuss how collaboration between businesses, philanthropies and governments can continue to support the evolution of Chicago’s entrepreneurial economy, at Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) Annual Luncheon, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, noon to 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Regency Ballroom, West Tower.

“Building on what was then an untapped asset—Chicago’s burgeoning tech sector—J.B. Pritzker fostered a partnership between venture capitalists, philanthropists and local and state governments to create 1871, which today is known for reinventing business models and anchoring a growing facet of Chicago’s diverse economy,” said MPC President MarySue Barrett. “We look forward to a conversation with Mr. Pritzker about the critical ingredients to unlock growth for Chicago, including ongoing civic leadership, cross-sector collaboration and nurturing Chicago’s creative streak.”

Also at the luncheon, Andrew J. McKenna will present MPC's Champion Fighter Award to Miles D. White, chairman and CEO of Abbott, for his extraordinary civic contributions to our region.

Scott Swanson, regional president for Illinois at PNC Bank, which is the Presenting Sponsor of MPC’s 2015 Annual Luncheon, will also speak at the event. Crain’s Chicago Business is the Media Sponsor.

Abbott, Abbvie, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, BMO Harris Bank, The Crown Family, Globetrotters Engineering, The Harris Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Walgreens are Lead Sponsors of the event. Benefactors of the event are The Allstate Insurance Company; Bank of America; Laura and George Bilicic; The Boeing Company; Rita and John Canning; ComEd, an Exelon Company; Fieldglass, Inc.; Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds; John S. Gates, Jr; JLL and LaSalle Investment Management; Lazard; Liz and Eric Lefkofsky; MB Financial Bank; Northern Trust Corporation; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; M. Jude & Lori W. Reyes; Roger and Susan Stone; U.S. Bank; and Wintrust Commercial Bank.

A full list of sponsors is available here: http://www.metroplanning.org/luncheon.

“Investing in Chicago’s Future”
Metropolitan Planning Council 2015 Annual Luncheon

J.B. Pritzker, Managing Partner, Pritzker Group

Miles D. White, Chairman and CEO, Abbott

Msgr. Kenneth Velo, DePaul University; invocation
MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council; moderator
Scott Swanson, Regional President for Illinois, PNC Bank; Presenting Sponsor, MPC 2015 Annual Luncheon
Andrew J. McKenna, Chairman, McDonald’s Corporation and Schwarz Supply Source; Champion Fighter Award presentation                                        

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Reception 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Regency Ballroom, West Tower

Tickets may be purchased at http://www.pjhchicago.com/event/mpc.

Media may attend the event free of charge, but should register with MPC Communications Assistant Ariel Ranieri, aranieri@metroplanning.org, 312.863.6020 (office), or 312.315.9027 (cell).

About MPC

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.

About PNC Bank

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset management and global fund services. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

The hashtag for this year's Luncheon is #Chicago2015.


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