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

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


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 the 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.

A panel of international and local leaders will meet for a final time to discuss possibilities to create a more equitable and resilient Chicago at 12 PM, Thursday, Nov. 10th during the Global Voices, Local Action webinar series. The series, which has occurred monthly since June, will focus on the We Will Chicago draft citywide framework plan’s economic development pillar.

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
  • Juan Sebastian Arias, First Deputy of Policy, City of Chicago Office of the Mayor

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