June 1 Symposium

We invite you to participate in the upcoming symposium, “ Business Growth and Employment in Chicago’s African American Neighborhoods,”  on Thursday, June 1st , at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The event is sponsored by the Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI), and World Business Chicago.

This symposium will highlight the ways in which investments and economic growth can be brought into Chicago’s south side neighborhoods. The program will include panel discussions with a range of experts, including Congressman Bobby Rush, U.S. representative for the 1st Congressional District; Andrea Zopp, deputy mayor for the City of Chicago; Theaster Gates, director, Arts and Public Life, Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago; Natalie Moore, author of The South Side; Jane Rhodes, professor of African American history at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Nedra Sims-Fears, executive director of the Greater Chatham Initiative; and Terry Mazany, president of the Chicago Community Trust.

At the symposium, GCI will recognize local businesses with the Chatham Business Award.

Advance registration is required, tickets are $25. To RSVP, please contact: Robin Newberger, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 312.322.5752. Registration Deadline, Tuesday,May 23, 2017

About CDPS
The Community Development and Policy Studies division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago promotes fair access to credit and financial services. The Fed’s community development function has for decades worked to better understand and address impediments to economic mobility and participation in the mainstream economy.
About GCI
The Greater Chatham Initiative has a mission to drive investment in African American communities on the south side of Chicago, including Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, Avalon Park and Auburn Gresham. GCI came together a year ago under the impetus of Bobby Rush, the city of Chicago, and other civic leaders.
About World Business Chicago
World Business Chicago is a public-private, nonprofit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

Speakers

Speakers

June 1 Symposium Speakers

  • Alicia Williams, Vice President, Community Development and Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Nedra Sims- Fears, Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative
  • Jane Rhodes, Professor and head of African American studies, University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Marisa Novara, Vice-President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Theaster Gates, Professor of Visual Arts, University of Chicago
  • Natalie Moore, author of  The South Side and WBEZ reporter
  • David Doig, President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Congressman Bobby Rush, U.S Representative, 1st Congressional District Illinois
  • Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, City of Chicago
  • Terry Mazany, President and CEO Chicago Community Trust
  • Michael Sacks, Vice Chairman, World Business Chicago

         

Agenda

Business Growth and Employment in Chicago’s African-American Neighborhoods Agenda

Business Growth and Employment in Chicago’s

African-American Neighborhoods

 

June 1, 2017

 

 

 

7:30-8:15 am  Breakfast and registration

 

8:15-8:20 am  Opening remarks by Chicago Fed

 

Alicia Williams, Vice President, Community Development and Policy Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

 

8:20-8:30 am Opening remarks from Greater Chatham Initiative

 

Nedra Sims-Fears, Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative

 

8:30-8:50 am Keynote lecture

 

Jane Rhodes, Professor and head of African American studies, University of

Illinois at Chicago

 

8:50-10:00 am  Reflections on community change in south side neighborhoods

 

Moderator: Marisa Novara, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

 

Theaster Gates, Professor of Visual Arts, University of Chicago Natalie Moore, author of The South Side and WBEZ reporter David Doig, President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

10:00-10:15   Break

 

10:15-10:30   Data on business growth and employment in Chicago communities

 

Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

 

10:30-11:15 am  Accelerating business growth and employment in minority neighborhoods

 

 

Moderator: Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce

Partnership

 

 

Illinois Service Federal Savings & Loan (Invited) Calumet Area Industrial Commission (Invited) Chatham Large Employer (Invited)

Small Business Employer (Invited)

 

11:15 11:30 am Chatham Business Awards

 

Nedra Sims-Fears, Executive Director, Greater Chatham Initiative

 

11:30-12:00 Lunch and networking

 

 

12:00:12:25 Keynote remarks on Greater Chatham Initiative

 

Congressman Bobby Rush, U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District

Illinois

 

12:30 -1:15 pm  Challenging inequality, driving economic growth

 

Andrea Zopp, Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer, City of Chicago

 

Terry Mazany, President and CEO Chicago Community Trust

 

1:15-1:30 pm Concluding remarks

 

Michael Sacks, Vice Chairman, World Business Chicago

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