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March 2017
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How the Illinois International Port District can make a SPLASH: Jobs, development, and innovation!

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This talk will focus on the five-year strategic plan for the Illinois International Port District and how the plan is designed to bring viability back to the Port with a focus on E.R.I.C. strategies (economic and environmental, recreational, industrial, and conservation). Clayton Harris III and the Illinois International Port District are committed to developing and maintaining a world-class port that operates as a modern, strategically driven facility and is focused on generating and expanding economic activity and employment for the…

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Revitalizing neighborhoods and creating jobs through high-impact initiatives

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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CNI is a not-for-profit community development corporation focused on mixed-use real estate developments on Chicago's Far South Side and is a Community Development Entity investing New Market Tax Credits in high impact neighborhood projects.  Chicago neighborhood initiatives was formed in 2010 to coordinate resources, economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts in chicagoland’s low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. CNI seeks to revitalize neighborhoods and create jobs by developing high impact projects, providing financial resources to entrepreneurs and sustaining long-term community partnerships. Doig  has…

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April 2017
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Tourism, visitors, and fiscal impacts on a local economy in the Calumet area

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The Calumet area at the Illinois/Indiana border is rich in world class prairie and savanna habitats, the best trail network in the region, a stretch of the 1000 mile Lake Michigan National Recreation (lake kayaking) Trail, the Pullman National Monument, the A. Philip Randolph Museum, some great microbreweries, music festivals, the best windsurfing in the region, the Little Calumet River Water Trail, a stretch of the 500 mile Grand Illinois Trail, and its intersection with the 4600 mile coast-to-coast American…

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From ‘Policy Vacuum’ to ‘Policy Swell’: Comprehending the Changing Nature of Urban Planning in Contemporary India

April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This presentation will illustrate how urban India has moved from a state of ‘policy vacuum’ to ‘policy swell’ in the last two decades and what it means for our understanding of the country’s approach to urban planning and development. The central government, for instance, has sponsored many planning policies and follow-up development programs ranging from the National Urban Housing and Habitat Policy to the ongoing Smart Cities Mission, Clean India, HRIDAY, AMRUT, and the recently concluded Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban…

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Using Social Enterprises to Survive Uncertain Times and Why Should Not-For-Profits Launch Social Enterprises?

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Mark Yates has over two decades of experience working and teaching in the private and public sectors, after which he decided to put his financial acumen and accounting management skills to work in the nonprofit sector. He joined Safer Foundation in 2007 as Associate Vice President, Accounting. His leadership in the development and implementation of strategic plans helped guide Safer Foundation during a critical period of organizational growth. A nationally recognized expert facilitator and instructor of accounting, Mark also has extensive…

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UTC Event: Transit Investment Case: Japan and U.S.

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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April 20, 2017 — Noon to 1 p.m. UTC Spring Seminar Series Speaker: Susumu Kudo, PhD, Former UIC and UTC Research Assistant, Former Professor, Fukui Prefecture University, Japan Topic: Making the Investment Case II: Comparing Japan and the United States Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago Details: In Japan, most transportation agencies are operated by private companies. Since the 1980, a network of high-speed trains have been built to meet changing demographics. For this final Spring…

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May 2017
Free

Day 1 – Untrouble The Waters: Freshwater Lab Summit 2017

May 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UIC Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Untrouble the Waters is a summit dedicated to bringing mayors, local leaders, and researchers together to envision and launch projects that benefit communities and watersheds alike. Amidst questions of federal intentions about the Clean Water Act and Clean Water Rule; aging infrastructure; and water crises such as algae blooms, lead poisoning, and water shutoffs; the UIC Freshwater Lab invites government officials, academic researchers and community leaders to Untrouble the Waters. At this vital juncture for the Great Lakes and the communities…

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Day 2 – Untrouble The Waters: Freshwater Lab Summit 2017

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UIC Student Center East, 750 S Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Untrouble the Waters is a summit dedicated to bringing mayors, local leaders, and researchers together to envision and launch projects that benefit communities and watersheds alike. Amidst questions of federal intentions about the Clean Water Act and Clean Water Rule; aging infrastructure; and water crises such as algae blooms, lead poisoning, and water shutoffs; the UIC Freshwater Lab invites government officials, academic researchers and community leaders to Untrouble the Waters. At this vital juncture for the Great Lakes and the communities…

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Securing the Common Good Public Colloquium

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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In the past few years, questions around the common good have risen to the level of national debate and the depletion of funding for public services demonstrate that much has changed since Jane Addams founded the Hull-House Social Settlement in 1889. The result of a year-long series of seminars grounded in the work of Progressive Era activists and the Hull-House Settlement, this interdisciplinary program will explore the importance of the humanities in understanding common good issues such as: Housing, employment,…

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Youth Jobs = A Smart Investment City/County Youth Employment Hearing

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chicago City Council Chambers, 121 N LaSalle St, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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