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We Will Chicago: Economic Development

Town Hall
The final public engagement event in the We Will Chicago series gathers local and international leaders to discuss models of equitable economic development.
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Josh Hild
Nina Idemudia
Julia Jaeger
Michael Fassnacht
Jose Rodriguez
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About This Event

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.

Join the Council, the City of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Planning Council as we explore international models that advance the goal of equitable economic development. You will hear from global voices on successful international initiatives and from City of Chicago leaders on the relevant policies included in the We Will Chicago draft framework plan. These policies and your input can help lead to more livable and vibrant communities. 

About the Speakers
Chicago Recovery Plan Director
Nina Idemudia is a professional urban planner with a fundamental passion for shaping the built environment so that communities have the opportunity to thrive.
Julia Jaeger
Investor Support
Julia Jaeger is an investor support specialist for the Economic Development Agency of the City of Dortmund, where she supports companies in starting up, relocating, and growing.
President & CEO, World Business Chicago
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A seasoned marketing and strategic thought leader with more than 30 years of experience, Michael Fassnacht has served as president and CEO of World Business Chicago since 2021. He also works alongside the mayor’s office as the city's chief marketing officer. A recurring figure in Chicago's civic community, he previously served as CEO and president of top advertising agency Foote Cone & Belding.
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Director, Community Capital Portfolio, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Jose Rodriguez leads the foundation’s work to collaborate with community partners to identify and invest in projects that promote economic vitality. The portfolio’s goal is to leverage our investment to unlock the capital communities need to thrive.