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Past Events

Strengthening Regional Economies for a Sustainable Midwest


Ahead of the Cities Summit of the Americas, the Council brings together local and national leaders to explore policy priorities for a sustainable Midwest.

Roundtable Discussion
Matt Watson

We Will Chicago: Economic Development


The final public engagement event in the We Will Chicago series gathers local and international leaders to discuss models of equitable economic development.

Chicago El train
Josh Hild

Commentary & Analysis

Local, Global Collaboration Drives Action on Climate Agenda

Global Insight by Matt Watson

The Summary for Urban Policymakers series grew out of a recognition of the need for greater integration of climate science with the urban perspective.

Santa Cruz flooding
Global Cities

What Midwest Industrial Communities Can Teach About Managing Economic Change

In the News
Our Towns Civic Foundation
John Austin

There are growing efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to diminish economic disparities between thriving global city regions and struggling communities in industrial heartlands.

Industrial heartland landscape
Global Cities


On and Off the BRI Map: A Story of the Darwin Port, Australia

Working Paper by Julie Miao

The Port of Darwin shows the potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative as social infrastructure, but also the challenges in materializing its benefits.

Darwin Port
Julie Miao
Global Cities

Cities as Geopolitical Testbeds of Digital Infrastructure

Working Paper by Andrea Pollio

African cities have emerged as proxy arenas where different modes of international relations are given effect through the development of infrastructure.

Nairobi Phone Stall
Global Cities


Michele Acuto 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities
Council expert Michele Acuto
Social Media

John Austin 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Midwest
Council expert John Austin