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National Politics Thu Apr 23 2009

Biden To Come To Chicago To Talk About Cities

Most people like to start praiseworthy comments about Joe Biden with something like "Sure he talks a lot but...etc." I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'm just going to share this press release I got today and say that not only is the Vice President (who likes high speed rail and perhaps cities) going to be in Chicago but so will Bruce Katz, head of Brookings' urban policy program going to be on a panel alongside some very distinguished fellow guests talking about how cities can be the vanguard of economic recovery, in Chicago! For extreme nerds like me this is basically Springstein or Woodstock. Check it out:

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Keynote UIC's Fifth Annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum: "Global Economic Recovery: Cities Lead the Way"
Forum to bring together mayors and municipal leaders from cities in more than 30 countries

WHAT: The 2009 Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, hosted by UIC and the Daley family, will focus on the most pressing challenge facing cities around the world: recovery from the global economic crisis and investment that will sustain long-term economic growth.

* Vice President Joe Biden
* Mayor Richard M. Daley
* Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, UIC
* Victoria J. Chou, Dean, College of Education, UIC
* Carol Coletta, President/CEO, CEOs for Cities
* Bruce Katz, VP, Brookings Institution
* Michael H. Moskow, Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
* Norbert Riedel, Corporate VP and Chief Scientific Officer, Baxter International, Inc.
* Bernard Shaw, principal anchor emeritus, CNN
* More than 30 mayors and other municipal leaders from cities including: Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Bogotá, Colombia; Casablanca, Morocco; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kyiv, Ukraine; Paris, France; Vilnius, Lithuania and others.

WHEN: Monday, April 27
7:45 a.m.: Media registration opens
8:30 a.m.: Program begins
9:00 a.m.: Plenary Issues Panel, "Economic Recovery and Urban Reinvestment"
9:45 a.m.: Global town meeting, with mayors from more than 30 global cities
11:45 a.m.: Keynote address

WHERE: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

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RAStewart / April 23, 2009 11:58 PM


Of course, just having Washington in the hands of people who don't hate cities is pretty amazing.

RaiseExpectations / April 24, 2009 11:13 PM

Maybe some progressive ideas to improve our city will rub off on Daley?

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