Transform Rockford Community Learning Session- Industrial Cities Initiative
Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
You're Invited to Attend a Special
Community Learning Session Co-hosted by
Transform Rockford and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Join us for a special session to learn from a top economist with the Chicago Federal Reserve on their Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI). Susan Longworth, a Senior Business Economist for the Chicago Fed and editor of the book Industrial Cities Initiative, we will present their research and engage in a dialogue with attendees.
The event will be hosted at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine on Thursday, June 26th at 6:00 PM. This event is open to the public at no charge.
The loss of manufacturing jobs has shaped the Midwest urban landscape for more than a half-century. However, just as most cities have lost manufacturing jobs to a greater or lesser degree, most are working – with more or less success – to offer a higher quality of life to their residents while striving to make these communities more resilient to social and economic changes.
The effort to improve the economic and social well-being of these cities and their residents occurs in an environment shaped by macroeconomic forces, state and national policies, and the dynamic relationship of city and region.
Within this context, the ICI was motivated by questions about why some Midwest towns and cities outperform other cities with comparable histories and manufacturing legacies. And, can "successful" economic development strategies implemented in "higher-performing cities" be replicated in ‘underperforming cities?
Please join us to learn more and continue the discussion.