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July 19: The Future of Economic Opportunity forum


The opportunity to move up the economic ladder has been a cornerstone of the American Dream, yet research shows that fewer than 50 percent of Millennials will make more money than their parents do. Unequal access to education, employment, and critical resources is preventing some individuals from realizing their full potential—and, ultimately, limiting the region’s growth and competitiveness. How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?

This forum is co-sponsored by Cook County, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, and Will County Governmental League.

The Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium is ADA accessible.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to attend, please contact Katanya Raby-Henry at khenry@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8628.

MODERATOR Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Council

PANELISTS Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Chair, Illinois Community College Board Marie Trzupek Lynch, CEO and President, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Bhash Mazumder, Senior Economist and Research Advisor and Director, Chicago Census Research Data Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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