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MMC to Host Special “Mayors Only” Discussion on Suburban Poverty

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) will host a  special “mayors only” discussion on the growing issue of suburban poverty on Wednesday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at McDonald’s Hamburger University Campus,  2715 Jorie Blvd, Oak Brook, IL 60523.  The authors of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program publication Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Alan Berube and Elizabeth Kneebone, will discuss the challenges resulting from suburban poverty and the policy implications of  their research.

Although the City of Chicago still has greater concentrations of poverty than do most suburban towns, there are now more individuals living in poverty outside the City and in the suburbs. Current philanthropic funding and state and federal programs are not adequate to address the growing demands suburban communities are experiencing with impoverished residents. Since this phenomenon is increasingly common in metropolitan areas nationwide, the Brookings Institution is eager to work with local elected officials to tackle these challenges at the right scale with the right support and partners.

To RSVP for this special “Mayors Only” discussion, please email or call 312-201-4507. Staff contacts: Mark Fowler, Larry Bury

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