WBEZ | urbanforum2012 http://www.wbez.org/tags/urbanforum2012 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A Conversation with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: MAP-21 and What’s Next for Urban Transportation Funding http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/conversation-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-map-21-and-what%E2%80%99s-next <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-LaHood.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.<br /><br />This is the closing conversation of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum. The discussion is facilitated by <strong>Steve Schlickman</strong>, Executive Director of the UIC Urban Transportation Center.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74832973&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br /><strong>Ray H. LaHood</strong> became the 16th Secretary of Transportation on January 23, 2009. In nominating him, President-elect Obama said, &ldquo;Few understand our infrastructure challenge better than the outstanding public servant that I&rsquo;m asking to lead the Department of Transportation.&rdquo; Secretary LaHood&rsquo;s primary goals in implementing President Obama&rsquo;s priorities for transportation include safety across all modes, restoring economic health and creating jobs, sustainability&mdash;shaping the economy of the coming decades by building new transportation infrastructure, and assuring that transportation policies focus on people who use the transportation system and their communities.<br /><br />As Secretary of Transportation, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation missions. Secretary LaHood said he would bring President-elect Obama&rsquo;s priorities to the Department and see them effectively implemented with a commitment to fairness across regional lines, across party lines and between people who come to the issues with different perspectives. Before becoming Secretary of Transportation, LaHood served for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois (from 1995-2009). During that time he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and, after that, on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to his election to the House, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Robert Michel, whom he succeeded in representing the 18th District, and as District Administrative Assistant to Congressman Thomas Railsback. He also served in the Illinois State Legislature. Before his career in government, Secretary LaHood was a high school teacher, having received his degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He was also director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau and Chief planner for the Bi-States Metropolitan Planning Commission in Illinois. LaHood and his wife, Kathy, have four children (Darin, Amy, Sam, and Sara) and nine grandchildren.<br /><br />About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.<br /><br />The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa<br /><br />For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/conversation-us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-map-21-and-what%E2%80%99s-next Paying for Past Decisions: How Will Pension and Infrastructure Expenditures Affect Economic Recovery? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/paying-past-decisions-how-will-pension-and-infrastructure-expenditures <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-discussion4_pastdecisions.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.<br /><br />&quot;Paying for Past Decisions: How will pension and infrastructure expenditures affect economic recovery?&quot; took place during the afternoon sessions of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum. Moderated by <strong>Laurence Msall</strong>, President of The Civic Federation, the panel features:<br /><br />- <strong>Phil Ashton</strong>, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- <strong>Forrest Claypool</strong>, President, Chicago Transit Authority<br />- <strong>David Merriman</strong>, Professor and Associate Director, The Institute of Government and Public Affairs; Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- <strong>Richard Nathan</strong>, Former Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, The State University of New York<br /><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74832369&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.<br /><br />The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa<br /><br />For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/paying-past-decisions-how-will-pension-and-infrastructure-expenditures Health, Safety and Welfare: Can the Social Safety Net Hold? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/health-safety-and-welfare-can-social-safety-net-hold-104895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-discussion3_health.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.<br /><br />&quot;Health, Safety and Welfare: Can the social safety net hold?&quot; took place during the afternoon sessions of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum. Moderated by <strong>Terry Mazany</strong>, President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, the panel features:<br /><br />- <strong>Rachel Gordon</strong>, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- <strong>Julia Stasch</strong>, Vice President, U.S. Programs, MacArthur Foundation<br />- <strong>Nik Theodore</strong>, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- <strong>Margaret Weir</strong>, Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution</p><p><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74831636&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.<br /><br />The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa<br /><br />For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/health-safety-and-welfare-can-social-safety-net-hold-104895 Economic Growth: Can Proven Strategies of Urban Development Be Made New? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/economic-growth-can-proven-strategies-urban-development-be-made-new-104894 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-discussion2_economicgrowth.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.<br /><br />&quot;Economic Growth: Can proven strategies of urban development be made new?&quot; took place during the afternoon sessions of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum, moderated by<strong> Lance Pressl</strong>, Senior Policy Fellow at the Institute for Work and the Economy. It features:<br /><br />- <strong>Teresa Córdova</strong>, Director, The Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- The Honorable<strong> Karen Freeman-Wilson</strong>, Mayor of Gary, Indiana<br />- <strong>Geoffrey Hewings</strong>, Professor, Director, Regional Economic Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />- <strong>Rachel Weber</strong>, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Associate Director for Research and Program Development, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />- <strong>Raphael Bostic</strong>, Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.</p><p><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74830882&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.<br /><br />The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa<br /><br />For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/economic-growth-can-proven-strategies-urban-development-be-made-new-104894 Making Government Efficient: How Can Cities Collaborate While Competing in the New Economy? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-government-efficient-how-can-cities-collaborate-while-competing-new <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-discussion1_makinggovtefficient.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.&nbsp;</p><div>&quot;Making Government Efficient: How can cities collaborate while competing in the new economy?&quot; took place during the afternoon sessions of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum, moderated by <strong>Randy Blankenhorn</strong>, executive director of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and featured:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>- <strong>MarySue Barrett</strong>, President, Metropolitan Planning Council</div><div>- <strong>Rebecca Hendrick</strong>, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago</div><div>- <strong>Annette Steinacker</strong>, Associate Professor and Director, Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program, Department of Political Science, Loyola University</div><div>- <strong>Richard Feiock</strong>, Augustus B. Turnbull Professor, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, The Florida State University</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74827754" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</div></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/making-government-efficient-how-can-cities-collaborate-while-competing-new Emerging from the Great Recession: How Cities Respond to and Thrive During Challenging Economic Times http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emerging-great-recession-how-cities-respond-and-thrive-during-challenging <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-panel2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.&nbsp;</p><div>&quot;Emerging from the Great Recession: How Cities Respond to and Thrive During Challenging Economic Times&quot; is the second panel of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum, moderated by WBEZ&#39;s <strong>Natalie Moore</strong>, featuring:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>- The Honorable <strong>Michael Coleman</strong>, Mayor of Columbus</div><div>- The Honorable <strong>Betsy Fretwell</strong>, City Manager of Las Vegas</div><div>- The Honorable <strong>Luke Ravenstahl</strong>, Mayor of Pittsburgh</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74826769" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>About UIC Urban Forum: This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/emerging-great-recession-how-cities-respond-and-thrive-during-challenging Chicago Metropolitan Resilience: Redefining the New Normal http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-metropolitan-resilience-redefining-new-normal-104890 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/121206_urbanforum-panel1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum is an annual gathering of the various and diverse communities who work together in pursuit of enhancing the urban condition. With approximately 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas and producing approximately 85 percent of GDP, cities are the backbone of the nation&rsquo;s economic vitality and have been challenged by the Great Recession unlike any time in the post-War era.&nbsp;</p><div>&quot;Chicago Metropolitan Resilience: Redefining the new normal&quot; is the first panel of the 2012 UIC Urban Forum, moderated by WBEZ&#39;s <strong>Niala Boodhoo</strong>, featuring:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>- <strong>Cristal Thomas</strong>, Deputy Governor, Office of Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois</div><div>- <strong>Steven Koch</strong>, Deputy Mayor of Chicago</div><div>- <strong>Neil Khare</strong>, Deputy Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>With Welcoming Remarks by <strong>Paula Allen-Meares</strong>, University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor, and <strong>Christopher Kennedy</strong>, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at University of Illinois.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74825362" width="100%"></iframe></p><div>About UIC Urban Forum:&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil,&rdquo; features discussions on coping with economic challenges in the Chicago metropolitan region and the other urban regions of the nation, improving government cooperation, collaboration and efficiency, spurring economic growth and development, strengthening social safety nets, and addressing the cities&rsquo; infrastructure and pension systems. The 2012 Forum examines the strategies and best practices for improving metropolitan regions in these challenging economic times. Featuring top federal and state officials, mayors and city managers from across the country, academic experts in various areas of urban policy and thought leaders in the non-profit, private and foundation communities, we hope today&rsquo;s discussions will inspire governments and citizens to work together for an improved future for our cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has hosted an annual Urban Forum since 1995 when the first Forum convened under the auspices of the Great Cities Institute. Called the Winter Forum, it featured scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and elected officials from the Chicago region and other parts of the country. Between 2005 and 2010, UIC in partnership with the City of Chicago, hosted the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, which was designed as a collaboration aimed at convening key public, private and non-profit leaders in an academic arena to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is the primary internal partner for the Urban Forum. The academic strengths of the College allow the Urban Forum to conduct policy-relevant research, examine possible policy approaches to improve the condition of urban regions, conduct public symposia, engage policy officials and academic experts and provide training to the next generation of urban leaders. Key to this partnership is the way in which CUPPA embraces the space between theoretical and conceptual understandings of urban regions on the one hand, and the daily problems and expectations that confront frontline elected city officials on the other. CUPPA scholars theorize, evaluate and propose solution sets to cities, in dialogue both with the broader intellectual community of UIC and other universities, as well as policy analysts, government and non-profit manager and civic association professionals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. For more, visit: www.uic.edu/cuppa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more Forum history, 2012 speaker bios, and to download the 2012 White Papers, visit: uicurbanforum.org.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-metropolitan-resilience-redefining-new-normal-104890