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UK Olympics Minister Advises Chicago on Potential Bid

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UK Olympics Minister Advises Chicago on Potential Bid

Chicago’s business and civic leaders got some advice today on how to launch a successful bid for the 2016 Olympics.

The United Kingdom’s Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell was the keynote speaker for the Metropolitan Planning Council’s annual meeting. Jowell says London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics was successful due to “legacy planning.”

For example, it included a plan to use Olympic infrastructure to revitalize its economically and socially depressed East End. But Jowell says Chicago must be prepared for a long haul if it wants to undertake similar bold plans.

JOWELL: The most important thing is to maintain public support, public understanding and a sense of public connection to the bid and a belief among the people in the city that this will bring benefit to them.

Jowell says Chicago shouldn’t just create a plan to impress the International Olympic Committee. She says instead, a successful bid should be true to the needs of the city.

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