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Past Events

Strengthening Regional Economies for a Sustainable Midwest


Ahead of the Cities Summit of the Americas, the Council brings together local and national leaders to explore policy priorities for a sustainable Midwest.

Roundtable Discussion
Matt Watson

We Will Chicago: Economic Development


The final public engagement event in the We Will Chicago series gathers local and international leaders to discuss models of equitable economic development.

Chicago El train
Josh Hild

Commentary & Analysis

What Midwest Industrial Communities Can Teach About Managing Economic Change

In the News
Our Towns Civic Foundation
John Austin

There are growing efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to diminish economic disparities between thriving global city regions and struggling communities in industrial heartlands.

Industrial heartland landscape
Global Cities

Municipal Activism: How Cities Stand Up for LGBTQ+ Rights

Global Insight by Jenna Kaplan

Around the world, cities continue to protect the basic human rights of vulnerable populations in the face of fierce opposition from national governments.

Pride Parade
Robin Worrall
Global Cities


Cities as Geopolitical Testbeds of Digital Infrastructure

Working Paper by Andrea Pollio

African cities have emerged as proxy arenas where different modes of international relations are given effect through the development of infrastructure.

Nairobi Phone Stall
Global Cities

Participatory Governance in Local Care Programs

Report by Coauthors

Two case studies from Bogotá and Chicago demonstrate how cities embraced participatory governance frameworks in their COVID-19 pandemic responses.

Health care workers
Global Cities


Michele Acuto 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Cities
Council expert Michele Acuto
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John Austin 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Midwest
Council expert John Austin