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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to Serve as Honorary Chairs and Co-Hosts of the 2020 Great Lakes Economic Forum

March 5, 2020 | By |

Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario – The Council of the Great Lakes Region is very pleased to announce that Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot will serve as the honorary chairs and co-hosts of the next Great Lakes Economic Forum (GLEF), which is taking place in Chicago from June 16-18, 2020.

The Council is also pleased to announce that POLITICO, the most robust global newsroom specializing in politics and policy, will again serve as the exclusive media partner for GLEF, which will help promote the event across its digital platforms and amplify the conversations at GLEF2020 to influential audiences in the U.S, Canada, and the binational Great Lakes economic region.

Launched in Chicago in 2015, the annual event is quickly becoming the foremost gathering of corporate, government, political, academic, and non-profit leaders from across the eight Great Lakes states and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec who want to engage in conversations about the strategic significance of the Great Lakes economy and develop collaborative action plans that will build the future competitiveness and sustainability of this vital region to the United States, Canada, and North America.

The theme of this year’s conference – Powering Forward in the Great Lakes Economic Region: Our Prosperity. Our Sustainability. Our Future. – signifies the importance of the region’s workforce, industries, innovators and entrepreneurs, transportation and energy infrastructure, natural resources, farming and food systems, and higher education institutions to both countries, the region’s economic and ecological recovery, and the region’s ability to lead a new economy underpinned by inclusive, sustainable development.

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“The Great Lakes are a vital economic and natural resource for our entire nation, and I’m thrilled to host the 2020 Great Lakes Economic Forum in Illinois this coming June. The collaboration among the private and public sectors, leading education institutions and non-profit organizations will foster forward-thinking solutions to create jobs, build prosperity and secure a sustainable future for all of us. I’m excited to see this forum bring big ideas forward to spur economic growth in our region and preserve the largest body of freshwater on our planet.” – JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois

“The Great Lakes are an economic engine and indispensable resource to the City of Chicago —and the entire region. Leaders of all levels of government share a responsibility to protect the Great Lakes from environmental dangers and promote the recreation and sustainable growth that they generate for thousands of cities and towns.”- Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago

“The Great Lakes region is an economic engine of North America – and a key political battleground in the 2020 election year. We are thrilled to include leading POLITICO journalists from Illinois, Canada, and Washington, DC, in shaping GLEF20’s important discussions about building a shared future that is both prosperous and sustainable.” – Luiza Savage, Executive Director, Cross-Platform Content, POLITICO

“The Council of the Great Lakes Region is honored to be partnering with Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot to host GLEF2020, five years after the event’s launch in Chicago, Illinois, and to be working with them to create a new decade of collaboration that will position the binational Great Lakes economic region as the most prosperous, innovative, sustainable, livable, and welcoming region in the world.” – Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region

About the Council of the Great Lakes Region

Established in 2013, the Council is a binational, member-driven, non-profit corporation that is dedicated to deepening the United States-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes economic region. It focuses on creating a stronger, more dynamic culture of collaboration in harnessing the region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes watershed for future generations. It achieves this by connecting regional leaders through the Forum and sector dialogs, exploring key trends shaping the region and proposing solutions and strategies that move the region forward, and acting as a strong voice for the region’s varied socioeconomic and environmental interests.

For More Information

Mark Fisher
President and CEO
Council of the Great Lakes Region