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

The Council of the Great Lakes Region welcomes Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to serve as the honorary chairs and co-hosts of the next Great Lakes Economic Forum (GLEF). Originally scheduled to take place in Chicago from June 16-18, 2020, the conference was postponed due to the global pandemic and will be rescheduled when appropriate and safe to do so.

POLITICO, the most robust global newsroom specializing in politics and policy, intends to serve again as the exclusive media partner for the in-person event, which will help promote the event across its digital platforms and amplify the conversations at the conference to influential audiences in the U.S, Canada, and the binational Great Lakes economic region.

Launched in Chicago in 2015, the ordinarily-annual event has 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 the 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. It has also served to inform a series of virtual events, beginning in June 2020.

Great Lakes Leaders support this cross-sector, collaborative approach:

“The Great Lakes are a vital economic and natural resource for our entire nation, and I’m thrilled to host the next Great Lakes Economic Forum in Illinois. 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. We are thrilled to include leading POLITICO journalists from Illinois, Canada, and Washington, DC, in shaping the Forum’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 the next Great Lakes Economic Forum,  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

For More Information
To attend, sponsor, or cover the next Great Lakes Economic Forum, contact:

Mark Fisher
President and CEO
Council of the Great Lakes Region

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