Feb 27

Past Event

A Conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Event Materials



  • Rahm Emanuel: In a City, You can See Economic and Social Change Happen

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: There are 100 cities around the world that drive the world economy—economic, intellectual and cultural. Chicago is one of those cities. That’s why I wanted to go back to the city.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Chicago the 23rd Largest Economy in World

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: No one sector of Chicago’s economy is more than 13 percent of our employment. It’s the most diversified of any other major economy. The metro area is the 23rd largest in the world.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Investing in Children not Left, Right or Center Issue

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: I don’t consider investing in universal pre-K, or transportation or other activities as left, right or center. I consider it a great economic strategy. I think these are categories so that people can easily try to identify you.

  • Rahm Emanuel: 5 Things the City Can Do To Make a Difference for Chicago

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: My biggest challenge as mayor is can I make the city still affordable and livable for middle class families, and there are five things that we can do that the private sector cannot to make a difference: education, parks, libraries, transportation and safety.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Invest in Good Kids

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago: Isaiah Thomas and I ran 12 basketball courts, and I went there on a Friday night. I sat down with this one kid, Martell, and he was so engaging. I gave him a ride home. He said, “Mr. Mayor, have a blessed evening.” These are good kids. Invest in them.


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Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership, Chicago has continued its rise as a city known for policy innovation and action. On Thursday, February 27, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a conversation with Mayor Emanuel.

The mayor talked about a broad range of issues, including Chicago’s newly announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Lab and strategies to improve neighborhood schools, reduce youth violence, and rebuild infrastructure. Each of these investments brings together neighborhood anchor institutions, the private sector, and government partners to invest in the city’s research capabilities, workforce development initiatives, education institutions, and job creation efforts.

Amy Liu, co-director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, opened the program and introduced the mayor. The conversation was moderated by The New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #ChicagoMayor.

Event Agenda


February 27, 2014

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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