A Conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
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.
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I think it's unusual for the chief of staff to go on a trip, particularly on a trip this long. The chief of staff is usually more of a chief operating officer in the White House itself, and normally when your principal—whether it's the president himself or the head of Cabinet agency—goes abroad, you have his deputy and those folks staying behind to help manage operations in his absence.