Chicago Central Area Committee

Chicago Central Area Committee CCAC is a coalition of business, institutions, and nonprofit organizations who all share an interest in supporting strategic planning for downtown Chicago.

The Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC) is a diverse coalition of leading business, institutions, and nonprofit organizations who all share an interest in supporting strategic planning and development activities that strengthen our city’s competitive edge and enhance its urban quality of life. Since 1956, the CCAC has been an influential force in decisions that affect the future of Chicago. We have a nearly six-decade history of influencing strategic planning choices in Chicago and facilitating the discussion on challenging issues that affect the nation’s third-largest city. Since our founding in 1956, CCAC members have worked in partnership with the City of Chicago on every major comprehensive plan that has focused on the development of downtown Chicago, including most recently the 2009 Central Area Action Plan. Since 2013, in an effort to supplement the City of Chicago’s planning capacity, we have been engaged in an ongoing series of major initiatives based upon the chapter-by-chapter recommendations of the Central Area Action Plan aimed at identifying projects of merit and developing consensus to move them forward, including: The Illinois Medical District Planning Charrette (November 2013): CCAC members held a planning charrette focusing on the Illinois Medical District (IMD) on Chicago’s Near West Side that resulted in recommendations for improvements to the IMD that were subsequently adopted by the Illinois Medical District Commission. Learn more The Gary/Chicago International Airport Charrette (June 2014): In response to a special invitation from Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, leaders organized by CCAC and the Alliance for Regional Development participated in a special planning charrette focusing on the Gary/Chicago International Airport and undeveloped land in the surrounding area. Learn more The Central Area Transportation Workshop (July 2014): Our invitation-only Central Area Transportation Workshop was a phenomenal success. Bringing together major transportation agencies, citywide nonprofits, and key developers to discuss ways to improve access to downtown, the workshop led to the launch of a major stakeholder steering committee to examine the potential for a Central Area Connector transit system to link together Navy Pier, the West Loop, and Museum Campus. Learn more The Cook County Hospital Building Charrette (October 2014): CCAC members were also invited to participate in the Cook County Hospital Building Charrette. We more than adequately responded to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s request for ideas to re-develop the old Cook County Hospital building and adjacent land in the Illinois Medical District with a submission uniquely both infused with blue-sky ambitions and informed by the realities of the marketplace. Learn more As we continue to broaden our membership base, we recognize that the business, institutions, and organizations that call Chicago home are always changing. Diversity is our strength, and today–as in 1956–we are committed to supporting strategic and wise planning decisions that improve the Central Area for the benefit of all Chicagoans.

Mission: Support strategic planning for downtown Chicago

Operating as usual

Check out our Executive Director Kelly O'Brien's new op-ed in Crain's Chicago Business- We need a multistate approach to...
12/11/2020
We need a multistate approach to fighting COVID

Check out our Executive Director Kelly O'Brien's new op-ed in Crain's Chicago Business- We need a multistate approach to fighting COVID.

Midwestern states must create a united front to allow access to a coordinated contact tracing app that allows for multistate notifications. Four Northeastern states are already doing it.

#Chicago #Illinois #CCAC #Kellyobrien #Covid_19

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/we-need-multistate-approach-fighting-covid

Midwestern states must create a united front to allow access to a coordinated contact tracing app that allows for multistate notifications. Four Northeastern states are already doing it.

Join us for an exciting conversation with Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee and Mayor Prin...
11/19/2020

Join us for an exciting conversation with Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee and Mayor Prince of Gary, IN in our forth day of the Summit for Regional Development.

You can register for free and join here:
https://lnkd.in/eVKTV6R

#Chicago #Summitforregionaldevelopment #economicdevelopment

Very insightful discussion with @todd McLees today at the Summit for Regional Competitiveness. Here are some of the slid...
11/17/2020

Very insightful discussion with @todd McLees today at the Summit for Regional Competitiveness. Here are some of the slides he shared:

Today is an exciting day at the 7th Annual Summit for Regional Competitiveness! This morning our CEO Kelly O'Brien will ...
11/17/2020
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Today is an exciting day at the 7th Annual Summit for Regional Competitiveness! This morning our CEO Kelly O'Brien will be chatting with Fortune 500 CEO Beth Ford at 9 AM and PR icon Richard Edelman at 10 AM.

Register and tune in here:
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Formed in 1956, The Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC) has long been a driving force in shaping Chicago’s growth, equity and quality of place on behalf of our fellow citizens. CCAC is a public charitable trust legally constituted as an IRS approved not-for-profit.

11/16/2020
Personal Information - Summit on Regional Competitiveness

TODAY! We kick off the 2020 Summit on Regional Competitiveness

High Level Speakers--Free for you:
The Alliance for Regional Development, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will host the 7th Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness, A New Decade: Disruption, Driving Innovation, and Embracing Economic Change virtually, November 16th-20th, 2020.
This week-long event will include a series of panels and keynote speeches from more than 35 high-profile international, regional, and local thought leaders.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please find more information and register at https://cvent.me/mqnXzD

11/13/2020
Personal Information - Summit on Regional Competitiveness

MONDAY-FRIDAY next week:
The Alliance for Regional Development, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will host the 7th Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness, A New Decade: Disruption, Driving Innovation, and Embracing Economic Change virtually, November 16th-20th, 2020. This week-long event will include a series of panels and keynote speeches from more than 35 high-profile international, regional, and local thought leaders.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please find more information and register at https://cvent.me/mqnXzD

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 20th at 1:30pm CT. We will discuss the almost $6 million grant Purdue University...
10/15/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Creating a Cybersecurity Hub: Purdue Northwest College of Technology commitment to building a viable tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in NWI & South Chicago. After registering, you will receive a...

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 20th at 1:30pm CT. We will discuss the almost $6 million grant Purdue University Northwest recently received from the National Security Agency (NSA) for cybersecurity workforce development, and how the University is creating a research & development, training, and commercialization hub. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ItzLzv7fSXW3PuwMiPmM7w

Purdue North West (PNW) is creating a research & development, training, and commercialization hub as a major asset in the vision to catalyze a viable tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in NWI & South Chicago. The College received nearly $6 million as a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) in S...

Today!Susana Mendoza, Illinois Comptroller, will be our 10/8 webinar speaker at 1:30pm.  Interested in the fiscal pictur...
10/07/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Driving Fiscal Recovery Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Today!
Susana Mendoza, Illinois Comptroller, will be our 10/8 webinar speaker at 1:30pm. Interested in the fiscal picture for Illinois? Register now!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ofxWtnjmTwCIcPWx5wljgQ

Illinois has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic recession. During these times of fiscal crisis, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza has been an advocate for stability, comprehensive budget solutions, and transparent financial reporting. Over her tenure she....

The Affordable Care Act and the case in front of the Supreme Court will the the subject of today's 10/6 webinar at 1:30p...
10/06/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Gutting the ACA in the new Supreme Court term?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The Affordable Care Act and the case in front of the Supreme Court will the the subject of today's 10/6 webinar at 1:30pm. Learn the facts about the case and get your questions answered! Register now:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DFa00S62QCCdNY8KUNRjfw

Mark Rust will discuss the issues the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term, the impact of a new justice on the case, and why “gutting the ACA” is highly unlikely – under this or any Court.

Are you interested in hearing the truth about the Affordable Care Act and what to expect with the Supreme Court? We have...
10/05/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Gutting the ACA in the new Supreme Court term?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Are you interested in hearing the truth about the Affordable Care Act and what to expect with the Supreme Court? We have an expert, Mark Rust, on our 10/6 webinar at 1:30pm ready to answer your questions...Register now:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DFa00S62QCCdNY8KUNRjfw

Mark Rust will discuss the issues the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term, the impact of a new justice on the case, and why “gutting the ACA” is highly unlikely – under this or any Court.

Today, 9/30 at 2:30pm webinar:Broken Connections: How Amtrak’s Long-Distance Service Cutbacks Will Strand Rural AmericaU...
09/30/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Broken Connections: How Amtrak’s Long-Distance Service Cutbacks Will Strand Rural America. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Today, 9/30 at 2:30pm webinar:
Broken Connections: How Amtrak’s Long-Distance Service Cutbacks Will Strand Rural America
Unless Congress provides necessary additional funding by Sept. 30, on Oct. 1, Amtrak will cut service on almost all of its long-distance routes from daily to three days per week until ridership recovers sufficiently – as measured by its internal metrics and COVID-19-related developments – enough to restore service. This move will strand thousands of riders in hundreds of communities, many of whom have no other transportation services available, and have a huge direct impact on our states’ economies. Hear more about the potential impact of these cuts, and how you can help, from two officers of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC). Please Register Now:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zDarC1dkT5ONxkCMPaUnFw

Unless Congress provides necessary additional funding by Sept. 30, on Oct. 1, Amtrak will cut service on almost all of its long-distance routes from daily to three days per week until ridership recovers sufficiently – as measured by its internal metrics and COVID-19-related developments – enough...

Today 9/29 at 1:30pm hear from the Chicago Loop Alliance CEO about the "State of Downtown."  Register now:https://us02we...
09/29/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The State of the Chicago Loop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Today 9/29 at 1:30pm hear from the Chicago Loop Alliance CEO about the "State of Downtown." Register now:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M2KX1P2kSBKC2ts1U5CRMQ

The combination of COVID-19, the resulting economic crisis, and increased social unrest have presented real challenges for the Chicago Loop. Personal health concerns, massive job losses, and the fear of violence have dramatically impacted how the Loop operates today and has clouded its future. Learn...

Looking forward to my conversation 9/29 at 1:30pm CT with the Chicago Loop Alliance! Register today to hear about what's...
09/28/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The State of the Chicago Loop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Looking forward to my conversation 9/29 at 1:30pm CT with the Chicago Loop Alliance! Register today to hear about what's open downtown and plans for Chicago's recovery.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M2KX1P2kSBKC2ts1U5CRMQ

The combination of COVID-19, the resulting economic crisis, and increased social unrest have presented real challenges for the Chicago Loop. Personal health concerns, massive job losses, and the fear of violence have dramatically impacted how the Loop operates today and has clouded its future. Learn...

Join me today 9/24 at 1:30pm CT and meet One Region's new leader!https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f-ecM_jTSuS...
09/24/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Midwest Renaissance & One Region’s New Opera-Singing Chief Executive. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join me today 9/24 at 1:30pm CT and meet One Region's new leader!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f-ecM_jTSuS68dC4d_pDVA

In the midst of a period of dramatic upheaval, unrest, and extraordinary hardship, seeds are beginning to sprout that may grow into the dynamic renewal of areas left behind in previous economic expansions. Meet Matt Wells, the new interim CEO of One Region, as he shares how his personal story as an....

Are you a business owner or an entrepreneur? Today's 9/17 webinar will provide insights into KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS IN BU...
09/17/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Pandemic Survival and Recovery for Business Owners. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Are you a business owner or an entrepreneur? Today's 9/17 webinar will provide insights into KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS IN BUSSINESS! Register now and join us at 1:30pm CT

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OALBJuXGQHadwd606DRNSA

Business owners will discover resources to help their business survive the pandemic and build a toolbox for a successful recovery. These experts will share how SBA programs and services can assist business owners in finding the right track through economic challenges. Attendees will learn: -How to c...

Are you interested in learning about Chicago and Cook County's Community-Based Covid-19 Contact Corp (created as a resul...
09/14/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Assisting Job Seekers, Employers and Helping to Stem the Transmission of Covid-19. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Are you interested in learning about Chicago and Cook County's Community-Based Covid-19 Contact Corp (created as a result of a $56 million grant)? Are you interested in learning about resources for employers and job seekers? If the answer is YES, register for the Tuesday, 9/15 webinar with Karin Norington-Reaves at 1:30pm CT

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_88kP4vD0QA2ShqvdOklf4A

Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership), will share information about how the organization is helping job seekers to find employment and businesses to find and retain employees during these unprecedented times. This webinar will discuss workforce de...

09/11/2020
Please join me TODAY 8/13 at 1:30pm.  Our guest leads economic development for Michigan City, IN (great outlet shopping)...
08/13/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BR&E during the COVID19 Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Please join me TODAY 8/13 at 1:30pm. Our guest leads economic development for Michigan City, IN (great outlet shopping) and will be discussing Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) during these challenging times.
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5gbEiXD-R5eDwOYaBnX_sQ

The COVID-19 pandemic shook up the world in ways we never expected. A powerful demonstration of this sentiment comes from the combined efforts of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce (MCCoC) to provide support and resources to the busin...

Please register for the Thursday 8/13 webinar at 1:30pm.  Our guest leads economic development for Michigan City, IN and...
08/10/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: BR&E during the COVID19 Pandemic. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Please register for the Thursday 8/13 webinar at 1:30pm. Our guest leads economic development for Michigan City, IN and will be discussing Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) during these challenging times.


https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5gbEiXD-R5eDwOYaBnX_sQ

The COVID-19 pandemic shook up the world in ways we never expected. A powerful demonstration of this sentiment comes from the combined efforts of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce (MCCoC) to provide support and resources to the busin...

TODAY 7/30 at 1pm CT, the Illinois Deputy Governor for Education, Jesse Ruiz will be speaking on my webinar.  If you hav...
07/30/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Illinois’ Approach To Protecting the Health and Safety of Students, Faculty, and Staff, while Providing a High-Quality Education: A Conversation with Deputy Governor Ruiz. After registering, you will...

TODAY 7/30 at 1pm CT, the Illinois Deputy Governor for Education, Jesse Ruiz will be speaking on my webinar.
If you have school age children, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from him and get your questions answered.
Please register now at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kWfAC2JrTNCtjGoQZ9mHRA

Jesse Ruiz, Deputy Governor of Illinois for Education, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, July 30th at 1:00pm CT. He will discuss Illinois' approach to reopening schools in the fall while protecting the health and safety of students faculty and staff. Please register below.

TODAY 7/30 at 1pm CT, the Illinois Deputy Governor for Education, Jesse Ruiz will be speaking on my webinar.  If you hav...
07/29/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Illinois’ Approach To Protecting the Health and Safety of Students, Faculty, and Staff, while Providing a High-Quality Education: A Conversation with Deputy Governor Ruiz. After registering, you will...

TODAY 7/30 at 1pm CT, the Illinois Deputy Governor for Education, Jesse Ruiz will be speaking on my webinar.

If you have school age children, you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear from him and get your questions answered.

Please register now at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kWfAC2JrTNCtjGoQZ9mHRA

Jesse Ruiz, Deputy Governor of Illinois for Education, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, July 30th at 1:00pm CT. He will discuss Illinois' approach to reopening schools in the fall while protecting the health and safety of students faculty and staff. Please register below.

The Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce and the President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee will be our guest speakers tomo...
07/27/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Wisconsin: A State and Local Update on Responding to The Business Community Impacted by COVID-19. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce and the President of the Greater Milwaukee Committee will be our guest speakers tomorrow 7/28 at 1:30pm CT.

Hear how Wisconsin is assisting its businesses responding to C19 and the economic downturn.

Register at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IzKy4gonTW6T4EFokH-TNw

Melissa Hughes, Secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee President, will be the featured speakers Thursday 7/28 at 1:30pm CT. They will discuss responding to the Wisconsin business community impacted by COVID-19. Please regist...

1:30pm TODAY 7/23..register now to hear Lou Raizin, Founder and President of Broadway In Chicago.https://us02web.zoom.us...
07/23/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Chicago Open? - Not Without Culture. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

1:30pm TODAY 7/23..register now to hear
Lou Raizin, Founder and President of Broadway In Chicago.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tm7wDVJWSua4GyEj-uYFVg

Lou Raizin, President of Broadway In Chicago, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, July 23rd at 1:30pm CT. He will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the theater and cultural scene in Chicago. Please register below.

Thursday at 1:30pm CT...register today Chicago is known for its cultural arts scene...hear from Lou Raizin, President of...
07/21/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Chicago Open? - Not Without Culture. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Thursday at 1:30pm CT...register today

Chicago is known for its cultural arts scene...hear from Lou Raizin, President of Broadway In Chicago about what is happening and what you can do to preserve this important economic driver and asset!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tm7wDVJWSua4GyEj-uYFVg

Lou Raizin, President of Broadway In Chicago, will be the featured speaker on Thursday, July 23rd at 1:30pm CT. He will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the theater and cultural scene in Chicago. Please register below.

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