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Economic Development Symposium Featuring John W. Rogers, Jr and Valerie Jarrett to Address Multi-Millions of Dollars at Stake for Chicago’s Southeast Lakefront Region

The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) will host the inaugural regional economic development symposium focused on strengthening the business districts in Chicago’s Southeast lakefront neighborhoods. Facing major capital investments, commercial corridor redevelopment and significant gentrification within the next three years, the SECC Symposium on Saturday, October 12, 2019 will begin a needed discourse about business development.

Chicago, IL, October 03, 2019 --( The Symposium is a highly-interactive opportunity for business networking, learning exchanges, and strategic collaboration. Attendees will benefit from a wide spectrum of perspectives including insights presented by the City of Chicago, Institute for Justice on Entrepreneurship, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, and Together Chicago.

The SECC Symposium will convene more than 12 guest speakers to engage the audience of entrepreneurs, business executives, property owners, investors, financial institutions, policy leaders and business development practitioners as a diverse, cross-sector community committed to economic vitality.

The Keynote Conversation features John W. Rogers, Jr., President and CEO of Ariel Investments, and Valerie Jarrett, author and former senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. Rogers and Jarrett will introduce the theme “Fueling Our Economic Evolution” with a focus on capital investments and economic vitality.

The Deep Dive will feature Derrick Collins, Dean of the College of Business, Chicago State University. Collins will reveal essential insights and secrets to growth capital for small businesses and how investors and financial institutions can align with businesses seeking capital.

What: 2019 SECC Symposium: Fueling Our Economic Evolution
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Where: The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, Keller Center
Who: South East Chicago Commission

Tickets are available now. All attendees must pre-register online due to limited seating and security.

The 2019 SECC Symposium is sponsored by World Business Chicago, CEI Media Group, Gensler, Groupon, Civility Beverage Group, Ariel Investments, Charity & Associates, CIBC Bank, Moon Meals, Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Shall We Wine, Business Affairs Consumer Protection, Benefit Chicago, Downtown Hyde Park Chicago, and The University of Chicago Harris Public Policy. SECC’s major operational funders include the MacArthur Foundation, Bank of America, City of Chicago, PNC Bank and The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.

About South East Chicago Commission (SECC)
SECC facilitates and supports economic development within Chicago’s Southeast lakefront communities including Kenwood, Hyde Park, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn. Heavily focused on civic leadership, SECC fosters collaboration and coordination among businesses, organizations and institutions to promote job creation, community investment and economic vitality.

For media inquiries or media passes, please contact:
PJ McGuire, Director, CEI Media Group | | phone: 872-244-8025
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PJ McGuire

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