Clean and Green City Summit

The Clean and Green City Summit was an interesting event. Looking back on it, I’m not quite sure what it accomplished — other than the obvious networking potential. It started off a little odd, with a clown group trying to poke fun at the whole effort, with only occassional success. The Mayor gave a decent speech, supervisors gave awards to worthies in the community. I attended workshops on Community Benefit Districts, and one on how to keep plazas attractive. The former was more practical, with two community leaders sharing there own experiences of starting a CBD (and the many challenges that lie therein). The most inspirational thing from the whole day, was the presenter representing Mayor Daly’s office and showing off what the city of Chicago has done and is planning to do. As one member of our city government exclaimed, “we have a lot of work to do!”

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