Upcoming Events

Workforce Challenges During Chicago’s Recovery

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

How can government, philanthropy, education, and the private sector work together to make workplaces safe under pandemic conditions and get displaced workers back to work? What strategies can be built into such efforts to improve the long-run job prospects for racially diverse and economically disadvantaged workers? Chicago leaders from business, labor, education, and workforce development organizations will discuss these questions.

August 10, 2020

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The Role of Urban Planning, Architecture, and Transportation in Chicago’s Future

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

Chicago, like most major cities, has seen uneven economic development over the last two decades. Growth in and near downtown has been pronounced, while neighborhoods on the South Side and West Side have seen disinvestment and population loss. Experts will examine the roles of urban planning, architecture, and transportation in Chicago’s growth, how the physical features of the city may adapt to the pandemic, and how the city’s infrastructure and built environment can support inclusive economic growth.

August 17, 2020

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Rebuilding for Resilience: How Will Iowa Thrive After the Pandemic?

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a new initiative from the Chicago Fed that aims to foster discussion around the challenges and opportunities confronting hometowns in the Seventh District.

What will the recovery from the pandemic look like for Iowa, and what role will different sectors play? The state faces many challenges, especially given its urban and rural economies and the importance of its farms and businesses to the nation’s supply chain. Government, industrial, and nonprofit leaders will consider the challenges Iowa has faced during the pandemic, as well as the roles that government, philanthropy, education, and the business sector can play to ensure a recovery in which all Iowans can thrive.

August 18, 2020

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Career Pathways in Economics for Students from Diverse Backgrounds

The goal of the event is to provide college students, in particular black college students, with an opportunity to learn more about careers in economics and related fields. The program includes workshops on programming and data analysis, a career fair, and a networking reception.

September 18, 2020

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Creating Conversations on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Rural Economic Development

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Upjohn Institute, Economic Development Quarterly, and Citizens Research Council of Michigan are co-sponsoring a conference on issues related to and concerning rural economic development. Our primary goal with the conference is to create conversations between academic researchers and practitioners that allows each group to learn more about a particular issue and advance research and practice in the process. Experts from the academic and practitioner pools will share their knowledge on what can best promote economic expansion in rural areas. The conference will also offer a bus trip to a rural community to hear how local officials are leveraging community assets and how the local talent pipeline is utilized. Special keynote presentations will take place as well.

Note: After careful consideration of the growing public health concerns associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the organizing sponsors of the Creating Conversations on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Rural Economic Development, scheduled May 20-21, in Grand Rapids, Michigan have made the decision to postpone the conference.

The Federal Reserve, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the Michigan Citizens Research Council jointly made this decision out of an abundance of caution to help safeguard the health and well-being of conference participants.

March 19, 2020 Update: The planning committee is happy to announce that May 19 & 20, 2021 has been confirmed as our new conference date. With the ongoing changes to our rural economic outlook, agenda items may change over the next twelve months. Please check back for additional updates.

May 19-20, 2021

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