"We are thrilled this year to have UCLG bring their international perspective on local government to these important topics. By coming together, sharing innovative ideas and unleashing our entrepreneurial spirit and imagination, cities can help lead our nations to a healthy economic recovery. During good economic times and bad, cities have always been on the front line of innovative thinking. Now, because of the worldwide economic recession, cities are reinventing themselves and their economies with new ideas to help create jobs for both now and in the future. This Forum allows municipal leaders to share best practices and generate new ideas," concluded Daley.
The Daley Forum at UIC has become a prominent annual international symposium about the future of cities. As a result of the Forum and ongoing efforts by Mayor Daley, Chicago has become a key gathering place for leaders to discuss challenges affecting urban areas across the world.
"UIC has a commitment to improving the quality of urban areas around the world, and we are proud to once again host this important Forum," said Dr. Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor of UIC. "As Chicago's only public research university, it is UIC's role to serve as a forum for candid and rigorous debate and the exchange of ideas about important public issues, including globalization and urbanization."
The event kicked off with a procession of more than 100 international municipal leaders and was followed by a video tribute to Mayor Richard J. Daley and Senator Ted Kennedy, who delivered the keynote address at the Daley Forum's inaugural gala in 2005.
The Forum included a presentation by Carol
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