RELEASE: Treasurer Summers Holds First Neighborhood Thought Leader Meeting

Launches New “Sister Neighborhoods” Initiative to Connect Communities Across the City

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Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers welcomed representatives from each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods at his first-ever quarterly Thought Leader meeting on Wednesday, July 22. Thought Leaders came together to discuss community updates, challenges and initiatives and receive policy updates from Treasurer Summers. During the meeting in City Council Chambers, the Treasurer also kicked-off a new “Sister Neighborhoods” initiative to connect each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods with another community from across the City. The initiative links communities with one another to encourage idea sharing, innovation and support.

“Only our neighborhoods know best when it comes to what kind of support and inspiration they need to flourish,” Treasurer Summers said. “Bringing Thought Leaders together from all over our City is an investment in each of our communities. Over the past few months, I have seen firsthand the dedication and drive Chicago residents have to make a better City for us all. The ‘Sister Neighborhoods’ initiative is a new avenue for each of our communities to share ideas, grow and support one another.”

Thought Leaders are made up of community leaders, residents, pastors and small business owners who lead Neighborhood Think Tanks – groups who were first established by Treasurer Summers during his visits last year to each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods in 77 days.

Since their establishment last year, Treasurer’s Office Neighborhood Think Tanks across Chicago have held over 230 meetings in their own communities. The Treasurer’s Office has led five calls with neighborhood Thought Leaders and their insight has been a guiding factor in the work of the Chicago City Treasurer’s Office.

The Sister Neighborhoods Initiative will give neighborhoods a chance to share ideas, mentor one another, and create a strong sense of community across Chicago. The Treasurer’s Office will work with Sister Neighborhoods to collaborate on ideas and goals to share with other communities across the City. Think Tanks will lead this initiative by working together to make sure their community and its sister neighborhood are making progress on their goals.

“The Brighton Park community is committed to strengthening our already vibrant neighborhood and the Treasurer’s Thought Leader gatherings help further our efforts,” said Sara Reschly, Brighton Park Thought Leader and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council’s Director of Community Partnerships. “From comprehensive business planning to leveraging our relationship with local institutions, working collectively and sharing best practices has been thought-provoking for our community. We are thrilled to connect with neighborhoods from across the City and our new Sister Neighborhood partnerships will only benefit Chicago.”

“As a community, we are proud and excited to be a part of the Treasurer’s Think Tank and ‘Sister Neighborhoods’ initiatives,” said Tim Frick, Ravenswood Thought Leader and Principal of Mightybytes. “Our community is looking forward to creating a relationship with Kenwood to exchange ideas and strengthen both neighborhoods.”

“As neighborhoods across Chicago look for new and creative ways of doing business and growing community, Back of the Yards is proud to partner with the Treasurer’s Office to find solutions,” said Emilio Carrasquillo, Back of the Yards Thought Leader and Neighborhood Director of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. “Connecting with neighborhoods from across the city through neighborhood Think Tanks has opened up terrific new pipelines for idea sharing. I thank the Treasurer’s office for making this initiative possible.”

For more information on neighborhood Think Tanks, please click here.

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