In 1996, The Commercial Club of Chicago—a membership organization of leading area business and civic leaders—undertook the Metropolis Project, an effort to ensure the preeminence of the Chicago Metropolitan Region in the 21st century.
Metropolis Strategies proudly provided staff support for this effort, involving hundreds of projects and thousands of people, demonstrated that we care about our future and take inspiration from our past.
Metropolis CEO, George Ranney Speaks to Rockford Chamber of Commerce
In August 2013, George Ranney was invited by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce to talk about the history of Metropolis Strategies and lessons that business and civic leaders in Rockford might take to strengthen their region. The Chamber graciously taped the talk and provided the video, which you can view by clicking here or on the image below.
The Next Century Conservation Plan
A century ago, progressive civic leaders contributed immeasurably to the success of Chicago when they established the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to preserve, protect and restore the natural landscapes surrounding the City. Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has asked Metropolis and Openlands to provide strategic direction and leadership to a diverse Next Century Conservation Plan Commission to capture the spirit of these bold early leaders, and develop a plan that will set direction for the Preserve as it enters its second century.
Since it was established in 1913 for “the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public,” the Preserve has grown to 68,000 acres of unparalleled urban wilderness. It now faces challenges its founders could not have anticipated, and in the coming century, it will encounter others we have yet to imagine. The Commission will present the Next Century Conservation Plan will to President Preckwinkle in December 2013.
Learn more about the Next Century Conservation Plan here.
Mistakes Kids Make
As a component of its work in the area of Justice and Violence, Metropolis Strategies has worked to reduce the exposure of juveniles to violence and to redirect, youths to services and resources that will make reduce the likelihood of their further involvement in the criminal justice system.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has established a campaign called "mistakes kids make" providing resources to kids, families and communities to help them understand the importance of providing alternatives to incarceration for our youth.
Please visit the "mistakes kids make" website at http://mistakeskidsmake.org to learn more (or click the logo below).
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