Global Chicago Publications
Feeding an Urban World: A Call to Action
Foreign Direct Investment: Globalizing Chicago’s Economic Development Plans
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs published Foreign Direct Investment: Globalizing Chicago's Economic Development Plans on September 10, 2012. The report builds on the economic development framework laid out in World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. It highlights Chicago’s strengths and competitive advantages, analyzes the strategies of leading global cities, and offers specific, actionable recommendations that the region can take to improve its performance in increasing investment from foreign companies
ELP Ventures:Supporting Innovation in Public Education for Chicago’s Global Future
"ELP Ventures: Supporting Innovation in Public Education for Chicago’s Global Future," published in June 2012, is the third report in the Emerging Leaders Perspectives series. The report by The Chicago Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2010 calls for the establishment of a venture philanthropy fund to increase the global competitiveness of Chicago’s students. The fund would support innovative projects focused on critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills and global competence that can be scaled up to work across broad areas of the Chicago Public School system
2012 Global Cities Index
New York and London remain the world’s most global cities, while major emerging-market cities strengthened their ability to challenge global leaders in the next 10 to 20 years, according to the 2012 Global Cities Index developed by A.T. Kearney and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The Global Cities Index, conducted every two years since 2008, provides a unique measure of global engagement for 66 cities across five dimensions – Business Activity, Human Capital, Information Exchange, Cultural Experience, and Political Engagement.
Moving Forward: The Immigration Debate and Chicago’s Experience
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' second Emerging Leaders Report, Moving Forward: The Immigration Debate and Chicago’s Experience, is a volume of seven essays by its 2009 Class of Emerging Leaders. The report identifies the leading dimensions that makes the immigration debate so challenging to resolve and provides a framework for understanding this important policy issue.
Capturing Chicago’s Global Opportunity
Capturing Chicago's Global Opportunity argues that today's most successful cities are global cities, and that the next mayor and his or her administration will be judged in part on the success or failure in keeping Chicago in the top tier of global cities. This memorandum has been endorsed by an independent group of twenty-nine civic, academic, and business leaders convened by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
No Free Money: Is the Privatization of Infrastructure in the Public Interest?
Chicago and cities worldwide are confronting aging infrastructure, strained fiscal budgets, and the need to remain globally competitive. Policymakers are looking to the privatization of infrastructure as a new source of revenue to address these issues. According to The Chicago Council’s inaugural class of Emerging Leaders, the privatization of infrastructure can be completed in ways that benefit the government, private entities, and the general public if a more strategic framework is developed to assess what should be privatized and how.
2010 Global Cities Index
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs partnered for the second year with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Foreign Policy magazine to release a comprehensive ranking of how sixty-five cities from about forty countries are powering integration, interaction, and influence on a global scale. Five new cities were added to the Index in 2010: Barcelona, Montreal, Geneva, Houston, and Nairobi. And a new metric on censorship in the category of information exchange had a critical impact on the movement of city’s rankings. New York and London remain in the top two positions, but Tokyo bumped Paris for 3rd place and Chicago moved up from 8th to 6th. The index also revealed that of the top 10 cities, five are in the Asia-Pacific region – Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Seoul. Three—New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles—are American cities. Only two, London and Paris, are European.
2008 Global Cities Index
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs partnered with global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Foreign Policy magazine to release a comprehensive ranking of how sixty cities from forty countries are powering integration, interaction, and influence on a global scale. The inaugural Global Cities Index was published in the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy. While most other city rankings limit their focus to business or quality of life measures, the Global Cities Index incorporates business activity, human capital, information exchange, as well as two additional dimensions of what makes cities global: cultural experience and political engagement. The result is a holistic look at what differentiates cities in generating, attracting, and retaining global capital, people, and ideas. New York, London, and Paris are the world’s most global cities, according to the index, with Chicago ranked 8th. The index also revealed that top-ranking cities face strong competition from emerging cities such as Beijing, Moscow, Shanghai, and Dubai.
The Global Edge: An Agenda for Chicago's Future
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convened a study group of 40 academic, civic, and business leaders in the Chicago region to examine the city's global future. The Study Group considered a range of issues related to Chicago's economic vitality, infrastructure, sustainability, human capital, quality of life, educational system, government, institutions, and global connectivity. The Study Group was cochaired by Michael Moskow, vice chairman and senior fellow for the global economy and former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Henry Perritt, Jr., professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Adele Simmons, vice chair and senior executive of Chicago Metropolis 2020. Richard Longworth, former senior writer for the Chicago Tribune and a senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, was the Study Group's consultant and drafted the report.
A Shared Future: Economic Engagement of Chicago's Mexican Community
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convened the task force of 45 prominent Mexican and non-Mexican leaders in the Chicago region to examine the economic engagement of the Mexican community in the city and the region. The report is a comprehensive overview on the mutual responsibilities of the Mexican community and the Chicago region to ensure a prosperous shared future for all. The Task Force was cochaired by Douglas Doetsch, partner, Mayer Brown, LLP; Clare Muñana, president, Ancora Associates; and Alejandro Silva, chairman, Evans Food Group.
Keeping the Promise: Immigration Proposals from the Heartland
The report concludes that immigrants play a vital role in health and prosperity of the country, and that comprehensive reform of current U.S. immigration laws and policies are urgently needed to ensure the growth, success, and safety of U.S. society in the future.
Global Chicago: Two Reports on Chicago’s Assets and Opportunities as a Global City