Chicagoland Chamber Supports City College's Plan to Invest in Future Workers

Feb 21, 2012, 15:24 ET from Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce applauds today's announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman to invest $479 million in a five year capital plan support the Colleges to Careers initiative.

"Businesses across Chicago know the importance and value of skilled workers – especially when they have jobs that are unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants," said Jerry Roper, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "This investment in City Colleges will help ensure that our economy continues to thrive while providing career and economic opportunities for many Chicago residents."

The Chicagoland Chamber believes that a flexible education system will produce a robust workforce to meet the needs of Chicago's employment marketplace and continue the growth of Chicago as major center of commerce.

About The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1904, we are a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. With 2,600 members, representing over 1.3 million individual employees in the six-county Northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry & Will), we are the largest Chamber of Commerce in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation. Our mission is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America and to enhance our members' success through aggressive advocacy, member benefits, services, and actionable information.


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SOURCE Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce