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MayorDaleyMayor Daley meets with Civic Consulting partners
On July 22, Mayor Daley recognized a group of Civic Consulting partners for their contributions to Chicago, and discussed with the group opportunities and challenges facing our city. The conversation was wide-ranging and reflected the high degree of esteem Mayor Daley has developed for our partners and everyone's work.
Participants included:
  • Darren Brehm, McKinsey - Chicago Police Department efficiency project
  • Gillian Darlow, Civic Consulting Alliance - multiple projects
  • Gregory Faron, Deloitte - Chicago Police Department efficiency project
  • Marc Fredman, Boston Consulting Group - After School Matters strategic growth project
  • Nneka Rimmer, Boston Consulting Group - After School Matters strategic growth project
Congratulations to this group, and to all our partners who are working every day to improve the quality of life in Chicago.
Chicago Green Office Challenge Prepares for Round 2
In 2007, Bain & Company developed the Green Business Strategy to engage businesses in the adoption of green practices. As part of this strategy and the Chicago Climate Action Plan, ICLEI (an international association of governments and organizations that have committed to sustainable development) and the City launched the Chicago Green Office Challenge. The Challenge is a friendly competition for commercial property managers and office tenants located in the central business district.
In Round 1 of the Challenge, participants collectively reduced energy use by 72,000,000 kilowatt-hours, an average of 7.9%, saving a total of $5.1 million. Round 1 participants included Civic Consulting partners U.S. Equities and Bain & Company.
The Chicago Green Office Challenge is now accepting registrations for Round 2, scheduled to begin in September 2010. Register here or email for more information.GreenOffice
CCTChicago's Career and Technical Education Garners National, International Coverage
Since 2006, Civic Consulting and our partners have played key roles in promoting and transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Chicago. 
Chicago's efforts on the CTE re-vamp, announced in January by Mayor Daley, were highlighted in a recent article in The Economist, "America's Misplaced Disdain for Vocational Education."
Crain's reported on the opening of Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, which was launched with support from Deloitte as part of Civic Consulting's work on Chicago LEADS.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft , recently visited the Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT). At the event, Ballmer said, "The more I learn about this school, the more phenomenal I think it is." CAAT has received strong support from Microsoft through the efforts of Civic Consulting Partner's Council member Shelley Stern.
Finally, Civic Consulting and Booz & Co. recently launched a new project in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Workforce Investment Council (CWIC) to (a) identify career pathways for the over 60,000 youth who have dropped out of high school; and (b) get them back on track to graduation. This project builds on the work Booz & Co. performed in 2006 which launched our efforts with CPS to re-invent CTE. Since that initial work in 2006, a dozen different partners have supported this long-term transformation:
  • A.T. Kearney
  • Bain & Company
  • Booz & Company
  • Deloitte
  • Edelman
  • Leo Burnett
  • Mayer Brown
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Pepper Construction
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Zorch International
MayerBrownMayer Brown wins award for most innovative pro bono work
On July 14, the Chicago team from Mayer Brown was recognized as the firm's Most Innovative Pro Bono Matter of the Year through its work with Civic Consulting.  At its annual, firm-wide pro bono award event, our local colleagues from Mayer Brown received the following recognition:

"Our Final Award Category is also a new category for this year: the Most Innovative Pro Bono Matter of the Year. This award recognizes efforts made to find new ways for our firm to help those in need. It honors the kind of innovative thinking that we pride ourselves on here at Mayer Brown.

The winner of this award is the team involved in working with the Civic Consulting Alliance.

The Civic Consulting Alliance is a not-for-profit partnership. It builds teams of public leaders and private experts to figure out workable and enduring ways to make Chicago more livable, affordable and globally competitive.

Mayer Brown has provided legal assistance in partnership with the Civic Consulting Alliance on several major projects meant to address some of the most significant policy challenges facing Chicago-area local governments. These projects include:
  • Chicago Career Tech. A program designed to provide unemployed workers with high-quality technology training needed to re-enter the workforce in skilled positions;
  • Recovery Partnership. A collaboration between the City of Chicago and more than 40 local foundations to develop and support best practices by the public and not-for-profit sectors in accessing and implementing initiatives established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and
  • The Chicago Workforce Investment Council, which establishes the framework for bringing together the City's private and public leaders to oversee, implement and establish priorities for Chicago's workforce training and development efforts."
Congratulations to our colleagues from Mayer Brown, and to all of our partners, who bring the spirit of collaboration and innovation reflected above to Chicago every day.
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5th Thursday Tonight (7/29)
5:00 - 7:00pm
Berghoff Cafe,
    17 W. Adams
 by for a drink, a nibble, some chat and fun!
See Carbon Nation
Carbon Nation - Chicago Premiere 8/10
Festivities 7:00pm
Premiere 8:00pm
Jay Pritzker Pavillion
    in Millennium Park
Admission is free.
"Carbon Nation," a documentary film about practical solutions to climate change, will premiere in Chicago. Before the premiere, enjoy live entertainment. Find out more here.
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