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Mayor’s Summit in Chicago to Fete One of Its Own

April 26, 2011

Chicago is the place to be this week if you are a mayor, especially Mayor Richard M. Daley.

More than 50 city heads will converge on the Chicago Hilton from April 27 to 29 for a National Mayors Summit on City Design.

The purpose of the event is threefold:

1. To examine the power of arts and design to transform cities.

2. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mayors Institute on City Design (MICD) program, a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF).

Mayor Daley

Mayor Daley

3. To honor Chicago’s longest-serving mayor as he gets ready to leave office.

For 25 years, MICD has helped mayors learn how smart design can help to holistically solve problems in communities to create livable cities. Through MICD, mayors learn to use smart design to identify ways to creatively reduce costs through innovation in areas such as public transit, downtown development infrastructure and sustainability.

The summit will bring the mayors together with design and development experts to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well.

The host city is certainly one that works well, so it should come as no surprise that the highlight of the event will be on the last day when the design legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is honored.

Mayor Daley — described by USCM’s CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran as a “Mayor’s Mayor” — will be presented with the first-ever Joseph P. Riley Award for Leadership in Urban Design.

President Barack Obama and a number of his Administration officials have been invited to Mayor Daley’s send-off. Not sure the President himself will make it, but there will certainly be enough hoopla with or without him.

Congratulations, Mayor Daley!

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