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Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil
December 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL
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White Papers
Four white papers, drafted by academic and policy experts, will be used to inform discussions throughout the Forum, with afternoon panels specifically focused on each white paper theme.

Questions and themes the 2012 UIC Urban Forum white paper topics will explore include:
Interjurisdictional Competition and Inequities
Richard Feiock (Professor at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at FSU)
Local governments compete with each other in service delivery and tax/fee structures, yet not all local governments are endowed with the same resources. This paper examines the competition among local governments conceptually and historically, with a particular emphasis on the recent era of declining resources. Has the nature and extent of interjurisdictional competition been affected by the Great Recession?

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Economic Development in Times of Growth and Scarcity
Raphael Bostic (Former Asst. Secretary for HUD, Professor at USC’s Price School of Public Policy)
Local governments adapt to their surrounding circumstances to survive, thrive and prepare for new challenges. What coping and adapting strategies do local governments pursue? Do local governments pursue qualitatively different strategies when experiencing growth compared to scarcity? Are the strategies pursued today of a qualitatively different type than in the 1990s, or are the differences a matter of degree? What factors determine the extent and success of metropolitan governments’ coping strategies? Are local governments entertaining public-private partnerships in response to fiscal stress?

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Social Safety Nets and Quality of Life
Margaret Weir (Prof. of Sociology and Poli Sci at U of C-Berkeley, nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings)
Cities are charged with the health, safety and welfare of the people. How have cities and other local governments met their obligations to meet those needs and, in particular, how have they provided a social safety net? How have they attempted to enhance the quality of life in metropolitan areas? How is the Great Recession affecting government choices?

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Legacy Costs of Earlier Financial Decisions
Richard Nathan (former director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Gov’t at the State University of New York, Prof. at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and Assistant Director of the US Office of Management and Budget)
Unfunded pension liabilities, the increasing problem of an infrastructure deficit, and other unfunded post-employment benefits challenge local governments and regions and possibly compromise their ability to sustain economic growth and to provide an expected quality of life. How have these ‘legacy costs’ re-framed questions of governance, service delivery and funding options?

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2012 UIC Forum Speakers
Phil Ashton, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council

Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Niala Boodhoo, WBEZ

Raphael Bostic, Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California*

Forrest Claypool, President, Chicago Transit Authority

The Honorable Michael Coleman, Mayor of Columbus

Richard Feiock, Augustus B. Turnbull Professor, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, The Florida State University*

Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana (invited)

Rachel Gordon, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rebecca Hendrick, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Geoffrey Hewings, Professor, Director, Regional Economic Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Terry Mazany, President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

David Merriman, Professor and Associate Director, The Institute of Government and Public Affairs; Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Natalie Moore, WBEZ

Laurence Msall, President, The Civic Federation

Richard Nathan, Former Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, The State University of New York*

Lance Pressl, Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Work and the Economy

Julia Stasch, Vice President, U.S. Programs, MacArthur Foundation

Annette Steinacker, Associate Professor and Director, Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program, Department of Political Science, Loyola University

Nik Theodore, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rachel Weber, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Associate Director for Research and Program Development, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago

Margaret Weir, Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution*

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