Chicago 2016 reaches out to community groups
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 3:38 PM

Faced with criticism about a lack of true community involvement, Chicago’s Olympic planners are adding new committees to represent key interests from affordable housing to contract procurement and workforce diversity.

The Chicago 2016 Outreach Advisory Council consists of several key allies of Mayor Richard M. Daley including former CHA Chairman Terry Peterson and former Chicago Public Schools Board President Michael Scott. Neighborhood community group leaders, union leaders local chambers of commerce and the head of the Chicago Urban League are also represented on the new council.

“Our plan for the Games has been a collaborative effort since the bid’s inception with the City of Chicago and the local community, among others,” said Lori Healey, president of Chicago 2016. “We look forward to continuing our community outreach efforts to ensure the Games and its resulting legacy have a positive impact on our city and the local communities.”

Source: ABC News

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