Mayor Goodnight to speak at Aurora University's Community Town Square event; Panel discussion to focus on "Rust Belt Revival, The Midwest and the Global Economy"

Mayor Greg Goodnight will be part of a small panel at Aurora University’s Community Town Square Event on Tuesday, March 19 in Aurora, Ill. The discussion panel is entitled “Rust Belt Revival, The Midwest and the Global Economy.”  The focus of the event is help educate Aurora University students and the greater West suburban Chicago region on the issue of the future of the Midwest in the global economy.

Organizers asked Mayor Goodnight to join the panel to speak about his experiences in Kokomo as well as share is knowledge related to the future of the Midwest including challenges and solutions to issues/patterns including human capital, immigration/diversity, infrastructure, trade, emerging sectors and leveraging innovation.

Joining Mayor Goodnight on the panel will be author Richard Longworth, a distinguished fellow on global cities at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. Longworth is the author of the book, Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism.

The format for the panel is conversational and will be facilitated by Rick Pearson of WGN Radio and the Chicago Tribune.

The Aurora University Community Town Square Series is a program of the University's Institute for Collaboration. The Institute for Collaboration is led by retired Illinois House of Representatives Minority Leader the Honorable Tom Cross who oversees the programs of the Town Square Series. 

Mayor to take part in private, invitation-only Chicago Council on Global Affairs workshop

During his time in Chicago, Mayor Goodnight will take part in a private, invitation-only workshop on the Midwest’s economic future to be held at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago on Wednesday, March 20. According to organizers, the event will “bring together regional stakeholders to identify and promote an affirmative vision for how the region and its leaders can accelerate and broaden economic success.”

Participants will include a broad range of stakeholders from the business community, academia, nonprofits, and community colleges. Council nonresident senior fellow John Austin will present his paper, “The Vital Midwest.”

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, founded in 1922, that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues.