Thursday, June 03, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Developing Downtown: Reimagining the LaSalle Street Corridor

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services

As the pandemic brought bustling central business districts across the nation to a standstill, many experts questioned the ability of cities to recover from such a shock. Now with Illinois’ reopening efforts underway and the Governor’s announcement that the state plans to sell the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) located in the heart of the Loop, downtown Chicago is seeing a resurgence of economic opportunity and all eyes are on the LaSalle Street Corridor. Located steps from City Hall, development opportunities like this one don’t come around often and have the potential to transform our central business district.  

Hear directly from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services about their request for proposals for the JRTC. Our panel of experts will then weigh in on what a sale of this magnitude means for Chicago and the opportunities it brings to the LaSalle Street Corridor and our business community.

Janel L. Forde

Director, Illinois Department of Central Management Services

Sylvia Garcia

Acting Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Eric Myers

Executive Vice President, Transwestern

Bob Reiter

President, Chicago Federation of Labor

Andrea Zopp

Managing Director, Cleveland Avenue

Moderator: Jack Lavin

President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

About Central Management Services (CMS)

Central Management Services (CMS) is the operational engine working behind the scenes to enable the State’s more than 80 agencies, boards, and commissions to deliver efficient, reliable services to all Illinois citizens. The Agency’s mission is to support the State by delivering innovative, responsive, and effective services that provide the best value for Illinois State government and the people it serves.

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