Thursday, February 15, 2024 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Chicago at a Crossroads: How Energy Powers Economic Development

Get ready for a timely and critical conversation at the Chamber’s next installment of Chicago at a Crossroads on February 15 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., hosted at the prestigious University Club.

Join us as Gil Quiniones, CEO of ComEd and John Atkinson, Chair of Intersect Illinois and Managing Director of Marsh Chicago, take the stage for a compelling discussion moderated by Jack Lavin, President & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. From the national push to revitalize and reshore manufacturing industries through federal laws, like the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPs Act, to the rapid growth of industries with significant power needs, like data centers and artificial intelligence, to historic pieces of legislation, like the Illinois Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), it’s clear that the transition toward electrification will require more power, sustained investments in our energy infrastructure, and strong utility coordination.

Together, Gil, John, and Jack will discuss the significant role energy will play in economic development in the coming years across Chicagoland and Illinois. They will consider which public policies and infrastructure investments would achieve the most profound impact. This discussion comes at a timely juncture as long-term public and private investment decisions are being made right now while we work to attract high-growth industries, develop the workforce to support new technologies and industries, and turbocharge renewable generation.

Explore the potential for job creation and economic opportunities, and gain insights into navigating the evolving role energy will play in our economic landscape. Don’t miss your chance to learn more about how we can work to harness the transition to a cleaner future to drive investment and growth in our communities.

Breakfast is included.

Gil Quiniones

CEO | ComEd

John Atkinson

Chairman | Intersect Illinois


Jack Lavin

President & CEO | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Old National Bank, Chicago at a Crossroads is a dynamic executive forum that features insights about major policy decisions and topics that are of the utmost importance for a strong and equitable Chicago economy. Join the Chamber as we explore some of most pressing issues facing our city and offer actionable policy recommendations to grow the economy and improve the quality of life for every member of the Chicagoland community.

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University Club Chicago
76 E Monroe St,
Chicago, IL, 60611