The Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs is a coordinated effort to assess Chicago's economy and help it expand at a faster rate. It provides a set of goals, a framework for research and analysis, and strategies for which actionable initiatives are being developed.

Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs Fellowship Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the next class of Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs fellows.

This prestigious Fellowship Program is an invaluable opportunity for both participants and their sponsor organizations. Sponsor organizations will have the opportunity to contribute pro bono support to our region’s economic growth in a publicly-recognized and structured way. Fellows are currently hard at work on initiatives within their assigned strategies, with a collective goal of moving the needle on GRP and jobs.


“One of Chicago’s biggest strengths is its talented workforce. This new Fellowship Program allows us to tap some of the best and the brightest minds – and engage our city’s future leaders. The fellows will help shape Chicago’s economic development by implementing the Plan’s key economic growth initiatives, which are essential for the City to compete in the global economy.”

- Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Fellows develop professional leadership skills, build relationships with a vast network of civic and corporate leadership in Chicago who are looking to shape the future of the city and the region, and make a direct impact in our community. Fellows are loaned pro bono from their current employers for a 4-6 month period beginning approximately in January, May or September.

The application deadline for our next wave of fellows is April 17, 2015. The next wave begins on May 14, 2015.

For more information about the Fellowship Program, please contact Carolyn Kae Phillips, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at

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"This is a great opportunity for corporations and their young rising stars to contribute to the growth and vitality of the city. This program will help develop the next generation of civic minded leaders, connecting talented individuals to one another and to the most important economic development efforts taking place."

-Michael Sacks, Vice Chairman, World Business Chicago