The fellowship program will give you the unique chance to help shape Chicago’s future, while making connections that will help shape your future.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stressed that Chicago, as a global city, needs a clear set of strategies for economic growth and job creation. The Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs was devised to meet this need; the Plan’s strategies serve as “north stars” to align existing efforts, foster new initiatives, and drive growth for the city and region. WBC assembled thought leaders from the public and private sectors to shape the plan, which has the ability to greatly impact our region’s economic future. Now, we are looking to the city’s future leaders to help enact the plan’s strategies.
One project-manager-level Fellow will be dedicated full-time for 4-6 months to support one of the ten strategies. The Fellow will work directly with Strategy Leaders, and will develop a detailed business plan to launch at least one specific initiative within the strategy.
- Become a leading advanced manufacturing hub
- Increase attractiveness as a center for business services and headquarters
- Become more competitive as a leading transportation and logistics hub
- Make Chicago a premier destination for tourism and entertainment
- Make Chicago a nationally leading exporter
- Create demand-driven and targeted workforce development
- Foster innovation in mature and emerging sectors and support entrepreneurship
- Invest to create next-generation infrastructure
- Develop and deploy neighborhood assets to align with regional economic growth
- Create an environment in which businesses can flourish
“Through its support of the Fellows Program, Comcast is helping to connect and bring online Chicago's next generation of innovative business leaders.”
-John Crowley, Senior Vice President, Comcast Greater Chicago Region
Example initiatives that Fellows could support:
- Trade and Investment Acceleration Agency – to grow exports and foreign investment
- Advanced Manufacturing Institute – to support innovation, workforce training, and business strategy for small and medium-sized manufacturers
- Advanced logistics cluster initiative to support growth in innovation and training
- Intelligent transportation system for traffic congestion management
- New innovation business plan competition to link innovators to funding, mentors, customers in Chicago’s strongest sectors