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2013 Board Retreat kicks off CLA strategic planning

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) Board of Directors and staff met with Daniel Iacofano and Christopher Beynon of MIG to uncover future opportunities for downtown Chicago.

The morning started with breakfast at the Gensler Chicago headquarters, alongside a review of the current state of the Loop. We talked about key sectors of the Loop including: retail, offices, theatres, education, public realm, arts and culture, residents, transportation, hospitality, and tourism. We established what opportunities the Loop has in each of these sectors, and what challenges it faces. There was passion in the room. Every board member showed dedication to improving the Loop, a plenty of new, exiciting ideas were introduced.

After the roundtable, board members and staff were broken into three groups – economic development, public realm, and marketing -- to discuss those sectors in more detail. Groups of about 10 people brainstormed about projects, programs, and policies that CLA could initiate to address some of the opportunities and challenges we had uncovered that morning.

When we met back together after lunch, we found that the three groups had targeted similar projects. Our mission and objectives for the coming years, though not yet solidified, are definitely becoming clear. As a CLA staff member, I'm excited to have a strategic plan later this year that will give me new opportunites to promote the Loop and our organization.

Exactly what CLA has in store for you, well, you’ll just have to wait to find out! In the meantime, visit our Facebook page for more Board Retreat photos, or help us guide the future of the Loop by filling out this survey with your own ideas: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFVKCJV.


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