Dave Bennett | Metropolitan Mayors Caucus | Global Cities Initiative
(Independent Voices. One Vision.
Mayors Caucus History:• Formed in December 1997 by Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago• Partnership Between Mayor of Chicago and Mayors that Participate in Nine Suburban Municipal Councils of Governments (COGs)• Represents Mayors of 273 municipalities in Chicago Metropolitan Region and a Population of nearly 10 million
Examples of Issues Addressed:• Regional Electricity Capacity• Protecting Region’s Critical Infrastructure• Federal Transportation Funding• Merged Land Use and Transportation Planning Agencies• Affordable Housing• Air Quality/Climate• Diversity Issues• Public Pension Reform• Consolidation of Services
Keys to Our Success:• Party Politics Left at the Door• Understanding that We Are A Region: Futures Are Intertwined• Regional Consensus: City and COGs all have to agree• Commitment of Central City Mayor• Commitment of Suburban Mayors• Mayors Drive the Agenda, Not Staff• Trust & Camaraderie Have Developed