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June 6, 2017
Mayor Tory to attend Chicago Forum on Global Cities
Mayor John Tory will join current and former mayors, prime ministers, CEOs and thought leaders from powerful cities around the world at the third annual Chicago Forum on Global Cities on June 7 and 8. The forum raises provocative questions about the influence of global cities and how they can solve pressing global challenges such as protecting the environment, financing a global city and the role of cities as the role of national governments continues to evolve.

"This forum is an opportunity to put Toronto on the world stage next to powerful, global cities as they discuss how to solve challenges facing urban cities,” said Mayor Tory. "We have a lot to learn from Chicago, and I look forward to seeing Millennium Park, a similar project to our Rail Deck Park, and the Remix Project, which we are working on through our Toronto-Chicago Partner Cities agreement.”

Extending from Chicago's and Toronto's Partner Cities agreement, Mayor Tory will represent Toronto at this internationally respected forum. The Mayor will also meet with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss a resolution for the United States’ federal budget cuts that are threatening the Great Lakes. Mayor Emanuel will take Mayor Tory on a site visit to the city's downtown Millennium Park to describe the lessons Toronto can apply to Rail Deck Park, a proposed 21-acre park over a section of rail lands in downtown Toronto.

During the forum Mayor Tory will be part of a panel discussion entitled "Open Cities, Closed Borders: A Response to Globalization," and will participate in Mayor Emanuel’s Roundtable of Mayors that will discuss how to finance a global city. Mayor Tory will talk about opportunities and challenges for financing transit in Toronto.

Partner Cities since 1991, Chicago and Toronto have worked together to strengthen the standing of both cities within the region and global community. For over two decades, the relationship has benefited from multiple exchanges in the areas of arts and culture, education, technology and economic development. Mayor Tory will visit the Remix Project, one of the most successful projects resulting from this agreement, which was created to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under-served communities in the areas of art, music and graphic design.

For more information on the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted annually by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, visit:

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