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August 13, 2012
Mayor Ford set to lead Team Toronto business mission to Chicago
Mayor Rob Ford will lead a business mission to Chicago in September to mark the beginning of a renewed Partner City relationship.

The Co-chairs of this Team Toronto initiative are George Cohon, Founder, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, and Robert Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines. Mayor Ford and the Co-chairs will be joined by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee, and Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) at a news conference to announce this exciting collaborative venture between the two cities.

Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Observation Deck (weather permitting), Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

To reach the observation deck, take an East Tower elevator to the 25th floor. Then take another elevator up two floors to the observation deck. Staff will be on hand to direct you. If it's raining at 11 a.m., the news conference will be held in the Members Lounge (third floor, City Hall).

The business mission will focus on forging strategic alliances and encouraging investment, trade and learning opportunities between Toronto and Chicago. Mayor Ford and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will also reaffirm and endorse a renewed version of the 1991 Chicago-Toronto Partner City Agreement. This mission is a result of recommendations made by business leaders at the Mayor's Executive Business Roundtable that was held earlier this year and chaired by Councillor Thompson.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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John Gosgnach
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