Last Wednesday, November 6, at Coco Pazzo, members of the Birmingham Committee of CSCI welcomed a delegation of Birmingham officials at a dinner in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Birmingham.
The Birmingham delegation was made up of Birmingham City Council members, West Midlands Police, university officials and others. They were in Chicago to discuss current collaborations between the cities. The delegation made the decision to establish a Chicago Committee in Birmingham of volunteers, similar to the structure of the Birmingham Committee in Chicago.
The delegation was also in Chicago to attend Chicago-Forum48 at McCormick Place from November 5–8. The Chicago-Forum48 brought together leaders from government, higher education, business and the real estate (place-maker) community to share ideas and encourage collaboration. The inaugural forum was held in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting.
The delegates included:
• Mike Murray, Lead Officer, International Links, Birmingham City Council
• Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council
• Mark Barrow, Strategic Director, Development & Culture, Birmingham City Council
• Catherine Staite, Director, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham
• Rachel Egan, Assistant Director, Commissioning & Performance, Children, Young People and Families, Birmingham City Council
• Jo Andrews, Business School, Birmingham City University
• Martin Field, ULI Midlands Committee, Urban Land Institute
• Garry Forsyth, Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police
• Cliff Allan, Vice Chancellor, Birmingham City University
• Christopher Prince, Business School, Birmingham City University