A N O T E F
R O M K U R T Welcome!
Our first-ever community newsletter is designed with two things in mind:
you informed and
I made a commitment to transform this office and it starts here, by sharing
up-to-date news from City Hall and highlighting the important work happening in
each of Chicago's 77 communities. As your banker, investor and advocate,
I look forward to a continued partnership as we work together to
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On Chicago's 178th
Birthday, Treasurer Summers released an Impact Report on the
progress he’s made during his first 90 days since taking the
oath of office on Dec. 1, 2014. Read about the Treasurer's visits to 77
communities in 77 days and his concrete work on financial education,
new tools to hold our office accountable and ways
to relieve our pension burden.
O I N A T H I N K T A N K Stay connected! From the Treasurer's 77 visits, he has
developed Think Tanks with small businesses owners, advocacy
groups and community leaders who keep in touch to discuss the current challenges
they face and potential opportunities for future economic growth. Would
you like to join the Think Tank in your community? Join the Treasurer
for monthly conference calls, quarterly meetings, and daily interactions with
office staff. Click here to sign up!
Take a minute to
watch Kurt talking with Paul Lisnek on CLTV's Politics Tonight about
launching the 90 Day Impact Report!
M O D E L C I T Y On March 12, the
Treasurer was joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara
Byrd-Bennett and Chair of President’s Advisory Council
on Financial Capability for Young Americans John Rogers to
announce Chicago's first ever citywide Financial Education
Initiative! Secretary Duncan also lauded Chicago as a “model city”
for our coordinated and comprehensive approach. Led by the Treasurer's
Office, the Chicago Financial Education Initiative brings together several city
agencies together for the first time to develop and enact a plan to make
financial education accessible to all youth, parents, and community members in
Chicago. Read more from the Chicago Tribune!
K U R T I
N D. C . On March 3, the
Treasurer went to the White House to present
of-its-kind citywide plan for making financial
education resources more accessible to all residents. Read more!
S M A L L B U
S I N E S S On March 25, Treasurer Summers joined
Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce new partnerships that will help
small business owners in neighborhoods throughout Chicago access needed capital.
Following a successful pilot, the Small Business Opportunity Center
Program (formerly Capital Access Centers), which helps small business
owners prepare for loans, will expand from three to eight centers across Chicago
and $5 million in funding is available for Chicago small
“After meeting with small business owners in each of
Chicago's 77 communities, I know first-hand that their top priority is gaining
greater access to capital,” said City Treasurer Kurt Summers. “This expansion
will meet those needs while stimulating economic growth in our neighborhoods. I
am committed to working with Mayor Emanuel to help in this process and ensure
our small businesses are connected to the capital they need to flourish.” Read more here!
F I N A N C I A L C A P A B I L I T Y President Obama has
proclaimed April 2015 as National Financial Capability Month!
Catch Treasurer Summers on ABC7 Chicago TOMORROW - Wednesday, April 1,
at 5:45am to discuss how Chicago is tackling financial education.
Follow @kurtasummers on Twitter and like the Treasurer's
Office on Facebook for smart money tips throughout the
C O M M U N I
T Y N E W S Join the Treasurer's Office on April 25 at the
Black Star Project 2015 College Fair at the Chicago Lake Shore
Hotel! Hundreds of students will be in attendance for workshops and panels about
financial education, surviving freshman year, and writing your personal
statement. Click here for more info!
# I C Y M I In
case you missed it, the
Treasurer recently surprised King HS Senior Makiah
Lyons, winner of the 2015 Black History Month Essay Contest, with a
visit to her school and a check for $2,500! See the full story here.
S A V E T H E
D A T E 5/9/15 - 10 a.m. - 2
p.m. The City's Small
Business Center invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to its FREE on
the road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors. Arturo
Velasquez Center, 2800
S. Western.Find out more!
C O L D F O R A C A U S E
annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Chicago brought
out Vince Vaughn, Lady
Gaga and Treasurer Summers!
Chicago reported breaking all of their fundraising goals, raising $1.2 million
with more than 4,500 participants!
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Treasurer Summers dipping out of
the frigid lake.
W E E T T W E E T
J O B O P P O
R T U N I T I E S
The Office of the
Chicago City Treasurer is currently seeking dynamic individuals to join the
team! Please click on the links below for current
opportunities. Chief Investment Officer Internships Click here to stay up-to-date on open