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Obama Presidential Library Committee Will Share Strategies To Bring Library to Chicago's South Side

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CHICAGO, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) announced that the Obama Presidential Library Committee will share their strategies to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South Side of Chicago at the 5th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit on May 17, 2014.

Obama Presidential Library Committee Will Share Strategies To Bring Library to Chicago's South Side at 5th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit

The Community Advisory Board that advises the University of Chicago, and its partners, will engage in candid conversation that will deliver upon public interests while also requesting community participation and support for this historical opportunity.

The 5th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit
The 5th Annual Summit is a progressive initiative that drives the collaboration of neighbors, youth groups, elected leaders, business owners, and community stakeholders to promote the comprehensive growth and well-being of the Woodlawn community.

Hosted by the residents of Woodlawn and sponsored by The South East Chicago Commission, the Fifth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit: "Blazing New Trails… Together" will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration building 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL.

Special Events
The 5th anniversary event expects to exceed the previous year's record-breaking attendance. This year more than 350 participants, leaders and stakeholders will be in attendance. The Summit will welcome its keynote speaker, the Honorable Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson from the City of Gary, IN. Mayor Freeman-Wilson will give testimony to the necessity of collaborative planning, business investment and civic leadership required to transform any neighborhood or city.

"We are thrilled and excited to hear Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilsons remarks. We know that she has a strong commitment to economic development in Gary, Indiana. We look forward to her attending and then learning more from the Obama Presidential Library Community Advisory Board," says Elizabeth Gardner, steering committee member, Woodlawn resident and co-founder of the Summit, "We are looking forward to an energetic and robust event!" This year's Summit includes a Resource Fair and Breakout Sessions designed to promote open dialogue and give participants the right contacts, resources and information to take action at home or in the community. Session topics include:

  • Neighborhood safety and security
  • Economic development
  • Housing
  • Education and public schools
  • Green Healthy Neighborhoods

The Woodlawn Community Summit is hosted by the residents of Woodlawn and sponsored by the South East Chicago Commission with support from the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the City of Chicago Alderman Willie B. Cochran – 20th Ward and  Alderman Leslie A. Hairston – 5th Ward, Kenwood Pointe Homeowners Association and Woodlawn Neighbors Association, and the City of Chicago Police Department and CAPS, 3rd district.

About the Woodlawn Community Summit
The mission of the Summit is to work on behalf of residents and business owners to create and maintain a stable neighborhood in the areas of safety, housing, economic development and the overall neighborhood plan for transformation.

About the South East Chicago Commission
The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) works in collaboration with the University of Chicago and other institutions, businesses and organizations to foster a spirit of community and to enhance the ongoing quality of life across the five footprint neighborhoods we serve including, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn (Chicago).

For more information, please call the SECC at 773-324-6926, visit http://www.secc-chicago.org, follow the Woodlawn Community Summit on Facebook or contact Elizabeth Gardner, Steering Committee, Co Founder Woodlawn Community Summit, kenwoodblockclub@yahoo.com.

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