Chicago LEADS (Leading Economic Advancement, Development, and Sustainability
Employers in some of Chicago’s most important sectors struggle to find the skilled labor they need to compete. At the same time, thousands of low-wage workers lack the skills they need to move into positions that command family-supportive wages.
In 2007 the Mayor’s Office, the Civic Consulting Alliance, and our partners created Chicago LEADS (Leading Economic Advancement, Development, and Sustainability), a two-year effort to help both workers and employers compete in a global economy. Chicago LEADS:
- Brings together leaders from the business community, public agencies, and community-based organizations
- Aligns them around common goals; and drives implementation of strategies that will achieve these goals.
- Has demonstrated that focusing our workforce development resources on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Chicago can make a significant difference for both businesses and residents.