Produced by Jerry Paffendorf
Chicago killed it. A snapshot of recent city building action:
Saturday - Announced "the largest public housing redevelopment effort in the history of the United States."
Monday - Directed $11 million to support the growth of women- and minority-owned business.
Tuesday - Announced five new schools focused exclusively on tech skills and career readiness.
Wednesday - Unveiled forward looking Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. Also announced agreement to retire two coal-fired power plants.
Thursday - Joined with President Clinton and announced the Chicago Infrastructure Trust to invest more than $200 million in energy efficiency, generate 2,000 jobs and save taxpayers some $20 million annually.
Eric Markowitz reports the United States Patent and Trademark Office is opening it's first-ever satellite office. His lead source explains why Detroit emerged as the preferred location:
"The USPTO considered many factors before making its final decision to locate its first new satellite office in Detroit. The city fulfilled a number of critical criteria, including a high percentage of scientists and engineers in the workforce; access to major research institutions; a high volume of patenting activity; and a significant number of patent agents and attorneys in the area."