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Racial Equality, COVID-19 And CTA/Metra Construction Will Take Centerstage At Today’s State Of Edgewater Event

The global health crisis not only caused this year’s State of Edgewater event to go virtual, it is also one of the three main topics to be discussed at the annual event.

The 2020 State of Edgewater will be streamed live via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Presented by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC), the yearly program is meant to bring community leaders together in order to discuss topics that affect both area business owners and residents alike.

The afternoon will be divided into three panel discussions led by experts and policy makers. It will conclude with a question and answer session with viewers. The event will kick-off with an update on the CTA’s Red Purple Modernization Program (RPM) and the Metra Peterson Ridge Station. Construction issues will be discussed as well as forecasts for the future of both projects. Panelists will include Noe Gallardo (Legislative Affairs Administrator/Community Relations for Metra), Joe Ott (Director or Construction for Metra), and Jeff Wilson (Director of Government and Community Relations for CTA).

The second part of the program will cover racial equality and leadership in the community. Speaking during the presentation will be Olatunji Oboi Reed who is Chairman & CEO of Equiticity Ventures, a racial equity movement advocating for increased mobility and racial justice to make lives better for Black, Brown and Indigenous people of color across the United States.

Lastly, a more encompassing look at neighborhood policy making which effects both business owners and residents will be presented. Area politicians will be on hand to talk about different plans and programs that shape the area, namely COVID-19 and its impact. The segment will include Senator Heather Steans, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.

“Hosting this annual event virtually is an important step as we continue to collaborate with the community and our partners to build an economically strong, resilient and inclusive neighborhood,” said ECC Executive Director Christina Pfitzinger. “Especially now as Edgewater finds itself at the center of two major transit developments.”

The State of Edgewater event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at stateofedgewater2020.brownpapertickets.com ($5 for ECC chamber members and $10 for non-members) and will provide digital access to the entire Zoom program.

For more information, please visit: https://www.edgewater.org/events/state-of-edgewater/ 

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