Chicago Partner Greg Hummel was quoted extensively May 19 by the Chicago Sun Times regarding the Chicago Central Area Committee’s efforts to spread the benefits of the city’s thriving downtown core out to struggling neighborhoods. In a recently released report described by Hummel not as an end product, but “as an open-source document and part of a dynamic conversation we hope offers ideas and directions that will be helpful to others,” the committee calls for broad investments in public transit, workforce training, affordable housing and expansion of broadband internet service. Hummel said emphasizing transit as a tool for growth is a key aspect of the report, since many Chicago neighborhoods “don’t have the connective tissue” with downtown. He also indicated that the city must continue to explore creative financing for community improvement, saying that “public-private partnerships will be key, and they will drive capital spending.” Hummel has served as Chair of the Chicago Central Area Committee since 2012. Click here to read the full article.