Oct 302013

November Coalition Power Breakfast

Breakfast Notice:

Please join the COAL membership at our next Coalition Power Breakfast on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8:30am – 11:00am (program will begin @ 9:30am).

In August 2012, COAL invited Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson to speak at  the September COAL Breakfast to:

provide information on the CTA Red Line Project (which entails shutting down the Redline from 22nd St. to 95th St. in order to completely renovate the rail lines and all stations);  its impact on ridership  (for our Community, the Red Line represents a major means of transit to and from places of employment), steps to minimize adverse impact, CTA’s progress towards jobs for minorities, and progress towards contracting opportunities for minority and small businesses. 

At that Breakfast, COAL asked to have the CTA report back, at a future date, on their progress in meeting project minority (DBE) goals.

The Red Line Project has now been successfully completed and trains are moving (more rapidly) between 95th and the Loop.

How well did the CTA perform in meeting its goals for DBE participation and minority hiring? Was this project a role model for other City of Chicago large public projects, as the Mayor stated it would be? What are the lessons learned? This is our focus for the November Breakfast. COAL is honored to host Mr. Omar Brown, Vice President Human Resources for the Chicago Transit Authority, as our guest speaker.

Omar Brown Picture Fall 2013

Mr. Brown will be joined by Ms. Mary Person, General Manager for Diversity andMs. Shari Runner, Senior Vice President Strategy and Community Development, Chicago Urban League, to provide additional insights into the numbers and the issues. Join us this Saturday for a  very informative Breakfast.

Please forward this notice to your respective organization(s). Should your organization or you have questions, in advance, please forward questions to COAL Public Policy at
[email protected].

We also look forward to you working with us, on actionable plans to address issues that align with COAL’s mission and drives towards improving the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and overall quality of life for our community. If you wish to join one of our planning and action committees, please go to our website at www.coalchicago.com and sign-up.

COAL Public Policy Committee 


Breakfast Recap (COAL Intern Charles Preston): pending


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