Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel received the Visionary Award for his vision, leadership and commitment to the future growth of the city. Mayor Emanuel has, since taking office, stood with more than 60 companies to announce nearly 25,000 new jobs in emerging industries, including technology, healthcare IT, finance, and consulting. The Mayor has similarly focused extensive effort on recruiting entrepreneurs and companies that are innovators. Recently, the Mayor announced the creation of ChicagoNEXT, a task force aimed at fostering economic development and job growth in three key innovation sectors: digital, clean technology and life science sectors.