Mesirow Financial Managing Director Serves in Inaugural Chicago Economic Growth Fellows Program
Gregory Karczewski on loan pro bono to World Business Chicago

CHICAGO, January 31, 2013 — Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that Gregory Karczewski, managing director, has been accepted to the inaugural class of Fellows to support implementation of Chicago's Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, a dynamic economic development plan created to drive the 14-county Chicago metro area's growth in the global economy and articulate clear, actionable strategies for economic growth and job creation.

This month, Karczewski began a full-time, six month commitment working with World Business Chicago (WBC) to launch initiatives that target one of ten transformative strategies detailed in the Plan. This week, the Fellows met with Chicago Mayor and WBC Chairman Rahm Emanuel, who requested the development of the Plan last year.

"I am grateful to our business community for lending us some of their top talent to help shape Chicago's economic development," said Mayor Emanuel. "This inaugural class brings new resources and knowledge to accelerate the Plan's key economic growth initiatives, which are essential for Chicago to compete in the global economy."

"Mesirow Financial is happy to participate in such a worthwhile cause," said Mesirow Financial Chief Executive Officer Richard Price. "Greg is an asset to our organization, and a great resource to lend to the Fellows Program. Our firm is fully committed to the Chicago business community and we will to do whatever we can to support the city's economic growth.

The Fellows' commitments will be centered on launching WBC initiatives from PEGJ’s ten transformative strategies:

  • Become a leading manufacturing hub
  • Increase attractiveness as a center for business services and headquarters
  • Become more competitive as a leading transportation and logistics hub
  • Make Chicago a premier destination for tourism and entertainment
  • Make Chicago a nationally leading exporter
  • Create demand-driven and targeted workforce development
  • Foster innovation in mature and emerging sectors and support entrepreneurship
  • Invest to create next-generation infrastructure
  • Develop and deploy neighborhood assets to align with regional economic growth
  • Create an environment in which businesses can flourish

In addition to Mesirow Financial, organizations sponsoring pro bono support in the inaugural Fellowship class include: Comcast, DeVry Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Deloitte Consulting LLP, United Airlines, The PrivateBank, and Zurich Insurance.

"It is an honor to be a part of the inaugural class of the Chicago Economic Growth Fellowship Program," said Karczewski. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with Mayor Emanuel, World Business Chicago and the other Fellows in order to help promote economic growth and jobs in our city."

Fellows will gain unique access to public and private sector networks and have the chance to greatly impact Chicago, as they work along with full-time staff within WBC, and leadership from the Civic Consulting Alliance, Metropolis Strategies and other key organizations. In turn, the city will benefit from highly-skilled talent, with the proven ability to enact significant plans and initiatives. Former director of the White House Internship Program, Melissa McNeal, leads the Fellowship Program.

The first round of Fellows was chosen after a significant application process including an essay, letter of support from current employers, three letters of recommendation, and an interview. Applications are currently being accepted for the second class of Fellows, who will start in May. For more information about the Fellowship Program, or a copy of the Plan, visit

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