economic and business growth. The organization is focused on improving efficiencies and infrastructure, developing people, advancing technology, and attracting capital.
Incubated at World Business Chicago (WBC), SINC is a direct result of
Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs strategy to become more
competitive as a transportation and logistics hub. SINC brings together a
diverse group of business leaders to build on Chicago’s great tradition
of corporate engagement and focus on growing the region’s competitive
Whitley will be responsible for managing the strategic growth of this
new organization, including member outreach and programs. Whitley has a
rich history in the Illinois business community and brings more than 40
years of experience in public policy initiatives from both the public
and private sector. In this newly created role, Whitley will lead all
aspects of SINC’s agenda and initiatives.
“Doug’s expertise will be valuable in bringing together the region’s
supply chain leaders to directly impact Chicago’s economy,” said World
Business Chicago President & CEO Jeff Malehorn. “We are pleased to
have him help advance Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
strategy to enhance Chicago’s position as an international
transportation and logistics leader.”
SINC plans on driving forward an agenda which includes supporting
rationalized truck permitting systems in the region, work force
development for transportation related employers, piloting off-peak hour
delivery program in Chicago’s congested areas, and attracting
additional capital to entrepreneurs in logistics.
“Doug’s extensive experience at the Chamber focused on creating an
environment in which businesses can grow and advocating for smart policy
solutions to support that growth. SINC will benefit tremendously from
his leadership in expanding our reach among supply chain businesses, and
executing an agenda that ensures Chicago’s leadership in
transportation, logistics, and the national supply chain,” said SINC
board chairman and vice chair of CenterPoint Properties, Paul Fisher.
Whitley joins SINC after serving 13 years as president and CEO of the
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, where he led the Chamber’s charge to
aggressively promote the interests of Illinois business. Whitley founded
and co-chaired the Transportation for Illinois Coalition for the last
Prior to leading the Illinois Chamber, Whitley was president of
Ameritech Illinois. Whitley served two years as director of the Illinois
Department of Revenue during the administration of Governor Jim Edgar.
Whitley’s expertise in taxation, government finance and regulation was
established while serving as president of the Taxpayers’ Federation of
Illinois for 14 years.
“The SINC appointment is a perfect opportunity for me to continue
serving as a passionate champion of Illinois’ transportation needs,”
said Whitley. “Transportation is the foundation upon which Illinois’
economy has been built and I’m committed to improving upon Chicagoland’s
status as the greatest inland port in the world.”
Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs,
currently being implemented by WBC, serves as a roadmap for the
region’s growth. Chicago’s transportation and logistics industry
accounts for $14 billion in GRP, with a projected growth rate of 3.4
percent. Chicago is the only city in the nation where six of the major
North American railroads intersect. Nearly a third of all freight
tonnage in the U.S. originates, terminates or passes through the region.
Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives
Chicago’s economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate
talent and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique
public-private partnership, WBC engages the region’s leaders to advance
Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.
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