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Governor Rauner supports Millennium Reserve initiative with executive order


On July 14, 2016, ArcelorMittal Riverdale welcomed Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for a special event where the Governor signed a new Executive Order to announce the state’s continued dedication to the Millennium Reserve initiative. 

Millennium ReserveMillennium Reserve is a partnership of government, business and nonprofit organizations working to transform the Calumet and southeast Chicago into a region that is thriving with commerce, healthy communities and sustainable environmental areas. Launched by the State of Illinois under former Governor Pat Quinn in 2012, Millennium Reserve has until now been led by a Steering Committee of diverse partners.  

Bill Steers, general manager of communications and corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas, is the chair of this committee, leading the group as they advance a shared action agenda to make the most of the region’s assets. 

"Our potential is greater when we address challenges together and enhance common opportunities." – Bill Steers

Approximately 80 individuals attended the event at ArcelorMittal’s Riverdale facility, forming a diverse audience of government officials, Millennium Reserve partners and other local community members. Steers spoke about the evolution of Millennium Reserve and the long-term vision for the organization. He announced that Millennium Reserve has officially filed articles of incorporation to become a nonprofit organization, ushering in a new era for the organization.

Steers said, “We seek to expand the partnership to foster a bi-state collaborative. The challenges and opportunities facing the entire Calumet region don’t stop at the state border. Our potential is greater when we address challenges together and enhance common opportunities.”

Other notable speakers included Mollie Dowling, executive director of OAI, David Peterson, executive director of the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Wayne Rosenthal, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Marty Ozinga, president of Ozinga. Facilitated by Ed Paesel, executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the presentation showcased the vibrant potential of the region and all the work that has been done so far to advance the mission of Millennium Reserve.

Steers and RaunerGovernor Rauner then addressed the group and reaffirmed the State of Illinois’ commitment to the Millennium Reserve initiative. He endorsed their decision to become an independent nonprofit, applauding the new opportunity for Millennium Reserve to receive funds and diversify their donor base. The Governor also expressed the importance of working with officials and nonprofits in Northwest Indiana to leverage resources and opportunities across the state border. He officially signed an executive order and reinstated the State Agency Task Force to support Millennium Reserve as it evolves into a 501(c)3. 

ArcelorMittal has been a supporter of Millennium Reserve since its inception and congratulates the group on this important milestone. The company is  honored to take a leadership role in the initiative in this important time for the partnership led by Steers. Governor Rauner said, “I’d like to thank the business community who stepped up to be partners to enhance our economic competitiveness in this region and enhance the quality of life and the environment here in this region. We can do both with great companies like ArcelorMittal to promote more good paying jobs in Illinois but also protect the natural environment.”

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