James C. LaBelle

James C. LaBelle

James C. LaBelle

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Jim LaBelle is Vice-President of Metropolis Strategies, formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020, a regional business-based civic organization with an agenda focused on justice, economic growth, transportation and sustainable development. Founded in 1999 by the Commercial Club of Chicago, Metropolis Strategies became a supporting organization of the Chicago Community Trust in 2011. Jim provides leadership on regional development and transportation planning, funding and governance issues.

Jim helped draft and negotiate passage of legislation creating the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and legislation to reform and fund the Regional Transportation Authority. Jim co-authored The Metropolis Plan: Choices for the Chicago Region in 2002 and was the principal author of The Metropolis Freight Plan: Delivering the Goods in 2004. He helped write and produce Building Our Economy: Transportation for a New Illinois in 2010.

Jim was an elected Lake County Board member for 20 years, including three terms as County Board Chairman and one term as President of the Forest Preserve District. He led in crafting the Illinois Stormwater Management Act and Local Solid Waste Management Act, and in creating new county capital improvement, affordable housing, and brownfield redevelopment programs.

In the late 1980’s Jim was Assistant to Illinois Governor James Thompson for local government, transportation and economic development. From 2008 through April of 2013, Jim served on the Board of Directors of Metra, the commuter rail agency for northeast Illinois.

He previously served as Executive Director of Business Leaders for Transportation, Executive Director of the DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference, General Manager of North Point Marina, Director of Project Development for Skipper Marine Development, Administrative Assistant for the Village of Carol Stream, and president of a real estate and consulting business.

Jim holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from NIU in political science and business administration.

Jim and his wife Jan live in Zion, Illinois and have five sons.

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Senior Executive at Civic Consulting Alliance

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Program Director at Chicago Metropolis 2020

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Chicago Metropolis 2020

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Senior Executive at Chicago Metropolis 2020

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Grants Director at The Chicago Community Trust

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Director of Strategy & Alignment at The Chicago Community Trust

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Former Development Director at The Chicago Community Trust

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Director, Content Development at The Chicago Community Trust

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Director of Accounting at The Chicago Community Trust

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Senior Program Officer & Director of Research & Evaluation at The Chicago Community Trust

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