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Click Here: RC3 Newsletter August 2013
We would like to highlight our first Member Spotlight from our newsletter: ChicagoFIRST!
Community Served? Chicago and the surrounding counties of Northern Illinois.
How and when was your partnership formed? ChicagoFIRST was formed in 2003 by fourteen financial institutions that believed in the benefits of collaborating with each other and with the public sector at all levels to improve community and
critical infrastructure resilience. While it began as a regional working group, the organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(6)
non-profit in 2006.
How many members are currently in your partnership? ChicagoFIRST has 27 members. Each pays annual dues that fund
the organization’s two employees.
What three words or phrases would you use to describe your partnership?
1. Nationally Connected
2. Regionally Focused
3. Uniquely Resilient
What are the future goals for your partnership? Looking forward, ChicagoFIRST, which is now multi-sector, hopes to broaden membership across other sectors, and expand its regional public sector collaboration to additional counties
around the Chicago area.
How has your partnership advanced critical infrastructure protection in your community? ChicagoFIRST is fortunate to
have become a lead private sector partnership for CI resilience in this region. In 2010, we partnered with the City of Chicago’s
Office of Emergency Management to form a permanent forum for public/private collaboration in all areas of emergency management and homeland security. Now called the Chicago Public/Private Task Force, ChicagoFIRST cochairs the group and has led the way in developing real structures for information sharing, EOC collaboration, and credentialing with the City before, during, and after an emergency or major event.
What is one of the biggest challenges that you face as a public/private partnership? One of the challenges we have encountered along the way is the difficulty in institutionalizing the relationships and processes we have built with the public sector. Whether due to frequent public safetly leadership changes or resistance to formalizing these activities, ChicagoFIRST knows that basing critical interaction on informal relationships is not strong enough footing if a large disaster occurs. As such, through the Chicago Public/Private Task Force, mentioned above, we have made great strides with local government to being documenting protocols around day-to-day and EOC information sharing, strategic planning, and credentialing.
Who is your representative to RC3? Brian Tishuk, ChicagoFIRST Executive Director, and Sara Alexander, ChicagoFIRST Deputy Director.
How can RC3 members contact you? Our website is www.chicagofirst.org and you can contact us via email@example.com or on our LinkedIn Group.