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Tina Tchen quoted in Chicago Sun-Times article, “Google’s Illinois Impact Challenge a ‘Shark Tank’ for economic development ideas”

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Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen was quoted on August 22, 2018 in a Chicago Sun-Times article, “Google’s Illinois Impact Challenge a ‘Shark Tank’ for economic development ideas,” which discussed Google’s announcement to launch the Illinois Impact Challenge – a  statewide competition for nonprofits to propose new ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities, with winners receiving a prize of $75,000 in grant funding, plus training. The article stated, “So the company put up $1 million and assembled a dream team panel that will select 10 winners with ideas to grow the economy of neighborhoods like Englewood, or those in downstate cities like Peoria. But they won’t have the last word. That will be left to the public, which gets to vote on the best of the 10, with an additional $250,000 at stake.”

Tchen, who is on the panel, noted, “What’s especially great about this initiative is we’re encouraging local entrepreneurs to come up with solutions, and as I learned at the White House, solutions to these problems don’t come from the top down, but from grassroots people who know their communities best.”

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