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ChicagoFIRST provides a forum within which critical firms - predominantly, but not exclusively, financial - collaborate with one another and, as a group, with government at all levels, to promote the resilience of their individual firms through local, regional, and national relationships.

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  • ChicagoFIRST welcomes its newest member, United Airlines!
  • In November, ChicagoFirst's Executive Director, Mike Carano, and Deputy Director, Martha Meegan, co-facilitated the community portion of the Joint Counter Terrorism Workshop hosted by DHS, the National Counter Terrorism Center and the FBI at McCormick Place.  Occurring the week following the Paris attacks, the workshop drew over 200 participants from all levels and agencies of government to discuss plans for how the Chicago metropolitan area would manage a significant terrorist event.
  • ChicagoFIRST's former Executive Director, Brian Tishuk, was interviewed about the role of ChicagoFIRST for the radio program, Disaster Relief America, which aired on March 17 on WTOP/Federal News Radio. Listen to the interview. More than 75,000 people visit this site daily, including policymakers in Washington, DC.
  • The Options Clearing Corporation's (OCC's) October 2014 Newsletter contains an article describing how the OCC & ChicagoFIRST collaborate to enhance national resilience. Read the interview with Dan DeWaal, First VP & Chief Security Officer, at the OCC, as well as the ChicagoFIRST Vice-Chair.
  • Check out an article about ChicagoFIRST on the website of American City & County.
  • A July 31 shooting in a downtown Chicago office building led former Executive Director Brian Tishuk to be interviewed by ABC News about how firms prepare for such events.
  • ChicagoFIRST is featured in the July edition of the Partnership Quarterly, a periodical published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • ChicagoFIRST on Chicago Tonight (WMV | 10MB)
    The public television show, Chicago Tonight, twice aired a segment describing the role of ChicagoFIRST within the Chicago financial community. The video serves as an excellent primer on the organization.

ChicagoFIRST on Chicago Tonight

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