Chicago chosen as home of Obama Presidential Center

May 13, 2015

A separate English message from the University of Chicago is featured below this Chinese news story from Xinhua via iFeng.

Chicago chosen as future home of Obama Presidential Center

The Barack Obama Foundation has announced that Chicago will be the home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, and the University of Chicago is excited to collaborate with the Foundation on this transformative effort.

The Obama Presidential Center, which will include the presidential library, museum, and office and activity space for the Obama Foundation, will be located on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation has narrowed its choices to two possible sites—one in Jackson Park and one in the Washington Park area. In its announcement on May 12, the foundation said it will look to enter into an agreement with the city of Chicago in the coming months to develop the center at one of the two sites.

The choice of the South Side came after more than a year of community outreach that showed far-reaching enthusiasm for bringing the presidential center to this community. Dozens of institutions and non-profits across the Chicago region have expressed interest in the center’s broad potential, ranging from its community impact to the prospect of forming a new global destination.

In choosing the South Side, the Barack Obama Foundation cited the opportunity to make a transformative economic impact, intense community support for the project, the area’s rich history and connection with the Obamas, proximity to the University of Chicago, easy access to transportation options, and the chance to inspire young people in Chicago and around the world.

“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally, but what we can also do is to attract the world to Chicago,” said President Obama in a video message announcing the decision. First Lady Michelle Obama, who grew up on the South Side, said, “I’m thrilled to be able to put this resource in the heart of the neighborhood that means the world to me.”

This text is excerpted from the May 12, 2015 University of Chicago web news feature "Chicago chosen as future home of Obama Presidential Center." Please click here to read the rest of the article and view the official announcement and location campaign videos.

 

奥巴马总统图书馆将落户芝加哥

来源: 新华网 新华网芝加哥5月12日电(记者徐静)

美国奥巴马基金会12日宣布,奥巴马总统图书馆将落户伊利诺伊州芝加哥市南部的芝加哥大学。

基金会当天在一份声明中说,未来的总统中心将包括总统图书馆、博物馆、基金会办公室和活动场地。

对于最终选择芝加哥市的原因,声明说,奥巴马“从结婚开始至总统选举日”一直与其家人在这里生活和成长。

经过一年多的激烈竞争,芝加哥大学最终战胜其他三个竞争对手——纽约市的哥伦比亚大学、夏威夷州火奴鲁鲁市的夏威夷大学以及伊利诺伊大学芝加哥分校,在奥巴马总统图书馆的选址过程中胜出。

2014年4月,芝加哥大学曾针对奥巴马总统图书馆落户可能给芝加哥带来的经济影响进行评估。结果显示,总统图书馆落户将给芝加哥市每年带来 2.2亿美元经济效益,新增1900个固定工作岗位,每年吸引游客80万人次。此外,总统图书馆建设将给芝加哥市带来6亿美元经济效益,创造3280个就 业岗位。