On Friday, August 23, 2013, the Regional Interagency Working Group (RIWG) of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted its second community forum in Illinois. The event – which drew over 50 community members – was hosted by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the first Asian American elected to Congress from Illinois, and took place at Northern Illinois University in DuPage County, where Asian Americans represent more than 11% of the county’s population. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, and General Services Administration participated in the event.
Participants had the opportunity to hear from RIWG members about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses; the way in which the federal government is leveraging technology to meet the growing needs of the American public; the importance of safeguarding workers; and information on how to do business with the federal government. The RIWG members also provided resources for participants to access additional information about federal government programs.
The event is part of our ongoing conversations with the AAPI community in the Chicago region. The RIWG’s mission is to provide information about the various federal government resources available to the AAPI community and to hear about specific community concerns and issues. Sign up to receive the Initiative’s weekly highlights for more information on upcoming events in your area.
Ann Kalayil is the Regional Administrator of the Great Lakes Region at the U.S. General Services Administration and a Regional Interagency Working Group Member.