CHICAGO (CBS) — The City of Chicago has unveiled its first formal blueprint for growing the local economy and the jobs, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it could help the City ride out even rough economic times.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Mayor Emanuel acknowledges the 60-page, 10-point plan calls for some measures the city is already undertaking, such as job training key to the kinds of work available now and in the future.

But the mayor says the report also indicates the city is behind in establishing itself as a leading exporter.

“What we do to help accentuate that will help make sure that the companies here can grow economically, and if they grow economically, they have the greater potential to hire people, and we can grow the economy,” Emanuel said.

The mayor says taking all the steps outlined in the blueprint can help the city do better than a lagging national economy might otherwise dictate.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

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