Black community, small business and political leadership recently attended a community forum about Northwestern Mutual’s planned multi-million dollar Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons near the lake front. Northwestern held the forum to allow community leaders to learn more about the project, meet the general contractor, Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt, Inc., and learn how to help give the community the opportunity to participate in the project. Northwestern says it is making a commitment to create jobs for local workers and hire small business enterprises to help build the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons. The project will reportedly create 1,000 construction jobs and is committed to hiring small businesses for at least 25 percent of construction costs. Attending the forum were (seated, left to right): Barbara Toles, Eve Hall, Linda Graves, and Wanda Montgomery. (Standing, left to right): Jim Milner, Shannon Jefferson, Willie Wade, Mac Weddle, Stephanie Findley, Lafeyette Crump, Russell Stamper, II and Martha Love.