The Barack Obama Foundation has chosen four universities as finalists to host the future Obama Presidential Library. Earlier this year, the foundation asked for proposals stipulating that it would take into account factors such as accessibility, community involvement, and economic development.
From the proposals received, the foundation narrowed the field to Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Hawaii. The four institutions must now prepare a formal proposal that includes site development plans, management and organization of the project, community partnerships, marketing strategy, and financial commitments.
The proposals are due by December 11 and the foundation hopes to make a recommendation to the President early in 2015.