Grantee Profile

Metropolis Strategies

Grants to Metropolis Strategies

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies is a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including economic development. The organization has undertaken market analyses of major retail areas throughout metropolitan Chicago to explore strategies to resuscitate and spur the vitality of neighborhood business corridors in economically-depressed areas of Chicago. With this grant, Metropolis Strategies will develop a business plan and engage broad civic support for Chicago TREND (Transforming Retail Economics for Neighborhood Development), a city-level intermediary organization to house the tools and capacities necessary to support neighborhood commercial corridor development.

  • $50,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 1 year)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies is a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, transportation, and economic development. In an effort to spur the vitality of some of Chicago's most economically-depressed areas, Metropolis Strategies will use this grant for research on the potential of innovation clusters--firms that organize to share supply chains and employment needs--as a strategy to revitalize Chicago's industrial areas; and to develop a pilot effort to support an industry cluster--food processing and packaging firms--to improve their performance and increase their employment bases.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 2 years)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies' mission is to maintain and enhance the economic competitiveness of the Chicago region by raising public awareness on these issues and bringing about concrete changes in public policy by conducting high-quality analytical work; disseminating information to the media and key stakeholders on important policy topics; participating in the political process at the city, county, state, and federal levels; and encouraging business leaders to speak out and act on issues of regional importance. This grant will support work on its three main program priorities: regional economic growth; sustainable development; and reduction of violence and reform of justice systems.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Metropolis Strategies, a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, transportation, and economic development, and the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary that manages the Foundation-supported New Communities Program, an effort to revitalize 16 Chicago neighborhoods, will use these grants in a joint effort to investigate possible strategies to promote business corridor revival and business expansion that also serve to link neighborhoods to new employment opportunities.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a new civic leadership organization, Metropolis Strategies.

  • $180,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Regional Economy Initiative.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a project to reform Illinois' transportation system, as part of Chicago's Burnham Plan Centennial celebration.

  • $750,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $900,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $250,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To develop a technology platform for a regional learning game.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Metropolis Strategies $4,430,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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