High-speed Internet can connect remote communities, help coordinate and streamline healthcare services, enable children with unparalleled access to learning opportunities, and spark and support innovation in numerous fields. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs has formed an interdisciplinary group of academics, policymakers, and practitioners that will work to provide insight into the social and economic impacts of broadband technologies to maximize their potential benefits. A brochure released by the group states that federal and state policymakers have an opportunity to advance public policy goals by supporting evaluation of broadband innovations across places, policy areas, and over the long term.
Community & Economic Development
Helping to increase social and economic opportunities for low-income Chicagoans, MacArthur supports the New Communities Program, a comprehensive community revitalization effort in 16 Chicago neighborhoods, as well as communication of its lessons learned to other cities and the field.