Community & Economic Development

MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read our strategy

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Technology to Open Communication on Chicago’s Public Services

The City of Chicago recently launched Open311, an evolution of the phone-based 311 systems that many cities in North America offer. Read More
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Foreclosure Trends in Chicago Neighborhoods

Data from the Woodstock Institute shows that completed foreclosure auctions in the Chicago six county region more than doubled in the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011. Read More
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Chicago Mentoring Program Decreases Youth Violence

A study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds that a group counseling and mentoring program was successful in reducing youth violence in Chicago. Read More
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Evaluating Opportunity Chicago

Opportunity Chicago, the MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, surpassed its goal of helping 5,000 public housing residents find quality work, according to an evaluation. Read More
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Building Successful Neighborhoods

From the Urban Institute's What Works Collaborative, this report lays out a research agenda on neighborhood policy. Read More

"Big Data and a Brave New World"

Read the full story in The Huffington Post
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Bridging the Gap: Technology & Civic Change

MacArthur Program Officer for Community & Economic Development Alaina Harkness notes how digital technology can support philanthropy's efforts to connect experts and practitioners. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Mijo Vodopic

Mijo Vodopic

Program Officer
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
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Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary