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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Remarks by MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch about the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch discusses a new report by the Task Force outlining ways to harness and accelerate ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide in Chicago. Read More

Community and Economic Development in Chicago Neighborhoods

MacArthur announced a new $26 million investment to support the nation’s largest community and economic development effort, which is focused on 16 of Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at a Press Event Announcing $26 Million for Chicago Neighborhoods

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces a renewed commitment of $26 million supporting the Chicago neighborhood revitalization efforts of the New Communities Project. Read More
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Community and Economic Development

MacArthur’s community and economic development grantmaking is grounded in a comprehensive community revitalization effort in 16 Chicago neighborhoods called the New Communities Program. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Metropolis Project

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton relates the Partnership for New Communities' efforts to raise $15 million to support the employment of public housing residents and spur economic development. Read More

Expanding Full Circle Community Mapping and Planning Efforts

The Chicago Agency for Metroplitan Planning recently announced a $600,000 grant from MacArthur that will expand its Full Circle community mapping and planning efforts. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Center for Working Families Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on the Center for Working Families' successes in helping families find employment and public benefits and announces a new $3 million grant to help the Center expand. Read More

Helping More Low-Income Families Build Wealth

MacArthur will invest $3 million dollars to expand an innovative new effort to help low-income families in 13 Chicago neighborhoods achieve financial stability and build wealth. Read More

New Communities Program: Reflections from the First Year

Chicago's New Communities Program (NCP) post results, honors community heroes, and unveils the portfolio of projects ready for investment. Read More

Review of the New Communities Program: Toward Effective Implementation of Neighborhood Plans

In this review we take a close look at the New Communities Program (NCP) and its progress. Should support for NCP go forward and, if so, how might it be changed? Read More

Staff

Portrait of Julia M. Stasch

Julia M. Stasch

Interim President
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
Portrait of Maurice Classen

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
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary