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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Lunch & Conversation on Digital Manufacturing with Caralynn Nowinski

Caralynn Nowinski is the Executive Director at UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, harnessing resources across industry, academia, and government, to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges. Read More

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Wachovia Next Award Boosts Two Community Development Financial Institutions

Latino Community Credit Union, Durham, N.C., and ACCION Texas, San Antonio, TX are sharing an $8.25 million prize from the Opportunity Finance Network. Read More

Report on Prisoner Reentry Influences Crime Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a crime bill that includes several recommendations from a policy report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a MacArthur grantee. The bill, known as the Second ... Read More

New Directions in Community Change

Contents President's Message: New Directions in Community Change Vice President’s Message: Applying Market Dynamics to Community Change New Communities Program: Improving Chicago’s neighborhoods The NCP Approach At-a-Glance Supporting Neighborhood Organizations: Grants to Community ... Read More

Community Revitalization Efforts in 10 Cities

MacArthur is awarding $4 million for comprehensive community revitalization efforts in ten U.S. cities based on the principles of Chicago's New Communities Program. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) National Leadership Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's partnership with LISC in Chicago and identifies core principles of that partnership that may prove useful to other cities' community development efforts. Read More
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Jonathan Fanton on community development in Chicago

Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, discusses the Foundation's investments in community and economic development through the New Communities Program.

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Awards Program to Support Community Development Financial Institutions

MacArthur, in partnership with the Wachovia Foundation and the Opportunity Finance Network, announced a five-year $42 million awards program for community development financial institutions (CDFI) serving low-income and low-wealth people throughout the U.S. Read More

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

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
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