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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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

$1.15 Million to Support Chicago's New Mixed-Income Communities

MacArthur announced three grants totaling $1.15 million to promote the success of Chicago’s new mixed- income communities by providing services to residents.  These grants are part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment to ... Read More

Formation of Former Mayors Caucus

Living Cities Joins Congressmen Turner and Capuano to Announce Formation of Former Mayors Caucus. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the City Club of Chicago on “Deep Roots, Deep Commitment: MacArthur Investments in Chicago”

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton relates the Foundation's support for arts, housing, education, and economic development in Chicago. Read More

SmartPhones and GIS Mapping Aid Community Development

With support from MacArthur, the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission is providing interactive web-based tools, such as SmartPhones and GIS mapping technology, to help communities and regions plan for growth and investment. Community organizations in the 16 ... Read More

No Child Left Behind Act Narrows Curriculum, Report Says

The No Child Left Behind Act has led to the “narrowing of curriculum,” especially in urban schools, according to a recent study by the Center on Education Policy, a MacArthur grantee. The report said that more ... Read More

Comprehensive Change for 16 Chicago Neighborhoods

On the morning of May 18, 2005, more than 500 people gathered at the Chicago Hilton to launch the New Communities Program, a comprehensive revitalization effort funded by MacArthur and managed by the Chicago Office of ... Read More

Calvert Social Investment Foundation and Incapital Form a New Partnership

Calvert Social Investment Foundation, a MacArthur grantee, and Incapital, a global investment firm, have announced a new partnership that is expected to expand investment in nonprofit groups that provide financing for community development. More than 400 ... 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
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer
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 Associate
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary