Community & Economic Development

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Southwest Organizing Project

Empowering neighbors to transform communities In one of Chicago’s most violent areas, gangs and abandoned buildings put communities on the edge of collapse. In such environments, it is easy for problems to seem insurmountable, for ... Read More

Investing in Broadband Evaluation

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. Read More
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Building Workforce, Community Development in Cities

A report from National Skills Coalition explores ways that federal policy can better support cities’ efforts to integrate human and physical capital investments, particularly in the areas of public housing and transit-oriented development. Read More
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Investing In What Works for America’s Communities

With poverty affecting one in six Americans, a new report by leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors proposes innovative ideas that can bring new vitality to struggling communities. Read More
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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
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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

Citywide Data Collection Project

With the help of a $300,000 grant from MacArthur, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a proposal to have Chapin Hall work with the City's Chief Data Officer to document citywide data. Read More

City Club of Chicago Luncheon with Foundation President Robert Gallucci

Hosted by the City Club of Chicago, the luncheon will feature a conversation on public policy with Foundation President Robert Gallucci and Alison Cuddy, host of WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight, at the City Club of Chicago ... Read More

Mercy Housing Foreclosure-Prevention Program Launched in Chicago Area

Mercy Housing has launched a new program with $100 million in unused Troubled Asset Relief Program money to slash loan balances to affordable levels on Chicago-area homes that are worth less than their debt. Read More

New Data Show Logjam in Chicago Area Foreclosures

According to MacArthur grantee the Woodstock Institute, Chicago region foreclosures are taking longer to complete in 2011 than in 2010. Read More

Chicago Launches New Program to Combat Foreclosures

The City of Chicago has launched a new initiative to prevent foreclosures and stabilize property values in Humboldt Park, Chatham, Chicago Lawn, West Woodlawn, Auburn Gresham, West Pullman, Belmont Cragin, Englewood, and Grant Boulevard. Read More

Staff

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget

LaShonda Baldwin

Department Administrator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer, Evaluation