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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

$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 ...

Formation of Former Mayors Caucus

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