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MPC Roundtable
The Great Communities Collaborative: Adapting a New Model for Sustainable Place-Based Investment

April 27, 2010, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

This is a past event

MPC Conference Center 140 S. Dearborn, Ste. 1400 Chicago, Ill.

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(Registration for this event is closed)

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the Great Communities Collaborative’s ambitious goal is to ensure “half of the Bay Area’s new homes, between now and 2030, [are] located in walkable neighborhoods near transit.” To achieve this, regional nonprofit and philanthropic organizations work closely with government entities charged with housing and transportation planning and investment to target funding and technical capacity to local transit-oriented development.

Already in the Chicago region, leaders are convening to support the many initiatives that warrant this high level of cooperation and coordination among the public and private sectors. How can we ensure that the right partners are working together at the right time? How can we learn from the Great Communities Collaborative here in our region?

Attend the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Great Communities Roundtable to hear about:

  • Success stories from the Great Communities Collaborative in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Various initiatives in Northeastern Illinois and Northwest Indiana this type of collaboration could support.
  • Retooling federal programs to support similar efforts around the country.
  • Local and regional philanthropic, nonprofits, and governmental agencies working to adapt this collaborative model in metropolitan Chicago.

Mark Angelini
Practice Leader, S.B. Friedman and Co. 
Resource Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Council

Keynote Presenter:
Shelley Poticha
Director, Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development


Ngoan Le, Vice President of Programs, Chicago Community Trust
Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Leigh Morris, Chairman of the Board, Regional Development Authority; Resource Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Council

The cost of the roundtable, which includes lunch, is $15 for MPC donors and $30 for all others. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Thanks to S.B. Friedman & Company for sponsoring this event.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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