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MPC launches Placemaking technical assistance project at 26th and Federal streets on Chicago's Near South Side

MPC adds a community green space to its list of Placemaking Chicago technical assistance projects.

Cabinet secretaries discuss federal reforms to support metro regions at record-breaking MPC Annual Luncheon
  • Sep 17, 2009

MPC's 2009 Annual Luncheon featured a conversation with officials from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about their new Sustainable Communities Partnership, and Chicago's role as a laboratory for change.

City of Lockport adopts employer-assisted housing

The City of Lockport will launch an EAH initiative that includes a matching fund for area employees whose companies offer an EAH benefit, and a measure to assist with the purchase of previously foreclosed homes.

Reconnecting Neighborhoods get an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the Chicago Plan Commission

On July 15, the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the Reconnecting Neighborhoods Plan, with an overwhelmingly positive response from the commissioners.

Reinventing investment for a more livable Chicago region

The second event of the MPC-CAF summer discussion series, "Reinventing Public Investment", focused on how federal policies in housing, transportation and economic development have shaped decisions and community development in the Chicago Region.

Placemaking Chicago Technical Assistance Application
MPC is currently accepting applications for a Placemaking Technical Assistance project for a park or garden in Chicago.
On-the-ground innovations related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
On Tuesday June 9, MPC President MarySue Barrett joined a group of policy experts for a webcast from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and HUD's role in implementing President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy by investing in job creation, neighborhood stabilization, and energy efficiency.
The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable

Bob McNulty of the Partners for Livable Communities spoke to a sold-out crowd at MPC’s first 2009 roundtable, “The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable.”

Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
The National Housing Conference and its Center for Housing Policy return to Chicago for a national convening on “Solutions for Working Families: 2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy”
From June 28-June 30, national speakers and housing professionals will gather at the Palmer House. MPC is among hosts of the mobile workshops showcasing local successes

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