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April 2010 Blog posts

South suburban employers gather for Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative convening

This post also appeared in the South Suburban News. The story was featured in Chicago Magazine's Deal Estate and in the Southtown Star. See photos of this event on MPC's flickr page. More than 60 south suburban employers and local officials gathered today for a Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative convening in Olympia Fields, to discuss ways local employers can contribute to stable homeownership and redevelopment in the south suburbs. Since 2007, MPC has partnered with the Charter One Workforce Housing Initiative to engage employers across metropolitan Chicago in collaborating with local communities to develop housing solutions for local workers. “Charter One knows how valuable homeownership is to families and communities, and we are proud to support this important…

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MPC celebrates launch of LEED for Neighborhood Development

Rich Fedrizzi at the LEED-ND launch event

MPC joined the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), and a host of industry leaders in celebrating the official launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system today. The launch event, held at Block 37 – a LEED-ND pilot project – included speeches from many of the people who were instrumental in forming the LEED-ND rating system, including Doug Farr, president of Farr Associates, Henry Henderson from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Doug Widener, executive director of the USGBC Chicago Chapter. S. Richard Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of the USGBC joined the festivities. Through LEED-ND, the widely recognized LEED rating system expands beyond…

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MarySue's Midweek Links

Bikeportland.org

Yesterday, MPC hosted a Roundtable attended by an over-capacity crowd of 95 on the topic: “The Great Communities Collaborative: Adapting a New Model for Sustainable Place-Based Investment.” The event was keynoted by Shelley Poticha, HUD’s Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Community Development, who shared her first-hand experience with the Great Communities Collaborative in San Francisco. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the Bay Area are merging their resources with government entities to locate new housing developments near transit. The event, generously sponsored by S.B. Friedman & Co., also featured a panel of local experts, who discussed similar innovations taking root in the Chicago region. Our next Forum on Wednesday, May 12, "Choosing…

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USDOT puts skin in the game by providing funding for livability criteria

We at MPC have been very encouraged by the announcement of the 6 federal livability principles and excited to see how USDOT, EPA, and HUD are finally going to be walking the same walk, singing the same song, and coordinating efforts. We got so excited we even offered a seventh principle to include the conservation of natural resources! USDOT recently committed $527 million to help advance the goals of the interagency partnership. A good chunk of that money will go towards efforts that improve local and regional planning initiatives. By means of a competitive grant process, these dollars will reward projects that will provide mobility, promote equitable and affordable housing, and invest in the local economy. The funding puts the much needed ‘skin in the game’ to truly…

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Chicago’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program is rolling out its first homes

The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) will have its first homes available for sale by the end of this month. MPC, through its employer-assisted housing initiative, is working with local employers to help the city achieve its goal of having at least 10 percent of the homes acquired and renovated through NSP be purchased or rented by local workers with employer-assistance. The city’s first NSP homes are located in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side. For more information about locations of all of the homes and NSP communities, visit www.chicagonsp.org Potential homebuyers can access a range of information and are encouraged to complete a homebuyer registration card. Coming soon: NSP staff will be hosting a series of…

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