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Unity is bringing new hope to Joliet

Community leaders on Joliet's East Side have established a new organization, Unity Community Development Corporation, to guide the implementation of the Joliet Quality of Life Plan developed by MPC and partners.

Disinvestment of manufacturing and commercial businesses and lack of new housing opportunities have hurt many of the neighborhoods that make up Joliet’s 4th and 5th districts, an area that comprises much of the city’s historic property. In November 2007, the Joliet City Council adopted the  Joliet Quality of Life Plan, which was crafted to address the community's challenges.


Informed by the input of more than 900 local residents and stakeholders, the plan takes an integrated approach to quality of life improvements in regard to housing, recreation, transportation, retail and industrial development, employment, public infrastructure, land use, education, human capital (including health care), crime prevention, and the needs of youth and the elderly. 


MPC worked with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Teska Associates, and Partec Consulting Group to create the plan, which identified development  of Unity CDC as a principle recommendation to respond to the need for a proactive and equal partnership between the city and community in implementing needed improvements. The CDC will oversee and coordinate projects though neighborhood councils, and secure funding for the implementation of other Joliet Quality of Life Plan recommendations.

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