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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.

Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution moderated a HUD webcast on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Innovations with three panelists from across the country, including MPC President MarySue Barrett.  MarySue was asked to discuss the motivation and status of the the interjurisdictional work underway in the South Suburbs -- with technical support from MPC and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus -- to respond to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.   Eighteen communities have formed the South Suburban Housing Collaborative and, with resources from the Chicago Community Trust, recently hired a Director of Housing Initiatives to align programs, policies and resources across boundaries. 

During the panel discussion, MarySue spotlighted the need for more federal incentives to support innovative collaborations such as the interjurisdictional work MPC is supporting, along with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and other partners.

Listen to the web cast: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Innovations. You may have to download the SilverLight plug in.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in the South Suburbs.
This initiative is one of the case studies in MPC’s new paper on federal investment reform.

Building on lessons learned from the interjurisdictional efforts advanced through NSP 1, MPC is assisting in convening partners to participate in a regional application for NSP 2. The application will be submitted by CMAP.

For more information, please contact MPC's Vice President of Community Development, Robin Snyderman at 312/863-6007; or Dominic Tocci, Workforce Housing Collaboratives Manager, at 312/863-6046.

This page can be found online at http://www.metroplanning.org/news/3563

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