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Neighborhood Economic Growth
Neighborhood Economic Growth
How can the City involve residents in developing action plans for bringing jobs and investment to their neighborhoods?
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Investing to create jobs, modernizing our infrastructure, expanding green space, increasing affordable housing options, and supporting small businesses…all of these efforts are critical tools in bringing economic growth to our neighborhoods. As the City continues to expand these initiatives across the city, it remains essential to engage communities in developing these and other strategies to ensure all solutions meet the unique needs and goals of each community.

Examples of community engagement might include:
• Formal commissions and task forces, such as the Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago, which brought together more than 100 faith and community leaders to develop a strategy for reducing youth violence
• Roundtables and focus groups, such as the those held during the 2012 business license reform efforts, which brought together over 250 small business owners to streamline the business licensing process
• Town halls, such as the eight held across the city by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which brought together 2,400 residents during the development of the City’s first Cultural Plan in 25 years
• Online forums and social media, such as CHIdeas.org, which since launching has welcomed nearly 12,000 visitors to weigh in on topics such as minimum wage, supporting small businesses, emergency preparedness, and promoting healthy lifestyles


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