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LISC Chicago

March 1, 2012

 Sun-Times Media

10 award winners offer hope, strong futures to Chicago neighborhoods

An environmentally-correct produce distribution warehouse in Back of the Yards, an anti-violence program in Little Village, and an affordable housing development in Roseland were among the 10 winners of the 18th annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA).

Created and managed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago), CNDA is the nation’s largest awards program dedicated to neighborhood-based development.

“Chicago is uniquely positioned to be an urban lab for innovation and show the world how to build a truly connected and sustainable city,” said Susana L. Vasquez, LISC Chicago’s executive director, adding that a “marketplace of ideas” will help Chicago succeed.

“Chicago is uniquely positioned to be an urban lab for innovation and show the world how to build a truly connected and sustainable city,” said Susana L. Vasquez, LISC Chicago’s executive director, adding that a “marketplace of ideas” will help Chicago succeed.

A total of 10 awards were given out: seven for various aspects of community development leadership (recognizing programs, projects and individuals), and three sponsored by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. This year marked 15 years of Driehaus winners. Many of the awards were accompanied by monetary gifts, ranging from $2,000 to $20,000.

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