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LISC Chicago

March 1, 2012
by Joe Zekas

 Yo Chicago

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards honor city’s best

Rather than summarize this news release, we pass it along in its entirety. Video clips of the award winners are available online.

On February 28th, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago) recognized the city’s finest innovators and doers at the 18th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, which honors the best programs, leaders and architecture that are improving Chicago’s neighborhoods through community work and design. The theme of this year’s event was “Building the 21st Century City.”

Mayor Emanuel and more than 1,500 elected officials, business and community development leaders joined LISC Chicago to celebrate this year’s winners, whose work is transforming communities all across Chicago. A pre-event forum with five of the city’s most innovative advocates and professionals, titled “5 Big Ideas for the 21st Century City,” kicked off the awards ceremony with a provocative discussion of how to make Chicago a truly 21st century city.

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), held yesterday at the Chicago Hilton & Towers. The high-profile event attracted more than 1,500 people, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel; CNDA chair Wim Elfrink, executive vice president and chief globalization officer of Cisco; Richard Driehaus; Lori Healey; and leaders of Chicago’s non-profit, corporate and philanthropic sectors.

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