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The Greater Chatham Initiative
(GCI) is a comprehensive, innovative and ambitious effort to align the growth
trajectory of the Greater Chatham community -- comprised of the Chatham, Auburn Gresham, Avalon Park and Greater Grand Crossing community areas -- with that of the broader
metropolitan Chicago region, for the mutual benefit of both. It aims to enhance Greater Chatham’s status
as a community of opportunity – one that connects its residents, businesses and
other assets to regional markets, as development and deployment of these assets
are critical to the growth of the regional economy. It also aims to strengthen the community’s
position as a community of choice – augmenting its ability to attract and
retain the core of its historic population: middle-class African-American
families. GCI’s Comprehensive Plan for Economic Growth and Neighborhood Vitality (“GCI
Plan”) articulates 16 strategies to realize this vision. The current draft of the Plan is available at:
This novel and transformative
effort requires the creation of an equally innovative organizational
infrastructure for effective implementation of the GCI Plan. A “distributed work” model is envisioned for the organization, with
the Executive Director at its center. The Executive Director will play a critical
role in implementing the GCI Plan and creating a new, replicable model for
neighborhood development throughout the City of Chicago and beyond.