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LISC Quality of Life Planning

The Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) retained Camiros to prepare strategic “quality-of-life plans” to guide programming for three CDCs operating in separate Chicago neighborhoods. The three CDCs and their neighborhoods are: 1) The Resurrection Project in the Pilsen neighborhood; 2) the Woodlawn Investment and Preservation Corporation in the Woodlawn Neighborhood; and 3) the Southeast Chicago Development Corporation in the South Chicago Neighborhood. Each CDC had achieved some success in promoting residential development within their respective neighborhoods. However, each was fulfilling only a portion of their mission. Lacking in the CDC’s activities were initiatives that would improve the overall quality-of-life within the neighborhood, which was needed in order to foster broad-based and sustainable neighborhood improvement. Camiros prepared a strategic action plan for each CDC that presented a specific program of projects to be undertaken. A step by step work plan was prepared to guide each CDC through the multi-year program. Camiros’ work emphasized practical, real-world project programming with the understanding that LISC intends to fund each CDC with $3-4 million to carry out the program.

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LISC Quality of Life Planning

  1. 1. Session Function Code: S517 Session Title: LISC Quality of Life Planning Greater Southwest Development Corp. Quality of Life Planning Process Generating enthusiastic engagement in a complex community environment.
  2. 2. Greater Southwest Development Corporation Quality of Life Planning Process Generating enthusiastic engagement in a complex community environment.
  3. 3. Step 1: <ul><li>Identify 100 new “ermerging” local leaders who “know of,” but we really don’t know, and interview them. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One on one </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In their space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask only one question: “Tell us of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats you see here now?” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Key Finding: <ul><li>A paradox: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top strength: Cohesion </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Top weaknesses: Cohesion </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Southwest Chicago <ul><li>Incredible level of demographic change over the last decade. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 2: <ul><li>Convene leaders to begin creating relationships & connections that will emerge into a “New Community.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. First Convening: November 20, 2003 <ul><li>75 leaders invited </li></ul><ul><li>One week before the meeting 85 attendees had confirmed </li></ul><ul><li>By the time the meeting convened 175 people had gathered </li></ul><ul><li>30 people couldn’t get in because there wasn’t any more room </li></ul>
  8. 8. Creating an environment for the “Emergence of a New Community”
  9. 9. Step 3: <ul><li>Convene leaders to create a: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Future Vision of Our New Community” </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Vision which calls many peoples to form one community
  11. 11. Step 4: <ul><li>Launch the LISC/Camiros New Communities “Quality of Life” Planning Process </li></ul>
  12. 12. Working Group Topics: <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we earn? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we learn? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we play? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we prey on ourselves? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we take care of ourselves? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How wee attract others to our community? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we enact public life? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Step 5: <ul><li>Recruit partners who are committed to implementing specific plan elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify which organization, agencies, and institutions would need to be involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One on one meetings seeking commitments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generated 62 commitments to pursue specific outcomes </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Step 6: <ul><li>Public “Roll-Out” Review Quality of Life Plan at neighborhood public assembly. </li></ul>
  15. 15. “Rollout” Public Assembly