CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 2015--
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago recognized Chicago
Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) today with its Community Strategy of the
Year Award at the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards for
CNI’s work to revitalize the Pullman neighborhood.
Born just five years ago, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives was formed
with $9.2 million in direct financial support from U.S. Bank. Its
creation and subsequent investments from CNI and the bank has generated
1,200 jobs, 135 affordable housing units and helped hundreds of
entrepreneurs in neighborhoods throughout Chicago such as Pullman,
Englewood and Austin. There alone, U.S. Bank has invested $35 million in
community development loans, tax credit investments, grants, corporate
giving and nonprofit sponsorships since late 2009.
“When U.S. Bank expanded in the Chicago market through the Park National
acquisition, we made a strong commitment to community development and
set out to build lasting relationships with these neighborhoods,” said
Marsha Cruzan, market president for U.S. Bank in Chicago. “As this award
affirms, CNI has certainly had the impact our bank envisioned five years
ago. We congratulate the CNI team and look forward to working alongside
them in the years ahead.”
U.S. Bank joined together with community stakeholders to lay the
foundation for CNI in 2010 as an independent nonprofit developer and
resource to support economic development and neighborhood revitalization
initiatives in Chicago. One of its first projects was the redevelopment
of the abandoned Ryerson factory site into the recently-completed
Pullman Park mixed-use development.
“Our goal in creating Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives was not just to
keep the Ryerson project moving forward, but to establish a sustainable
organization that would have a lasting impact on these communities,”
said Terrance Dolan, vice chairman of wealth management and securities
services for U.S. Bank. “CNI President David Doig, Angie Marks and many
others had a bold vision for the Pullman district. The entire team that
helped form CNI and the community leaders were very passionate about the
vision and the opportunities for the communities that we serve. As a
result, U.S. Bank wanted to enable that community potential to be
Mr. Dolan helped present the award with a video tribute shown at the
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards.
Over the past five years, U.S. Bank has remained closely involved with
CNI through board leadership, financial expertise and funding. The
bank’s funding has supported dozens of other projects and organizations
in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, including Mercy Housing Lakefront –
Pullman Wheelworks, Roseland Community Hospital, Teamwork Englewood,
Westside Health Authority and many others.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition and proud to look back at
our progress over the last five years. U.S. Bank’s support at all levels
has been critical to CNI’s success,” Doig said.
LISC cited several high-profile initiatives in awarding CNI its
“Community Strategy of the Year” award, including:
Development and job creation: This year CNI celebrated the
completion of the first phase of Pullman Park, which includes a
Walmart, Ross Dress for Less and Planet Fitness on the abandoned
Ryerson factory site, brining 1,100 permanent and construction jobs
and fresh produce to a previously-designated “food desert.” Other
notable projects this year include the grand opening of a Method Home
Products manufacturing facility in Pullman, creating 100 permanent
jobs, and finalizing the complex remediation for a long-abandoned
Englewood site that will be the future of a mixed-use development
anchored by Whole Foods Market.
Revitalizing housing: This year CNI finished the sale of our
first 38 rehabbed homes with partners Neighborhood Housing Services
and the City of Chicago. On the strength of what had already been
accomplished, in August Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was on
hand to announce a $1.5 million grant for CNI to acquire and rehab 20
single family homes and 15 rental apartment buildings.
Encouraging entrepreneurship: This year CNI launched a small
business micro-lending program, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro
Finance Group. The program focuses on low to moderate income
neighborhoods throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs which in
only two years provided more than 40 businesses with $500,000 in
microloans. Of that total 82 percent of the loans went to firms owned
by African-Americans and 52 percent went to small businesses owned by
“The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards celebrate what truly makes
our city great – the passion, creativity and diversity of our community
development leaders,” said LISC Chicago Executive Director Susana
Vasquez. “Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives’ work in Pullman exemplifies
what true neighborhood development is about: community engagement that
leads to community and economic impact.”
About LISC Chicago and CNDA
LISC Chicago is part of a
nationwide non-profit corporation, the Local Initiatives Support
Corporation, headquartered in New York. LISC operates in over 30 cities
and a like number of rural communities throughout the United States.
Founded in 1979 by the Ford Foundation, LISC helps both community-based
and for-profit development organizations transform distressed
neighborhoods into healthy ones – where people choose to live, do
business, work and raise families.
Established in 1995, the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA)
recognize the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit
developers play in building communities in Chicago-area neighborhoods.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in neighborhood real estate
development and community building, especially the achievements of
community development corporations (CDCs), other community-based
organizations and for-profit developers working to build healthier
neighborhoods in the Chicago metropolitan area.
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank employs nearly 2,500 people in
Chicago. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $403 billion in assets as of
December 31, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National
Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The
company operates 3,176 banking offices in 25 states and 5,022 ATMs and
provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
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Pat Swanson, 651-587-3590