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GADC Looks Back At 2012 And Ahead To 2013

It's not always easy to sum up all the things a community agency does in one year. Dozens of events are planned, thousands of photographs are taken, hundreds of articles written up, and still - it doesn't paint a full picture of the goals agencies, like ours, set, achieve, and surpass from one year to the next.

There are hundreds of planning meetings, weeks of research for programs and grants, dozens of partnerships and collaborations, and tens of thousands of employee hours invested in finding the resources and meeting the needs of the clients we serve.

From January to December each year, our staff makes sure that Auburn Gresham and the surrounding community have access to the programs, products, and services that help families, students, businesses, and local organization thrive. Our vision is broad, our talent is limitless, our expectations are high, and when it comes to the plans we have for our community - our faith is exact.

We would like to personally thank our partners, supporters, funders, and friends for the gifts they've given us which made it possible for us to give so much to you.

The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation is proud to share just some of our many accomplishments duing 2012 and our major projects for 2013.

Major Projects and Programs Successfully Completed In 2012

* Smart Communities: Broadband Technology Oppotunities Program (BTOP)

* Neighborhood Recovery Initiative

* Elev8

* Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors

* Litter Free Zone Initiative

* Illinois State University's STEP UP Teacher's Program

* Kids Reading Hour

* Seniors Blues Breakfast

* Annual Community Health Fair

* Student Food Drive

* SSA 32 Small Business Workshop

* Student Mapping Summer Jobs Program

* Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival and Famly Jam For Peace

Projects and Programs On the Horizon For 2013

* Digital Technology and Training For Small Business -

Helps small businesses learn about technology to market and grow businesses

* New Red Line Metra Station

An exciting, new transit project to ease congestion and bring jobs and resources to the community

* Commemorative Terra Cotta Walking Park

A unique walking park designed to highlight terra cotta, an important material in Chicago architecture

* Urban Green Team

A "for hire" team that provides professional and affordable cleaning and maintenance services for neighborhoods, community groups, and commercial businesses

* Auburn Gresham Gold

A new, data and outcome driven approach to teaching and learning that will enhance and impact the education experience of students at surrounding schools

These are just some of the major projects we're working on for 2013. We look forward to sharing these and other events with you - our clients, volunteers, and friends - so, watch this space. The best is yet to come and we wouldn't dream of doing it without you.

Become a partner, sponsor, or volunteer in 2013.  Let's stay together. Let's work together. From our family to yours we wish you a successful and prosperous year.

GADC staff!

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