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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot 2022 Budget Proposal

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot unveils the historic 2022 budgetproposal...

UPDATE: Neighborhood Opportunity Fund is open! Apply by Friday, Sept. 24

than $4 million in funding available for small businesses, non-profits and cultural institutions across Chicago’s West, Southwest and South sides. The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 24. 

Upcoming City of Chicago Business Education Webinars
Upcoming BACP Business Education Webinars through March 19th and many more updates...
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) The deadline for Chicago's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) application has been extended to June 15th

 Please see important updates below on opportunities that may be of interest to your communities

JUNE 8th, INVEST South/West Initiative Starts Series of Community Engagement Meetings!

INVEST South/West Initiative, invites you to our series of community engagements starting on June 8, 2021, with two more planned meetings to follow!

CEO sends big THANK YOU to the team for its Resiliency during the organization's COVID-19 pivot year

It has been slightly over one year when COVID-19 descended upon Auburn Gresham and GAGDC pivoted and even ramped up efforts to serve the community!

NBDC update: Chicago Tightening Restrictions in Response to Second Wave of COVID-19

Commissioner Rosa Escareno joined Mayor Lightfoot and the Public Health Commissioner to announce the reinstatement of targeted business restrictions to combat the recent and alarming rise of COVID-19 cases. Effective tomorrow, Friday, October 23 at 6:00 a.m.

COVID-19 virtual town hall meeting for Auburn Gresham Residents 4/25!

The Office of Mayor Lori E Lightfoot and the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation invite you join a COVID-19 virtual town hall meeting for residents living in or near Auburn Gresham.

TIME SENSITIVE: City creates grants to help residents with rent, mortgage payments

Housing Assitance Grant Applications are online at    Grants will be $1,000.  Applications will be taken only until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 1.

2020 City of Chicago BACP Small Business Expos

The Small Business Expos are back for 2020, starting March 7th!

Invest SouthWest Proposed Community Plans

DPD and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) hosted events  across the South and West sides to launch INVEST South/West. The family-friendly events where well attended and included a  broad overview of the initiative, performances by local artists, and an open house with planning exercises for each community area, youth activities and food from local chefs.

Chicago’s New Planning Chief Has Fresh Eyes For INVEST South/West

Chicago’s new planning commissioner, Maurice Cox, observed something very quickly when he met with community groups across the city. An empty building on West 79th Street, owned by the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, that the city says it will help redevelop.

Business Start-up Certificate Program

Complete 9 workshops for business certification perks!

INVEST South/West

INVEST South/West is an unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners toward 10 neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.

‘Master Planned Development’ Guidelines Would Enhance Zoning Procedures for City’s Largest Development Sites

The proposed “Master Planned Development” designation would apply to projects known colloquially as “mega projects.”

Mayor Lightfoot Announces Plans to Quadruple Funding for Bus Program on Chicago’s Most Popular Routes

CDOT-CTA Bus Priority Zone Program to receive more than $20 million to support Mayor’s commitment to relieve traffic blockage on Chicago’s Streets

14TH ANNUAL 79TH STREET RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
It's finally time! 79th Street is closing for the weekend, for our 14th annual 79th Street RenFest. Come and celebrate with us. This year we are raising awareness and $$s to Rebuild79. Join us by texting Rebuild79 to 41444. Together We Can, Reimage, Rebuild and Revitalize our Neighborhood!
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, CITY OFFICIALS PROVIDE RESOURCES, TIPS TO BEAT EXTREME HEAT AND URGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, along with officials from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and other departments and sister agencies, today urged residents to take extra precautions as Chicago faces several days of extremely high temperatures.

The Small Business Center on the Road Expos are back for 2019!
The FREE expos bring business resources to the community for new and existing entrepreneurs
looking to start or grow their business in the City of Chicago.
Chicago Shops Campaign Wants You to Spend Big, Shop Small by Supporting Neighborhood Businesses: #ChiBizShops

Shop Smart, Know Return Policies, and Beware of Scammers this Holiday!

Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Training Pilot Program Unveils First Property

Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Training Pilot Program Unveils First Property unveils Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation’s (GAGDC) newly rehabbed property located at 7227 S. Vincennes Street in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood.

Auburn Gresham Building Gets New Life to Promote Health!

Can one iconic building along a key commerical cooridor lead the way to improve the health of a neighborhood? Community leaders and organizations in Auburn Gresham are progressing on a transformative plan to bring living wage jobs to a building anchored by a state of art health facility, to make it so....

February 2018 Business Education Workshops

The Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers workshops every Wednesday and Friday. Workshops vary each month and are conducted by City Officials, experts, and partner business organizations. All workshops are free, and open to the public. Workshops are held at BACP's offices located in Room 805 and Room 1103 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL  60602. 

A big week in Economic Development Funding for Chicago's neighborhoods!

Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched two new programs that will make significant funding available to support new and existing businesses on Chicago's South, Southwest, and West Sides. Both the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund and the Retail Thrive Zones programs offer grant funding up to $250,000 to commercial real estate projects on select neighborhood commercial corridors. To learn more about these programs and their application processes, please visit the program websites.

Quality of Life Plan Celebration of How Your Voice Matters Auburn Gresham!

Auburn Gresham community, came out and celebrated all our hard work contributing to Your Voice Matters Quality of Life Plan planning process. This was the first celebration of our collective works, held October 29, 2016, at the Salaam Restaurant & Bakery, 700 West 79th Street, from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

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