Getting the Forum Started!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More than 70 people gathered at the headquarters of Boston Private Bank to consider the future of the community development field in Massachusetts.  The first public event of the Community Development Innovation Forum co-sponsored by Boston LISC and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) drew community development corporation staff and board members, lenders, funders, public agency staff, and academic researchers for a three hour discussion of the central questions facing community developers in 2008.  

Chicago CDC Executive Director Jim Capraro gave a keynote speech that described the challenges of comprehensive community building and how community developers in Chicago under the leadership of Chicago LISC started to reexamine their work and the future of Chicago’s neighborhoods in the mid 1990s. 

Following Mr. Capraro, community development consultant John Cleveland of the Innovation Network for Communities presented an overview of the Forum organizing committee’s preliminary thinking and the central questions steering the forum’s focus.  Participants broke into five working groups to initiate discussion around the issues. To learn more about the Forum itself and to see the presentations from the kick-off meetings, visit our Innovation Forum Documents page.


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