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September 2010 Update

Civic Consulting Alliance is proud to share some of the accomplishments that our partners and staff have achieved over the last month. Our unique partnership continues to make Chicago more livable, affordable, and globally competitive.

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Recovery Partnership Dashboards Show Impact of Chicago's $2 Billion in Stimulus Funds


Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management

L.E.K. Consulting

Mayer Brown

The Chicago Community Trust

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The Chicago Recovery Partnership, a cross-sector collaboration created to maximize the benefits of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for Chicago, recently released dashboards to summarize the City's ARRA accomplishments.

The dashboards, available on the Chicago Recovery and Reinvestment website, reflect the goals of government transparency and data availability that have guided the partnership.

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The Recovery Partnership was established by Mayor Richard M. Daley and is led in part by Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners. The Partnership draws on the expertise of City agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses to leverage ARRA funding effectively.

Since ARRA began in February 2009, the City of Chicago has been awarded over $2 billion in federal stimulus funds. In the second quarter of 2010, this funding saved and created 11,400 jobs for Chicago residents.

Chicago Climate Action Plan Wins Data Innovation Award


A.T. Kearney

The Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) was selected as a recipient of the 2010 Data Innovation Awards in recognition of CCAP's commitment to making data about the Chicago region accessible, understandable, and actionable.

CCAP logo

CCAP, which is implemented in a partnership with the Chicago Department of Environment, Global Philanthropy Partnership, and Civic Consulting Alliance, has five strategies and 35 actions to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change. The ultimate goal of CCAP is, by 2050, to reduce greenhouse gases 80 percent below 1990 levels. Our partners have played a significant role in developing and implementing the Plan.

The Data Innovation Awards are hosted by Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC), an independent research and consulting group that works with non-profit organizations to improve access to public data.

More Than 1,400 Residents Apply for Second Class of Chicago Career Tech


Carolyn Grisko and Associates

Cecilia Loftus Design

Huron Consulting Group

Lee Hecht Harrison

Mayer Brown

Microsoft Corporation

Chicago Career Tech (CCT) is an innovative career training program developed with the assistance of Civic Consulting and our partners. CCT is operated by World Business Chicago and supported by Civic Consulting.

CCT logo

The program received more than 1,400 applications for its second round of instruction, to begin in mid-October 2010.
Applications have almost doubled from the 750 submissions received for the first round of instruction. The number of spots available in the program has also doubled to nearly 350 in the second round.

Information about the program for applicants, participants, and business and nonprofit partners can be found on the Chicago Career Tech website.

Experienced Civic Fellow Helps Develop Plan to Inform Renters, Home Buyers

Earlier this month, a committee of business people and government officials recommended ways to improve information for tenants and prospective home buyers in Chicago. The committee was a public/private effort to make information available to tenants and home buyers and ensure high-quality construction.

Ellyn Robinson, a lawyer who joined Civic Consulting Alliance through the Civic Fellowship for Experienced Professionals, is currently helping to develop the implementation plan.

To learn more about joining Civic Consulting Alliance as an experienced professional to address pressing local issues, click here.

Help solve Chicago's Big Issues Online With CivicConnect


Bridgewell Partners

CivicConnect, a recently-launched online community to advance solutions for Chicago, is open to new members.

CivicConnect provides new ways to work with Civic Consulting. It is an opportunity for people with a passion for Chicago to work together to solve some of Chicago's most important challenges.
Community members are currently collaborating on plans to reduce violence and develop the city's cultural brand.
To join CivicConnect and contribute your talents, visit