This study presents the results of a market and financial analysis for a community based video production corp. (VPC), conducted by the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) for the Community Television Network (CTVN). The VPC would be established as a second step in a comprehensive three tiered CTVN program, comprising basic training, on the job training (OJT), and job placement.
The United Neighborhood Organization of Southeast Chicago (UNO) has requested the assistance of the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center and the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in assessing current economic development activities in the Southeast Chicago area and in determining potential future economic development strategies for UNO.
Based on an analysis of population statistics and day care services in 62 Cook County communities the CEI board at its April meeting selected 6 areas for detailed study. The Center for Urban Economic Development was asked to coordinate the efforts of CEI staff and volunteers. Since then, the CEI Day care Advisory Committee has met twice and added and deleted some areas.
Over the past five years, the construction of numerous high-rise office buildings has transformed the character of Chicago's Loop by significantly diminishing street-level retail activity. More than half (52 percent) of the retail stores in buildings torn down to make way for the current building boom have not relocated and have gone out of business. In addition, those that have relocated were pushed from the prime retail area to more peripheral locations. The proportion of businesses located in non-prime areas has risen from 20 to 45 percent of the total.
At the request of The Neighborhood Institute (TNI), the University of Illinois Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) investigated the feasibility of a training program for micro-computer repair. The purpose of the program would be to provide residents of Chicago's South Shore community, especially those with low-moderate income and limited educational background, with a marketable job skill. The program would complement TNI's community development activities and its educational programs.
CUED performed the following activities:
This study analyzes the feasibility of developing a community energy retrofit business for the Uptown and Edgewater communities of Chicago. It also explores alternative actions for addressing energy problems in this area.
The study was developed by the Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) of the University of Illinois at Chicago for the Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.) and its subsidiary, Community Ventures, Inc. (CVI). It is part of the on-going effort by the latter to face problems created by rising utility costs in these communities.
The University of Illinois Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) has analyzed the feasibility of rehabilitating and operating the Harvey Theater building located in the City of Harvey, Illinois. The multi-purpose facility would include an auditorium, a kitchen, and offices or classrooms, in addition to the movie theater. The proposed multi-purpose facility would be rented to individuals and organizations to hold such activities as meetings, dances, and banquets.
An Assessment of the Economic Conditions of Humboldt Park and West Town and Options for Economic Development
This report presents the results of research on employment, business opportunities and selected socio-economic indicators depicting the current conditions of the West Town and Humboldt Park communities of Chicago. It was prepared by the Center for Urban Economic Development of the University of Illinois at Chicago (CUED) for Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation (BRC). The report completes the first phase of a planning process initiated by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation in December of 1982 to create additional employment opportunities for study area residents.
The present city administration and the previous administration both made commitments to increase the representation of neighborhood groups in the planning and decision making for the city. Neighborhood planning boards were put forward as the vehicle for this participation. These discussions to form neighborhood planning boards by city officials has stimulated the interest of the Grand Boulevard Community Development Corporation (GBCDC) to investigate the possibility of forming such a board.
Energy Conservation in the Low and Moderate Income Residential Sector: Possibilities and Contradictions
Since 1981 the University of Illinois Center for Urban Economic Development has conducted three market and financial feasibility studies requested by community-based organizations interested in starting energy conservation ventures. The three groups were located in different areas of the city of Chicago, South Shore, Lower Westside and Uptown, but shared the same ideas and purposes for considering an energy conservation venture.