This document reports the findings of research by the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois (UICUED) on behalf of twenty-five non-profit organizations that provide services to the residents of West Town and other West Side neighborhoods. The twenty-five organizations include local churches, block clubs, banks and other community development organizations. Twelve of these organizations administer programs that focus on the West Town community.
The University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Urban Economic Development (UICUED) held a series of meetings with community-based organizations and community residents in the Austin neighborhood during 1994. Austin is a primarily African-American community of almost 100,000 people on the far West Side of Chicago with many pockets of poverty and attendant social ills.
The following report is a contribution to the efforts of the City of Chicago and the Mayor's Office of Employment and Training to implement a job impact analysis program. The main purpose of this program is to increase job opportunities for Chicagoans through the selection of those city spending and investment policies that have the greatest job creation potential. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary to develop the capacity to predict the employment impacts of alternative city expenditure patterns.
The purpose of this project is to study the role of a regional airport authority and to determine if such an authority would be an advantageous vehicle for the City of Chicago to expand air transportation capacity. In addition, cities which have annexed land to build airports will also be studied to determine how development was controlled around the airport in order to allow for future expansion and increase in the number of flights.
These reports are part of an evaluation of Beth New Life's Health Care Career Ladder (HCCL) initiative.
This report presents results of an analysis of the issue of the relationship between real estate development and property tax increases in DuPage County, Illinois during the 1980's. The motivation for this analysis is the interest of the East-West Corporate Corridor Association in clarifying issues raised by the report Impacts of Development on DuPage County Property Taxes (DuPage County Development Department, 1991a and 1991b).
A Methodology and Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Economic Development Programs: Technical Documentation
Three case studies were performed using the CUED Evaluation spreadsheet. These studies follow the methodology for measuring the benefits and costs of economic development programs as detailed in Reports 362-A and 362-B.The three case studies that were performed are: Continental Envelope Corporation, Pizza Capri, and Site Reuse.
A Methodology and Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Economics Development Programs: Manual for Cost-Benefit Analysis Using the UICUED Evaluation Spreadsheet
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development carries out numerous economic development projects to promote the welfare of the City. In a democratic government there will always be contending strategy agendas reflecting legitimate differences in viewpoint and interest between different groups within the City. Too often, however, disputes over specific projects have been based on inadequate information concerning the expected economic impacts of those projects.
A Methodology and Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Economics Development Programs: Manual for Cost-Benefit Analysis Using the UICUED Evaluation Spreadsheetand the REMI Model.
The purpose of this manual is to familiarize potential users with the CUED Evaluation Spreadsheet for performing cost-benefit analysis of economic development projects in Chicago. For a detailed description of the economic theory and estimation techniques used in constructing the Evaluation Spreadsheet, see Technical Documentation. It should be understood from the start that the Evaluation Spreadsheet is a tool that helps to characterize projects, but can in no way replace policy analysis.
The purpose of the "Creating a High Performance Economy in Chicago" project is to explore new opportunities for sectoral development. The concept behind this project is that public-private partnerships may be able to stimulate local economic development that contributes to a high performance economy. A high performance economy is one that builds on local business, labor, and infrastructure assets, while simultaneously advancing their quality in order to assure the region's long-term competitiveness.
The research focused on three main tasks: