Mayor Lori Lightfoot


Mayor Lightfoot Seeks to Support Urban Agriculture in the City with Community Growers Program

On Wednesday Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) issued a joint RFP for the Food Equity: Community Growers Program. According to a release issued by the Mayor’s Press Office, this is a $2 million program designed to invest in urban agriculture, and increase food equity in communities with a history of disinvestment. This will be accomplished by fostering the development of local growers to fight food scarcity. The release continues by stating that “through this RFP, the City will provide funding from the Chicago Recovery Plan to one nonprofit organization to serve as a lead delegate agency for the Community Growers Program. This lead delegate agency will provide grants and ongoing technical assistance to awarded growers to ensure project success by understanding the specific needs of each individual project site and provide the appropriate support.”

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Ground Breaks on Englewood Connect, a Culinary Food Hub at 6204 S Green Street

On Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office released a statement following the groundbreaking of the much anticipated Englewood Connect, a $13.9 million culinary food hub located at 6204 S Green Street in Englewood. Plans include restoring and repurposing the landmark Engine Co. 84 firehouse as a commercial kitchen and event space in the heart of the Englewood neighborhood to create a centralized gathering hub for community members. Englewood Connect is part of the broader INVEST South/West project which aims to revitalize 10 West and South side community areas. Mayor Lightfoot is leveraging nearly $2 billion in public and private investment commitments to fund these projects.

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We Will Chicago Releases a Draft for Public Input

A draft of the We Will Chicago framework plan has been released, offering an initial look at what would be the first citywide plan in more than 50 years. As previously reported “We Will Chicago” is the first citywide initiative of its kind since the “1966 Comprehensive Plan.” We Will’s efforts are still evolving, but the three-year citywide planning initiative prioritizes equity, resiliency, and engagement to create an inclusive vision for the future of Chicago.

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