Mayor Lightfoot is focused on creating inclusive economic growth across all of Chicago’s 77 communities and reversing the trend of historic disinvestment faced on our South and West sides.
- Shortly after taking office, Mayor Lightfoot announced her administration’s signature economic development program, INVEST South/West, to bring over $750 million in public and private investment to ten South and West side communities. INVEST South/West has already mobilized over $370 million in public and private investment in these neighborhoods since it launched.
- In Spring 2021, Mayor Lightfoot launched the $3.7 billion Chicago Works plan to improve infrastructure in all 77 community areas and create jobs for Chicagoans. Chicago Works is investing in street repaving, bikeways, bridges, public art, streetscapes, libraries, firehouses, and more.
- Chicago is addressing rapid development and gentrification to prevent the displacement of long-time residents as a result of Mayor Lightfoot’s leadership on the revised Affordable Requirements Ordinance. The new ordinance will create much-needed affordable housing in neighborhoods across the city and help address the legacy of racial segregation.
- Mayor Lightfoot knows that small businesses are the backbone of our city’s economy. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our city, she established the largest municipal series of grant and loan programs to provide Chicago’s small businesses with economic relief.
- Chicago hasn’t published a comprehensive citywide plan for neighborhood development since 1966. Mayor Lightfoot’s administration is changing that with We Will Chicago, the city’s new citywide planning initiative.
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