LISC/Chicago's New Communities Program to be Featured at This Week's Nat'l Symposium on Economic Outlook for Communities

Mar 22, 2011, 17:21 ET from Local Initiatives Support Corporation

CHICAGO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Revitalization work in several Chicago neighborhoods is being featured this week at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) 30th Anniversary Leadership Symposium and Gala in Washington, D.C., a national gathering of thought leaders on community development.

Members of the media are invited to attend.  The event is also being live streamed at

The session highlighting Chicago will take place on Thursday, March 24, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT and will focus on the Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn and Little Village neighborhoods.  Also profiled during that session will be neighborhoods in the Bay Area, Duluth, and rural Pennsylvania.

The LISC symposium runs from March 23-25 and will highlight 10 urban and rural areas around the country where LISC's comprehensive community development program—known in Chicago as the New Communities Program—is helping raise standards of living and improve quality of life.  

Other featured presenters during the event include Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council; Former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania; mayors from Boston, St. Paul, Sacramento and Greenville, Miss.; former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; senior officials from top foundations; several leading economists and journalists; and community leaders.   For the full agenda, visit

About LISC

LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has raised $11.1 billion to build or rehab 277,000 affordable homes and develop 44 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $33.9 billion in total development activity.  For more information, visit

Media contact:
Colleen Mulcahy, LISC/NEF Communications
312-342-8244 or

SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Corporation