Economic prosperity for all
We believe that economic prosperity is vitally important to our region, especially for the disadvantaged. An improved economy helps everyone.
Economic development is all about attracting and retaining talent, and people with talent want to live in cities that have a vibrant downtown, attractive and welcoming public spaces, and rich artistic and cultural opportunities. Placemaking is an investment proven to have a “multiplier effect” that attracts a talented workforce, employers and jobs.
Our Current Placemaking Focus
We may lead projects that no one else is working on, or we may collaborate on existing projects where we can address gaps and sticking points.
To start, we will focus first on the region’s urban core, which is the Michigan Avenue corridor, from the Capitol to Abbot Road, and ¼ mile to the north and south of the avenue, including the downtown riverfront.
Learn more about our placemaking contest here.