The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Alumni Association

Proudly presents the third installment in the 2004 Spring Speakers Series:


Better Collaboration--Better Development

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

TIME           Registration starting at 5:30pm, panel discussion beginning at 6pm,

followed by question and answer session

LOCATION Prairie Avenue Bookstore

418 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605 



Jennifer Tammen, Director of Planning, Norwood Builders



Rick Cavenaugh, Chief Operating Officer, Fifield Companies
Mike Chen, Director of Development Services, Village of Oak Park
Eliud Medina, Executive Director, Near Northwest Neighborhood Network
Stephen Porras, Vice President, Acquisitions and Affordable Housing, LR Development Company



Join our panel of experts as they start to answer these questions. The moderator and panelists will provide examples and perspectives on public-private partnerships, interaction with the community, and the importance of community buy-in for creating a true win-win development.

Community members have always been interested in how their cities and neighborhoods are developed and redeveloped, and new laws and developer and planner outreach have facilitated their participation in development decisions. Neighborhood groups often take an active role in the interplay between elected officials and the development community. Elected officials are also learning how to better integrate the community’s voice into the public process for development. As a result, developers are becoming more cognizant of the community and its role in development and successful developers are savvy in their understanding of and approach to working with elected officials and the communities they represent, and see the benefits of the public process. Community stakeholders benefit from being aware of the various perspectives of the key players in the development arena. Understanding among parties is critical to establishing strong working relationships between all groups to ensure that development projects are both responsive to the needs of the community and financially feasible for the investor.


Registration Fee:


Alumni Association members*-$5


*Current members of the CUPPA Alumni Association.  Non-members who join while registering for the event receive a special discount on admission, Please call or e-mail for details

For more information or to register,

please contact Cathy Sanders at or 312.996.2161.

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Panelist Biographies