Community Economic Development Research Cluster
The Community Economic Development Research Cluster at GCI brings together
UIC researchers and programs that share a broad conceptualization of
community development, one that is comprehensive and considers the interrelationships
between the social, economic, environmental conditions of the community
and its relationship to the city as a whole. GCI’s UIC Neighborhoods
Initiative (UICNI) program has incorporated the cluster’s activities
with current UICNI activities as a base to expand and create new research
projects. The cluster is designed to be a vehicle that encourages, enhances,
and sustains scholarship and new partnerships in the areas of community
and economic development at UIC.
The goals of the Community Economic Development Research Cluster are as
• To help create the infrastructure to support
engaged research in community and economic development and, along
with the Center for Urban Economic Development and the Voorhees Neighborhood
Center, become a driving engine of this research within UIC. This
goal is to be accomplished by developing projects driven by community/university
• To promote and disseminate research findings, results, and
experience in this topic area.
Atanacio ‘Nacho’ Gonzalez
Atanacio Gonzalez is Coordinator of the Community
and Economic Development Research Cluster at GCI. Gonzalez is Associate
Director of the UIC Neighborhoods Initiative and is a Fellow at Great
for Nacho's Bio.
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Recent Past Events
Wednesday, April 16
Global Decisions, Local Foreclosures:
The Subprime Crisis and the New World (Dis)Order
Featuring David Ranney, UIC Professor Emeritus,
Former Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development
View the flier for this event.
November 1, 2007
The Mortgage Lending Crisis:
Implications for Our Communities
This event convened a panel of experts to provide a deeper perspective on the mortgage
crisis and to draw out implications at the national, regional and local levels. Click on the link
above to view key facts and resources on the mortgage lending crisis, to download podcasts of the
event, or to view a slide presentation given during the event.
April 24, 2007
Throw it Away Manual Workshop
with Peg Strobel
May 1, 2007
Does Urban Design Influence
Property Values in High-Poverty Urban Neighborhoods?
with Brent Ryan
and Rachel Weber
April 3, 2007
Challenges in Planning for
Hajj, the Annual Muslims’ Pilgrimage to Makkah:
for Complex Planning
with Kheir Al-Kodmany, Director of
Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy
Program at UIC, and former Fellow at Great Cities Institute.
February 20, 2007
Saul Alinsky in Berlin?
Citizen Organizing in Modern Germany
with Tom Lenz, Lead
Organizer with Lake County United and former Fellow at Great Cities