All posts by Daniel X. O'Neil

Eliminate the Digital Divide Advisory Committee Working Meeting

I chair the Eliminate the Digital Divide Advisory Committee , which advises the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in establishing criteria and procedures for identifying recipients of grants under the Digital Divide Elimination Act.

Here’s meeting notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CF6J9L_uG0xCR5AgbC3_IMMfK76lUlo2lxGQOLqQcXA/edit

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Livestream: Doing Business with Cook County’s Land Banks Training on July 24

Smart Chicago is working with the Cook County Land Bank and other organizations to conduct free training on how to do business with the land bank.

We’ll have a live stream below starting at 10:00am:

Christopher Whitaker and Josh Kalov will conduct a session on how to locate information about properties using myriad public data and online tools. Here’s more info on the training, which is set for July 24, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cook County Land Bank Authority and South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority are open for business, ready and able to work with residents, organizations and businesses to put more than 55,000 vacant and abandoned homes, buildings and parcels back into productive use. The land banks and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), in partnership with Chicago Rehab Network, Community Investment Corporation, Neighborhood Housing Services and Smart Chicago Collaborative, invite you to learn about opportunities to partner with the land banks by attending this free workshop.

This interactive workshop will outline the land banks’ policies, powers and limitations and explain how community development corporations, neighborhood organizations, developers and investors can tap the land banks as resources. Through case studies and best practices, as well as a resource guide, the workshop will cover topics including researching vacant properties, identifying financing options and determining the feasibility of projects.