The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is pleased to announce that Always Growing Auburn Gresham is the recipient of the Chicago Prize.
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Led by Carlos Nelson of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, Erika Allen of Urban Growers Collective, and Jason Feldman of Green Era Partners, the Always Growing Auburn Gresham team is composed of two investment-ready capital projects poised to reinvigorate this South Side, predominantly Black neighborhood back into a thriving destination. The Healthy Lifestyle Hub and Green Era Renewable Energy and Urban Farm Campus are projects that come directly from Auburn Gresham’s community-driven Quality-of-Life Plan.
To achieve the goals of the community plan, the projects will yield tremendous economic growth for the neighborhood. The Hub will provide more than 300 construction and 300 professional jobs, equitable access to health care, and significant entrepreneurial opportunities. The campus will put Chicago’s South Side on the map for the green economy with a greenhouse space that will grow an estimated 14,000 – 26,000 pounds of food annually. The development projects will also bring needed supportive services to the neighborhood and will transform two vacant city blocks into vibrant and welcoming community spaces.
Perhaps most exciting of all, the Auburn Gresham team proposed a unique initiative structure, which gives the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation a financial stake in the campus’ anaerobic digestor enterprise and allows for a share of its profits to be reinvested into the community.
Auburn Gresham’s initiative represents strong and dedicated local leadership, a plan with deep roots in the community, and projects that respond to the needs of residents and set the stage for additional investment.