Bronzeville Smart Infrastructure Innovation Fund

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Community Economic Development


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Public-Private Partnerships


Solutions that Scale

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The Vision

South Side Community Economic Development Center

 The community’s vision of developing Bronzeville as Innovation Metropolis
has taken root and is growing in earnest… due largely to the hard work of South Side
Community Federal Community Union (CDFI) and Bronzeville Community Development
Partnership, two institutions with compatible missions: building economic development
capacity from the ground up. 

Education & Engagement

Innovation Metropolis Launch Announcement


Chicago's Black Metropolis is the Smart City beginning with the  development of a 

Smart Tech Innovation District 

Microgrid Knowledge Chicago Conference


The Bronzeville Microgrid is a living urban lab of smart energy demonstration projects

Advanced Energy Stakeholders Presentation

Bronzeville/Black Metropolis, Chicago's city-within-a-city is arguably its 1st "Innovation District"

Bronzeville/Black Metropolis, Chicago's city-within-a-city is arguably its 1st "Innovation District"

Greenbuild 2018 @McCormick Place

Special Session: Win-Win-Win! Financing Renewable Energy

Special Session: Win-Win-Win! Financing Renewable Energy: Case Studies, Financial Modeling And Opportunity Zone Program (OZP) Investment Fund Strategies

Bronzeville Smart Journey Map

Friday, November 16
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Tony Smith, Senior Vice President; Community Development Banking - Market Manager, PNC Bank


  • Karen Morgan, President; Dynamic Energy Network
  • Lennox Jackson, President; Urban Equities Inc
  • Robert Wengelm, Senior Vice President of Facilities; the Shedd
  • Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer

On-boarding OZP Bronzeville Smart Quarterly Series


The Bronzeville Community Development Partnership hosts a discussion on collaborative economic development and sustainability strategies in the community. These program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) The series supports the creation of  a nationwide energy workforce development  program.  

Working closely  with the city of Chicago to develop Bronzeville as a net zero zone, and create new enterprises that generate green jobs.

OZ & Brownfields 2.0 Chicago Pitch Contest @ UIC


 Former Michael Reese Hospital redevelopment chosen first among national pool of promising and impactful Opportunity Zone projects.

First-of-its-Kind Opportunity Zone Pitch Competition at UIC 6/19 

The nation's only open Opportunity Zone pitch competition will test the market potential of sites across the country's nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones.  The Chicago BOZ Bootcamp's live pitch competition will put real people with real projects in front of redevelopment pros to judge who has the most compelling OZ investment opportunity potential. 

 Former Michael Reese Hospital site redevelopment picked from national pool of promising Opportunity Zone projects to pitch at unique open competition. 


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3473 S King Dr #512, Chicago, IL 60616, United States