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Joel Bookman

Joel Bookman
Joel Bookman is the President and CEO of Bookman Associates, Inc., providing consulting services in strategic and business planning, economic development, comprehensive community development, and nonprofit management to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporate and philanthropic institutions. Previously, he served as Director of Programs for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago and co-founder and Managing Director of the LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development.

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Reflecting on the Success of Chicago’s New Communities Program and Its Legacy Through Community Organizations Across Chicago

Posted by Joel Bookman on October 13, 2021

It has now been over 20 years since the New Communities Program (NCP), the United States’ largest comprehensive community initiative began. Founded in Chicago by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in collaboration with over 20 community development partners and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New Communities Program took a comprehensive approach to development, incorporating lessons learned from the community development corporation crisis in Chicago in the mid ’90s.

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