What is the EDA University Center @ UIC?

The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has designated the UIC Voorhees Center a university center, making a five-year investment beginning October 1, 2016, to help promote economic development in the Chicago Region. The EDA University Center @ UIC joins more than 40 university centers across the nation.

The mission of EDA is

to lead Federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

In line with the EDA mission, the purpose of the EDA Center @ UIC is to promote green industrial development in the Chicago Region with an initial focus on the Calumet Corridor in Southeastern Cook County. By leveraging higher education assets and conducting applied research and technical assistance, the Center will facilitate the creation and dissemination of innovative green economic development strategies and practices that promise to yield sustainable growth and job creation in the region.

The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement is an applied research and technical assistance unit in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area, and CUPPA is a nationally recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas.

Since its founding in 1978, the Voorhees Center has been guided by the mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Chicago and the metropolitan area. To this end, it works in collaboration with community and government partners, as well as with UIC faculty and graduate students, to develop grounded research to support the revitalization of communities.