Our commitment to Chicago’s neighborhoods and increasing diversity in commercial real estate development is personal. Through the Chicago Emerging Minority Developer Initiative (“CEMDI”), we are helping to build the next generation of African American and Latinx real estate developers in Chicago. Historically, the decision makers and moneymakers in commercial real estate are not from within our communities. While Black and Brown professionals occasionally participate as architects, attorneys, construction companies and subcontractors, there is very little diversity among the developers and owners of commercial real estate.