CEMDI Connects

CEMDI Connects welcomes, Commissioner Maurice Cox, Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Commissioner Marisa Novara Department of Housing (DOH) to provide updates on the recent expansion of the INVEST South/West initiative.

During the webinar, guests will learn more about ChiBlock Builder, a new online portal and The Come Home and Ready, Build— two exciting new initiatives minority and emerging developers can access to further develop their portfolio of real estate development projects. 

In addition, the DOH and DPD team will share recommendations on how to prepare to respond to the upcoming RFP’s. See below for a brief overview of The Come Home and Ready, Build Initiatives.

Chaston Montgomery, Senior Loan Officer with CIC will also present information on the current TIF Purchase Rehab Grants, Woodlawn Construction Loans and current Multi-Family Loan programs.

Lastly, there will be an opportunity for a brief Q & A with Commissioner Cox (DPD), Commissioner Novara (DOH) and members of the CEMDI leadership team, Leon I. Walker, Esq., Managing Partner, DL3 Realty, L.P. and Graham C. Grady, Partner, TAFT Law.

CEMDI Connects advances opportunities to connect emerging developers to professional service firms to build the capacity of their development teams and back-office infrastructure. CEMDI Connects also assists emerging developers to identify financial resources to support the successful implementation of real estate development projects.

Presenters, from left to right:

Commissioner Maurice Cox, City of Chicago DPD
Commissioner Marisa Novara, City of Chicago DOH
Leon I. Walker, Esq.,
Managing Partner DL3 Realty, L.P.
Graham C. Grady, Partner, TAFT Law 
Chaston Montgomery, Sr. Loan Officer, CIC

Welcome & Overview of CEMDI
Graham C. Grady, Partner TAFT Law/

Strengthening the Pipeline of Black
and Brown Developers

Leon I. Walker, Esq. Managing Partner DL3 Realty

Commissioner Maurice Cox, DPD

Commissioner Marisa Novara, DOH

The Come Home Initiative
Gerardo Garcia, Deputy Commissioner, DPD
John Law, Assistant Commissioner DPD

Ready, Build Initiative
Tim Jefferies, Acting Managing Deputy Commissioner DPD
Martin Sorge, Economic Development Coordinator DPD

TIF Purchase-Rehab Program
& Woodlawn Construction Loan Fund

Chaston Montgomery, Sr. Loan Officer, CIC

Moderated Q & A