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Jim Capraro

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Jim Capraro is an American community organizer and activist. In the early 1970s he pursued the passage of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

Capraro assumed his position as the founding Executive Director of the Greater Southwest Development Corp. (GSDC) in January 1976, and continues as its Chief Executive Officer today. GSDC has been designated by the National Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation as a national model" for commercial revitalization, and was selected by the Chicago Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as the recipient of the "Outstanding Community Development Organization" award.[1][not in citation given]

GSDC has achieved over $500 million in community development projects and has created or retained over 6,000 jobs in its Southwest Chicago neighborhood, over the past 30 years. GSDC's development projects range from small business to the creation of elderly housing, siting major retailers, and the $300 million expansion of the world's largest bakery,[citation needed] Nabisco.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "GSDC". Greatersouthwest.org. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. "Chicagoans of the Year - 1994". Chicagomag.com. Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved 19 June 2015.

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Legendary Locals of Chicago Lawn and West Lawn
  • Race, chapter "The Park", by Studs Terkel
  • "Dealin' in the hood" by John McCarron, Chicago Tribune, June 26, 2001
  • New Urban Leaders, by Joyce Ladner, The Brookings Institution, 2002
  • "Community Organizing + Community Development = Community Transformation" by James F. Capraro, The Journal of Urban Affairs, Volume 26, Number 2, 2004



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