Webinar: Municipal Action on Integration: Exploring Public Private Partnerships

January 19, 2010

Learn about The Gate Project at Porta Palazzo, a municipal regeneration initiative in Turin, Italy,that uses a flexible, participatory approach to community development, and about a successful model of partnership between Chicago Community Trust and multiple stakeholders in themunicipal, community and private sector that are addressing the needs of a growing newcomer community.

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  • Download the Webinar Powerpoint slides (PDF)
  • Watch and listen to the Question and Answer (Q&A) with speakers, Daranee Petsod, Executive Director, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Clare O’Shea, Senior Planner, Village of Mount Prospect, Chicago, and Luca Cianfriglia, Director, “The Gate Project”.

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  • Learn about the Chicago Community Trust’s partnership with municipal governments in the larger Chicago region. The Chicago Community Trust funding model is designed to address the needs of growing newcomer communities while securing wider investment from community and private sector stakeholders that can help build local capacity for the long-term. Watch the Video Presentation.
  • From the the City of Turin, you will learn about The Gate Project at Porta Palazzo, an urban regeneration initiative that uses a flexible, participatory approach to community development. With a wide platform of public and private participation and support, the city of Turin has transformed The Gate from a pilot project into a local development agency that integrates social inclusion, poverty and crime reduction and sustainable urban renewal. Watch the Video Presentation.


Daranee Petsod
Executive Director, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)

Daranee Petsod has worked on social and economic justice issues for the past 22 years. Prior to joining GCIR in December 1998, Daranee was a consultant working with foundations and nonprofits on program planning and communications. She previously served as interim executive director and development director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and was a program officer for the Sophia Fund and the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the United Way, a social worker at a child-welfare agency, and an outreach worker for a refugee women’s services program. Daranee’s areas of expertise include immigrant integration, immigrant and refugee grantmaking, and building the capacity of immigrant-based organizations. Daranee has authored and co-authored a number of publications, most recently Investing in Our Communities: Strategies for Immigrant Integration in 2006. Daranee holds a master’s degree in social policy from the University of Chicago.

Clare O’Shea
Senior Planner, Village of Mount Prospect, Chicago

Clare O’Shea is the Senior Planner for the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois. In her current role, Ms. O’Shea is responsible for long range planning, grant writing, and economic development activities. Ms. O’Shea recently served as the project leader of implementation and construction of Mount Prospect’s Community Connections Center. The Center benefits the community by bringing services to a previously underserved population and is the result of multiple grants awarded to the Village of Mount Prospect from the Chicago Community Trust. The Center opened in August 2009 in collaboration with the Mount Prospect Public Library, District 214 Community Education, Northwest Community Hospital, and Community Consolidated School District 59.

Luca Cianfriglia
Director, “The Gate Project”

Since 2006, Luca has been the director of “The Gate Project”: public- private local development agency born to create, develop and manage specific regeneration projects on the area of Porta Palazzo in Turin. Luca has also been the director of “Parco Dora Committee”: public- private local development agency born to follow the physical and social transformation from industrial area to a new district (13.000 new inhabitant, 1 milion sqm) in Turin. Since 2007 he has been the collaborator with the Deputy Mayor of immigrants integration and urban regeneration policies of the Municipality of Turin. He has also been the project advisor for public organizations in the field of integration, urban regeneration, innovative reusing of abandoned areas, and empowerment of the local communities.

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