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Comcast invited the SECC to participate in the January Community 411. Community 411 features guests sharing updates about what is happening with their organizations, resources, and services. SECC’s Executive Director, Diane Burnham gave a fantastic preview of what’s to come this year! CLICK TO WATCH.

2022 marks an exciting year for the SECC as we embark on the 70th anniversary of our journey!

The SECC works to facilitate and support economic development within the Southeast lakefront communities of Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn to foster collaboration and coordination among businesses, organizations and institutions.

In the first half of 2022, the SECC will be working to continue to support small businesses through our Neighborhood Business Development Center and Special Service Area 61 aka Downtown Hyde Park Chicago with customer attraction strategies, technical assistance and resources to city and state grant opportunities. In 2021, amidst the pandemic, the SECC served over 400 businesses with free business consultations and comprehensive resources.

We will also continue to:

  1. Support the 12th annual Woodlawn Community Summit slated for April 2022,
  2. Fundraise for our 21st year of the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program that provides beautification microgrants every summer to community groups,
  3. Prepare for the expansion of the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market for June, and
  4. Plan our 4th annual Regional and Economic Development Symposium for October 2022.

As concerns about the pandemic continue to affect how we live, interact and operate, SECC will continue to share updates and guidance to help our communities stay strong and vibrant. We invite you to continue to shop locally, shop small and support women and minority owned businesses throughout the year.

We wish our entire city good health and peace this year and beyond.