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Welcome to the new South East Chicago Commission!

On Thursday March 15, the SECC provided an exclusive sneak peek of our new mission and logo to over 100 supporters at our third annual “A Night at the Theater” fundraiser to support the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant beautification projects for Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and Woodlawn communities.

The night began at 5:30PM with a reception at the Smart Museum of Art  followed by 7:30PM opening night performance at Court Theatre of the critically claimed play “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, based on the 40-year-old iconic film.

Diane Burnham, Executive Director, Shirley Newsome, Board Chair, and Raymonde Vance, Office Administrator showcase the SECC’s new logo and mission.

While introducing the new branding and identity, it was also important to note that the South East Chicago Commission is a now a new autonomously governed organization, independent of the University of Chicago.  Under the leadership of Executive Director Diane Burnham, with full support of the Board of Directors,  the SECC can forge new collaborations and partnership in support of its new mission.

The SECC’s mission is 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 to promote the creation of jobs, investment and economic vitality.

We hope you are excited as we are about our new journey and service to the community.

Thanks to Jared L. Kelly and CEI Media Group for the designs, brand development and communications support!