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Measuring an Era -- The Smart Communities pilot has reached its quantitative goals, but its impact goes even further 

Report: Web Use Way Up in Smart CommunitiesReport: Web Use Way Up in Smart Communities

Smart Communities News—New report shows Internet use up by 15 percent in LISC Chicago's Smart Communities.

Job Search 2.0Job Search 2.0

Smart Communities News—By linking help with technology to employment assistance, the Englewood FamilyNet Center doubles up what it offers local residents

Community PortalsCommunity Portals

Our Programs—Each of the five Smart Communities has its own community portal, with information posted by local residents, businesses, nonprofits and other institutions. Search the Internet for the latest news and… Continue

Small, Smart and ReadySmall, Smart and Ready

Smart Communities News—Thanks to a well-designed series of workshops, dozens of small businesses in Pilsen are better prepared to succeed.

Lessons for LifeLessons for Life

Smart Communities News—With support from Comcast, a tech training in Englewood helps local residents get ready for school and career.

FamilyNet CentersFamilyNet Centers

Our Programs—Each FamilyNet Center is a convenient neighborhood resource designed to help local residents make computers part of their lives. To use the Internet to find a job, write to the local alderman, read… Continue

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The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Humboldt Park and Pilsen. Created with input from residents and led by local organizations, the program is building a culture of digital excellence that supports neighborhood goals—from education to economic development, from safety to youth programs. Learn more.

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