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CCLBA is Hiring!
Cook County Land Bank Authority is seeking a qualified professional to serve as Acquisition Specialist. Under the general direction of the Senior Acquisitions Manager, this team member will monitor and assist in the day-to-day activities of the property acquisitions and disposition process. He/she will participate in developing and implementing the CCLBA’s property acquisition strategy, conduct ongoing research on housing market conditions, identify opportunities for strategic acquisition, and validate property appraisal assumptions for potential acquisitions. For a more complete description of this position, including minimum qualifications and how to apply, please click here.
New and Improved CCLBA Website
It took several months of planning, rebuilding, and tweaking, but CCLBA has a brand-new website. At the heart of the site is the CCLBA eProperty Plus property portal. Using this industry-leading technology, CCLBA is able to list all properties currently in its inventory, with basic descriptions, photos, and more. The system, created by STR Grants LLC of Virginia, also provides interactive mapping capabilities and the ability for a visitor to apply to acquire a property directly over the website. It is updated in real time by CCLBA staff, meaning visitors will always know what CCLBA has to offer.
CCLBA is also planning to list “pending acquisitions,” which will include properties available to be acquired by CCLBA, but not yet in our possession. Examples will include vacant lots, large industrial or commercial sites, or properties subject to acquisition through the Cook County “scavenger sale.” Having properties listed in advance helps CCLBA match interested parties to properties before we acquire. This is in keeping with our strategy of having disposition (end-use) lead acquisition efforts. The website also simplifies internal navigation and makes it more intuitive for users to locate information on CCLBA activities, policies, and procedures.
Have a question for CCLBA? Here is who you can contact:
Eric Williams, Senior Acquisitions Director, is responsible for identifying properties and bringing them into the land bank. If you are interested in acquiring property or conveying it to the CCLBA, start with Eric at []  or our website.

Natasha M. Cornog, Executive Assistant, is responsible for managing our calendars, responding to requests for speakers, and providing support to our staff. If you are interested in having someone from CCLBA speak at your next function or would like to discuss a partnership opportunity, please don't hesitate to reach out to Natasha at [].

Alex Simmons, Planning Analyst, is responsible for maintaining our website and conducting deep dives into different properties or inventories. Alex also manages our mapping functions. Having a research idea or planning project for CCLBA- Alex is your man [].
Brian White, Executive Director, is responsible for overall direction of the CCLBA. Brian works closely with our municipal, government, and community partners. If one of the other staff don’t have the answer, he will.

Upcoming Event

Cook County Land Bank Authority Monthly Board Meeting: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM, Location: Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60603



One-day crash course in affordable housing development:
CCLF's Project Readiness Workshop
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Specially designed for organizations new to the field of affordable housing development, this one-day crash course will lay the foundation for your project planning success.
At this full-day workshop, our expert presenters will cover:
  • Organizational Capacity: How will the project support your mission? What key issues do you need to consider when deciding if your organization should become a developer?
  • The development process, including interactive exercises.
  • Affordable housing policy and the importance of advocacy. 
  • Negotiating contracts and working with architects, contractors, title companies and other professionals. 
  • Financing rules of thumb for multifamily and single-family affordable housing developments and how to estimate financial need.
  • Practice putting together a development proforma and budget, including available sources of financing.
  • What lenders look for in your financing application.
Register before October 24th to receive the early registration discount!
  • WHEN: Tuesday, November 11, 8:45 am-5:00 pm
  • WHERE: CCLF, 29 E Madison St, Suite 1700, Chicago IL 60602
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Available for nonprofit organizations and students; email for an application. 
  • Light lunch and breakfast will be provided.
Learn more and register here
For more information, visit CCLF's website or contact the workshop coordinator, 
Aaron Akers, at (312) 252-0440 x 101 or



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