Since its inception in 2014, Near West Side Partners has demonstrated its ability to make transformational change in the Near West Side.
That year, Harley-Davidson convened a group of anchor institutions – legacy companies and organizations with deep roots in the neighborhood, including Advocate Aurora Health, Marquette University, Molson Coors and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation – to commit to supporting the revitalization of the neighborhood. Working with business owners, community leaders, and residents, this team developed a new, innovative approach to leveraging the neighborhoods’ many positive assets to address its challenges. Near West Side Partners became the vehicle for that work.
In 2015, NWSP launched its first major program, the Promoting Assets Reducing Crime (PARC) initiative; an innovative, data-driven, and place-based model of community collaboration to address neighborhood challenges. PARC is a cross-collaborative, private-public partnership that works to address the needs of the community in four areas: (1) safety, (2) housing, (3) commercial corridor development and (4) neighborhood identity and branding.
This initiative has set the tone for the work NWSP has undertaken ever since, guided always by its collaborative nature and mission to be a positive force for revitalization.