Tag: Bridgette Chatman Lewis

Wintrust Bank Branch Coming To Maywood

Monday, April 1, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: A rendering of the new facade of Maywood Plaza created by local artist Shanee Edwards. A branch of Wintrust Financial Corporation will move into the plaza this summer. | File

A new bank is expected to be up and running in Maywood by the summer. Proviso Community Bank, a branch of Wintrust Financial Corporation, recently signed a lease to move into two units inside of Maywood Plaza, 1109-23 W. Madison St.

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Proviso’s Class of 2017 Graduates, Earns Over $30M in Scholarship Money

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The D209 Class of 2017 revel in their achievements — not just graduation but the over $30 million in scholarship money and acceptance letters from over 100 different universities. Below, D209 Supt. Dr. Jesse Rodriguez addresses the graduates. | Courtesy District 209 

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On May 20, the Proviso Township High School District 209’s Class of 2017 strolled across the stage at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion and into a world of opportunity.

The more than 800 graduates, from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School and Proviso Math and Science Academy graduates, accepted their diplomas in front of a crowd of over 7,000 supporters.

Collectively, they earned over $30 million in scholarships and have accumulated acceptance letters to over 100 different universities, school officials said.

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The ceremony featured keynote addresses given by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Bridget Lewis, a business strategist and Proviso East graduate.

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Class of 2017, thank you for contributing to the success of PTHS D209. You make us Proviso Proud and we encourage you to stand strong, continue to inspire, and make a meaningful difference in the world through empowerment and excellence.

For more photographs, click here. VFP

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Op-Ed: Why Is Maywood Struggling Economically?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 || By Bridgette Chatman-Lewis || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

“What does an economically segregated region look like? People living in affluent neighborhoods reap the benefits of good schools, low crime rates and access to public services while those priced out of those areas may have to travel further for access to services, work or school — if they can afford the trip at all,” according to CNN. “The result is the uneven distribution of wealth, which keeps poor neighborhoods poor and limits potential spillover effects of affluence.”

Recently it dawned on us that our firm may not be translating well in one of our adoptive communities: Maywood. As such we thought it important to let the public know why we do the work we’ve embarked on and how our work is related to wealth distribution.

Chatman Lewis Flaggs Group is a business strategy firm that focuses on economic growth initiatives and business turnaround strategies. We research and come up with innovative business models with strategic intent to grow the economy and communities at large.

We then hand off the plan to The Economic Growth Initiative, a nonprofit organization, to engage the community with transparent inclusion toward all economic growth plans.

The strategy is simple: Grow the area’s economic base, include the residents in the formative stages and work with youth to provide jobs and access to career paths that will be fulfilling and sustainable. This is all done in an effort to improve the lives of the underserved.

We accomplish our goals by partnering with some of the brightest minds in the market place to get the job done. We are laser focused when it comes to building up struggling communities such as Maywood.

We are not part of a government and remain apolitical. However, we reach out to government for support and understanding before we begin any work in hopes of growth, job creation and creating an aesthetic landscape in which the entire consumer trade area can participate.

What does that mean?

People within a five-mile radius of our consumer trade area will begin to shop and enjoy the amenities the town has to offer, including but not limited to housing, restaurants and entertainment. The village economy will then experience significant economic growth, which is often a key missing component in underserved areas.

How does this work?

By adding the much-needed goods and services the town lacks and including the residents in employment and service opportunities. Conformity to consumer needs in the trade area is also paramount to sustainable economic growth in underserved communities.

This is what has been offered by the initiative:

  • A manufacturing plant to employ 150 people with a first right of refusal for residents of Maywood.
  • A Quality Grocer installation. Five Pillar Program© – Holistic programs- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Health and Fitness, Sports and Recreation, Career counseling for youth and the community at large.
  • Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship classes.

It is important for the initiative to acknowledge Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins for her support of our firm’s growth initiatives for the Village of Maywood. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the community partners at the Global Business Center and the Maywood Public Library in allocating space for the Five Pillar Programs©.

Last, we’d like to thank the countless resident volunteers that work tirelessly to make the community a thriving one. We are simply in awe of, and most grateful for, the support.

Although it has been difficult to grasp the fact that a village that has been plagued with an anemic economy for decades continues to struggle economically, we are grateful for the mayor’s support and look forward to improving the local economy.

As we continue our works to ‘give back’ and deliver on our planned growth initiatives for the village, we welcome you to join our efforts and build up this struggling community.

How will we accomplish our goals?

With the resident’s support and our equity partners, we should be able to make several economic installations to improve and grow the local economy. We have published a survey: “How WE can improve Maywood” (March 2017).

Back in 2016, the survey was sampled across all four village zones (1-4). The people have stated what they desire and need and we listened. Whatever happens in the village affects the 24,100 people and how they live their lives.

This survey aligns with our firm’s research over the past five years. It is our goal to work with all who would like to see this village move forward and grow economically.

We especially welcome volunteers to join us and we are available to answer questions you may have.

You can read the survey results by clicking here. Contact the firm at info@chatmanlewisconsulting.com. VFP

Bridgette Chatman-Lewis is the founder of Chatman Lewis Consulting and the Economic Growth Initiative. 

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