The goal of B.R.I. is to facilitate development of vibrant, walkable, retail corridors that builds on Bronzeville’s rich retail and entertainment history, while serving the needs of modern-day residents and destination shoppers, and providing local employment and ownership opportunities.
The Renaissance Collaborative partnered with Bronzeville Retail Initiative and became a member of its Steering Committee over two years ago and serves as the host agency. As a community development organization it has raised over $170,000 for BRI successful launch.
Other members of the steering committee includes: Bernita Johnson-Gabriel of QCDC, Sandra Bivens of the 51st Business Association, Sokoni Karanja, Centers for New Horizons and Leroy Kennedy of IIT. BRI strategies are developed to make the redevelopment seamless by the Aldermen of the 3rd and 4th Wards.