NICI was founded in 2020 by Nicor Gas to deepen its commitment to underserved communities. Our target service area is Northern Illinois outside of the City of Chicago. Priority is given to communities that do not have access to the resources available through the City’s Public and nonprofit organizational network.
Economic opportunity for everyone in Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois Community Initiatives (NICI) builds a more vibrant and equitable region by investing in bold economic development initiatives that help communities thrive.
In February of 2021, McCord was named Executive Director of Northern Illinois Community Initiatives, and brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Wendell Dallas serves as president and CEO of Nicor Gas.
Gorenz is director of finance for Nicor Gas.
Binswanger is vice president of external affairs for Nicor Gas.
October 4, 2022• News
A common focus shared by officials and local leaders throughout Illinois is cultivating its communities and infrastructure. The MobilityRead More →
August 19, 2022• News
Funding will support micro-transit strategy, educational enrichment and diverse entrepreneursRead More →
October 18, 2021• News
Foundation will collaborate with local partners to invest in economic development initiatives in under-resourced neighborhoodsRead More →