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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-8-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, upcoming CMAP meetings, a new Policy Update on the Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in our cluster series, another Policy Update on how other regions use revenues from express toll lanes, the adoptions of a sustainability plan for the Village of Niles and a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lakemoor, and news on Energy Impact Illinois (EI2). Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

 

First Off...

CMAP meetings. The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The Regional Coordinating Committee will meet prior to the Board at 8:00 a.m. And the MPO Policy Committee will meet the following day at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Manufacturing cluster report. The Policy Updates blog described the Advanced Manufacturing Scorecard developed for Metropolitan Chicago's Manufacturing Cluster: A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure, the second report in our cluster series. Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/policy/drill-downs/manufacturing for the summary report, a more-detailed technical report, and an interactive version of the Scorecard and occupational analysis. Read more about the report in World Business Chicago's Economic Focus eNewsletter, Northwest Herald, Journal & Topics, and Columbia Chronicle.

Congestion pricing revenues. While the primary aim of congestion pricing is to manage traffic, not raise revenues, a new Policy Update assesses how other regions use revenues from express toll lanes. Such projects generally pay for their own operations, and net revenues can help support transit, carpool, and sometimes help pay for roadway construction. Visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing to learn more about CMAP's efforts to implement congestion pricing in northeastern Illinois. To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or ealeman@cmap.illinois.gov).

 

Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. On February 26, the Niles Village Board unanimously adopted its Environmental Action Plan. One of the plan's recommendations to create a village-wide bicycle and pedestrian plan will be funded with a grant from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program. On February 28, the Lakemoor Village Board unanimously adopted its comprehensive plan. Read more in the Northwest Herald. The Morton Grove Champion described efforts to create a plan for Morton Grove's industrial areas. The Village of Riverside will hold an open house for its draft Central Business Disctrict plan on March 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall (27 Riverside Road, Room 4, Riverside). The Oak Lawn Patch and Southtown Star covered the 95th Street Corridor Study underway in Oak Lawn. We also launched a new project web page for an Innovation in Parking Management plan under development for the Chicago neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Bucktown. A March update for all LTA projects is now available at www.cmap.illinois.gov/lta.

EI2 in the news. The Wednesday Journal and Highland Park News described rebates currently available through Energy Impact Illinois. Individuals can receive up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for efficiency upgrades to save energy and improve the comfort of their homes. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at eplagman@cmap.illinois.gov. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

Drivers of economic growth. Crain's Chicago Business took an in-depth look at economic drivers in the Loop and beyond in metropolitan Chicago. The feature also included a piece on DuPage, an interactive page of infographics, and a look at policy implications.

CMAQ in the news. The Chicago Tribune wrote about the expansion of Pace's Bus on Shoulder program to more frequent service on the Stevenson Expressway, as well as the addition of express bus routes for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. The original I-55 pilot and its expansions are partially funded through our Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Manufacturing jobs. Crain's had another manufacturing story this week, describing employment gains and mentioning the new CMAP manufacturing cluster drill-down report.

Logistics event. Moraine Valley Community College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College will host "Logistics Unchained: What Links are Missing in Your Supply Chain?" on March 21 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at MVCC (Business and Conference Center, 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills). Attendees will learn about logistics industry trends, challenges, career path metrics, and more.

Proposed IDNR rule change. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on proposed rules changes for the allocation of Lake Michigan water. Comments will be accepted through April 5, 2013.

Great Lakes priorities. The Great Lakes Commission released its 2013 federal legislative priorities, which include helping communities upgrade aging water infrastructure. Read more about the importance of maintaining water infrastructure on our Policy Updates blog.

 

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog notified readers of three new freely-available educational presentations by the National Complete Streets Coalition on the complete streets approach to transportation policy and design. We also featured a new website called WalkSteps.org, which offers strategies communities can use to become more pedestrian-friendly.

Policy Updates. Last Friday, Governor Quinn issued an executive order to create a steering committee for the Millennium Reserve open space project. CMAP will be represented on the steering committee -- along with members from local, state, and federal governments and from non-profit environmental and outdoor recreation organizations.

 

Reminders

Food conference. The Good Food Festival and Conference will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum (725 W. Roosevelt, Chicago) from March 14 to 16. The conference includes a Food Policy Summit on March 15, which will feature a CMAP-led panel on policy and project work to strengthen the region's local food system. To learn more about supporting sustainable local food, view a video and related materials at www.cmap.illinois.gov/food.

Chaddick Municipal Development Award. DePaul University's Chaddick Institute requests nominations for its 2013 Municipal Development Award. Applications are due March 18. Contact Kate Witherspoon (563-505-6826 or kkwitherspoon@gmail.com).

GO TO 2040 implementation report. CMAP has released Moving Forward: Implementation Report, 2012, our second annual GO TO 2040 implementation report. In conjunction with the report, we printed a combination poster-brochure and would love to see it on walls across the region. Please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us, and we can make a box available for distribution by partner organizations. Contact Hillary Green (hgreen@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8619).

Stormwater BMP seminar. The Conservation Foundation will hold its fourth "Beyond the Basics: Stormwater Best Management Practices seminar" on March 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bobak's Signature Events (6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge). In related news, a new CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information on the publication, contact Jesse Elam (jelam@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8688).

 

Events

Big Rock planning meeting
March 11, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Village Fire Department: 48W863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock
Hosted by the Village of Big Rock, Kane County, and CMAP
More information

 


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