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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-26-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the Illinois Tollway convened its fourth annual Earth Day summit, the West Central Municipal Conference became the latest group to pass resolution in support of congestion pricing, new Policy Updates on revenue shortfalls and their impact on state capital program financing, the latest edition of the Illinois Innovation Index, and recent news from Springfield. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

 

First Off...

Earth Day summit. For the fourth straight year, the Illinois Tollway convened its Earth Day Summit of our region's transportation agencies this past Monday. The event is billed as an opportunity for regional leaders to "come together to share ideas, debate options and, ultimately, attempt to reach a consensus on ways to finance multimodal transportation projects." CMAP Board member Frank Beal was among the speakers.

Congestion pricing campaign. This week the West Central Municipal Conference became the latest group to pass a resolution in support of congestion pricing. To support CMAP's efforts on this issue, please contact Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or ealeman@cmap.illinois.gov).

Policy Updates. CMAP's Policy Updates blog examined how revenue shortfalls may jeopardize state capital program financing. We also covered the latest edition of the Illinois Innovation Index, which provides recent data on four building blocks of innovation. Also featured is the Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) release of its FY 2014-19 Highway Program, and recent news from Springfield.

Market Facts. The Daily Herald's annual Market Facts magazine is now on newsstands, featuring a section based on the GO TO 2040 annual implementation report. To order a copy of the magazine, contact Richard Klicki (rklicki@dailyherald.com or 847-427-4507).

 

Other News Announcements

LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:

CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on the launch of a community-led plan for Chinatown, a new CMAP toolkit to help communities plan for the physical character of development, and more.

CMAQ in the news. The Chicago Tribune previewed the City of Chicago's planned launch of a new bike sharing program "Divvy Bikes," which is partially funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. In other CMAQ news, on April 30, the Illinois Partners for Clean Air -- in partnership with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency -- will launch the Illinois Air Quality Flag Program for Chicago area schools. Schools involved in the program will fly a color-coded flag to indicate the day's air quality.

EI2 in the news. The U.S. Department of Energy featured Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) in its April Better Buildings Neighborhood View newsletter. EI2 is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. 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.

CCT anniversary. The Chicago Community Trust will host its 98th Anniversary Celebration to highlight the impact of donors, volunteers, and grant recipients from the Chicago metropolitan area on April 30 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph, Chicago).

County Green. The College of Lake County will host the fourth annual County Green conference on May 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will focus on renewable energy, transportation, water, and other sustainability issues.

Bike transportation plan. IDOT has launched a new website for the draft Illinois Bike Transportation Plan, which includes a comprehensive overview of the draft plan and opportunities for the public to submit feedback, view the plan's progression, and collaborate with IDOT.

TIGER grants. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of $473.8 million in "TIGER" discretionary grants for National Infrastructure Investments. Applicants can begin applying on April 29 at http://www.grants.gov/ and final applications are due June 3.

Great Lakes Rail Corridor. The Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program is soliciting public input on preliminary route analysis between Chicago's Union Station and Porter, Indiana. A self-guided presentation of the alternatives analysis process is available on-line and feedback can be submitted until May 29.

Circle Interchange. Chicago Magazine described the history of the Circle Interchange and the plans for redesigning the highway. In March, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee voted to amend GO TO 2040 by adding Circle Interchange improvements to the plan's list of fiscally constrained projects.

 

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured information on the May 15 Illinois Bike Summit in Normal, IL. We also described a final rule on the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration's implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act, which is aimed at streamlining the environmental review process by establishing new categorical exclusion criteria, which may have implications for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

 

Reminders

FLIP final event and applications. On May 4 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., students through CMAP's FLIP program will hold a Sustainability Fair at Rich East High School (300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest). Applications are also available for next year's FLIP program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).

Form-Based Codes Handbook. CMAP recently released Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which offers an alternative to conventional zoning methods by emphasizing the physical character of development. Contact Stephen Ostrander (sostrander@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8696).

Civic engagement event. The Citizen Advocacy Center, Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute will hold a workshop, Legal Infrastructure for Civic Engagement, on May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at CMAP's offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).

Automation event. Manufacturing and production efficiency will be among topics emphasized at the Automation Conference on May 14-15 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare. Register on-line for this education and networking event, which is geared to automation professionals across all industries involved in processing, manufacturing, and packaging.

ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and dates are set for July 10 to 11 and August 28 to 29. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (jdrennan@cmap.illinois.gov).

 

 

 


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