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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-5-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a reminder that there will be no April board meeting, a new Policy Update on the manufacturing industry relies on an efficient transportation system, applications for the 2013-14 session of Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) are now available, the release of a new planning app for metropolitan Chicago, and news and updates on Local Technical Assistance (LTA) projects. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.


First Off...

REMINDER: No Board meeting in April. Please don't forget that the CMAP Board will not meet in April. Its next meeting will be May 8.

Policy Updates. Manufacturing relies on an efficient transportation system for complex supply chain moves and access to new markets, as described in our Policy Updates blog. Visit the Regional Manufacturing Cluster drill-down web page to learn more about the link between infrastructure and competitiveness, which will become even more important in a new era of advanced manufacturing. In a related post, we covered recently introduced federal legislation that addresses the mounting needs for skilled manufacturing workers.

FLIP applications. Applications are available for our Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

APA app. Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) launched a new app that highlights planning-related events and projects in metropolitan Chicago, including some from CMAP, for this year's American Planning Association 2013 National Conference. If you attend the conference from April 13-17, be sure to check out a local exhibit on the region's progress in implementing the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, as well as a number of panels led by CMAP and MPC. Although on-line registration is closed, attendees can still attend open mobile workshops by signing up at APA's event site, the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 East Wacker Dr.). Many mobile workshops feature projects from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, such as Capitalizing on Livability in Park Forest, which describes how the community is implementing its sustainability plan.


Other News and Announcements

CMAP Board in the news. CMAP board member Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini was honored this week for her service to the community, as described by Patch. President Michelini chose not to seek re-election this spring after having served in Montgomery's village government since 1982 and having first been elected as village president in 1991.

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

An April update for all LTA projects is now available at

EI2 in the news. The Center for Neighborhood Technology Energy's Patrick MacRoy was on Chicago Tonight this week to discuss 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 Call 1-855-9-IMPACT to see if you qualify for the rebate.

CMAQ in the news. The Daily Herald described construction of a new overpass at Roosevelt Road and Kautz Road, which is a CREATE program project partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Partnering for Prosperity. Cook County and its Council of Economic Advisors released a new report on promoting regional economic development, Partnering for Prosperity. The report's nine recommendations align with GO TO 2040, World Business Chicago's Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's study of the broader tri-state region. Read more in the Daily Herald.

Illinois Innovation Index. The first 2013 quarterly report from the Illinois Innovation Index focuses on capital and infrastructure for innovation. The report includes new analysis from World Business Chicago on the increase in R&D spending at Illinois educational institutions.

Sustainable urban development degree. DePaul University will launch a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development, it's first urban and sustainability-themed degree, this fall. An information session will be held on May 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago). Applications to the program will be accepted through August 25, 2013.

Brownfields workshop. Illinois State University's Stevenson Center and Kansas State University will co-host a free workshop on brownfields redevelopment on April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Uptown Station (11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL).

New bike valet service. Chicago Streetsblog described the Willis Tower's new bike valet service, the first of its kind in Chicago.

IDOT event. The Trib both previewed and summarized an Illinois Department of Transportation public hearing held this week for the Circle Interchange.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted a new RTA resource for communities seeking to improve pedestrian access to transit through small-scale capital projects, such as the installation of sidewalks and crosswalks near existing transit facilities.



Congestion pricing campaign. CMAP's computer-model analysis demonstrates the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. If implemented on five new GO TO 2040 construction projects, express-lane drivers during the morning rush would reach their destinations 31 to 66 percent quicker, at a modest additional cost. Learn more at To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Comments due today: 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 are due today.

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. The education and networking event is geared to automation professionals across all industries involved in processing, manufacturing, and packaging.

Stormwater utilities guide. 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 ( or 312-386-8688).

GPA conference. The Grant Professionals Association - Chicago Area chapter will host a regional conference on April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Macy's (Narcissus Room, Seventh Floor, 111 N. State Street, Chicago). Registration closes on April 17.



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

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