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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-22-15

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2014 U.S. Census population estimates. The latest U.S. Census population estimates indicate that the Chicago region's growth has slowed and is not keeping pace with other peer regions across the U.S. A new CMAP Policy Update explores the data and what it shows about drivers of the region's recent population change.  Read more in Crain's, Tribune, Sun-Times, DNAinfo (quoting CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh), and Chicagoist.

Revenue reforms.  As described in another CMAP Policy Update, a pair of recent reports explore potential tax policy reforms as the State of Illinois grapples with its significant FY 2016 budget challenges.

Value of green infrastructure. Our region's natural areas, as identified in the Green Infrastructure Vision (GIV), can provide an estimated $6.4 billion of flood control, water filtration, groundwater recharge, and carbon storage value to the Chicago area. In partnership with Chicago Wilderness and The Conservation Fund, CMAP has released a study estimating how the GIV contributes to our regional economy. The GIS data behind this analysis is available for public download on the CMAP Data Sharing Hub.  

Other News and Announcements

CMAP staff progress report. See the third-quarter progress report (January through March) based on CMAP's FY15 work plan.

CMAQ in the news. The Chicago Tribune reported that expansion of the Divvy bike-sharing program into Evanston has been delayed until next spring. It will include eight stations and is partially funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

EnviroFlash.  Our CMAQ program supports the Illinois Partners for Clean Air organization, which is competing in a nationwide challenge to increase the number of EnviroFlash subscribers. Developed by the Illinois EPA and U.S. EPA, this tool sends air quality forecasts and Air Pollution Action Day alerts directly to a subscriber's email or mobile device. Through June 5, 2015, we encourage you to register for EnviroFlash at http://illinois.enviroflash.info/signup.cfm.

Soles and Spokes. The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center published a report on the relationship between bicycling, sustainable transportation, and quality of life. New Zealand's national strategy to guide improvements in road safety through 2020 includes a report with recommendations to ensure that bicycling is a safe transportation option.

Public hearing for bypass project. The CTA will hold a public hearing about the Red-Purple Bypass Project on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago). Written comments may also be emailed to redpurplebypass@transitchicago.com or mailed to Chicago Transit Authority, Strategic Planning, 10th Floor, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60661 through June 18, 2015. The Daily Northwestern recently described the project's launch, and DNAinfo Chicago has video renderings of the proposed bypass. 

Tree replacement funding. Funding for ash tree replacements is available through the U.S. Forest Service for communities located within the Millennium Reserve. The request for proposals will be available from June 1 through August 1, 2015. Interested applicants can attend a training session on June 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the William W. Powers State Recreation Area (12949 S. Avenue O, Chicago) or on June 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) offices (140 S. Dearborn, Ste. 1400, Chicago). Contact Lydia Scott (lscott@mortonarb.org) with questions.

Great Rivers Chicago. Over the next 15 months, the City of Chicago and MPC, in partnership with Friends of the Chicago River and many others, will creatively reimagine our city's Calumet, Chicago, and Des Plaines rivers and riverfronts. As part of that process, they're asking the public to complete a survey and share thoughts on the current state and future of Chicago's rivers.

Investing in Chicago's future. MPC will hold its annual luncheon on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr.). The keynote speaker will be J.B. Pritzker, and tickets may be purchased at http://www.pjhchicago.com/event/mpc.

ADA Inclusion Practices survey. As part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) and other organizations are conducting a survey to identify best practices in community inclusion for persons with disabilities in the metropolitan Chicago area. The information collected will be used to formulate and share best practices for accessibility in our region. Responses are due by Friday, May 29, and direct any questions to Jeffrey Walter (jwalter@mayorscaucus.org or 312-201-4508).

Metal exports seminars.  Throughout June, Metro Chicago Exports and its partners are hosting seminars focused on the fabricated metals industry.  Their Industry Export Programs will help manufacturers understand the benefits of exporting and provide connections to the right resources to grow globally.  Visit http://www.metrochicagoexports.com/#seminars to register for locations across the region. 

Local Technical Assistance

The Pilsen neighborhood will host public meetings for development of their land use plan. Workshops will be June 16 and 23 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Dvorak Park (1119 Cullerton St., Chicago).

The Village of South Holland is developing a comprehensive plan, as described on its LTA project page.

Reminders

Call for Projects. CMAP, RTA, and the Cook County Health Department are now accepting applications for local projects across metropolitan Chicago through the RTA Community Planning Program, CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program, and the Cook County Department of Health's Healthy HotSpot initiative. See www.rtachicago.com/applications for details and applications, which are due Thursday, June 25, 2015, at noon.

FLIP applications. The CMAP 2015 Future Leaders in Planning summer program is accepting applications through Monday, June 15, 2015. Contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).

Exports Grant Program. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) can receive up to $5,000 for costs associated with doing business abroad including education, financing, marketing, compliance, business development, and counseling. First wave application deadline is May 31, 2015. Visit http://www.metrochicagoexports.com/blog/metro-chicago-exports-grant-program and click "Apply Now." Contact Kelsey Schrenk (Kelsey.Schrenk@MetroChicagoExports.com or 312-589-5773).

Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis

Events

Global Cities Driving the Global Economy
May 27, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion: 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago
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TMA of Lake-Cook Annual Meeting
May 29, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Baxter Healthcare: One Baxter Parkway, Deerfield
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Will County Local Resources Presentation
June 2, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Will County Governmental League: 3180 Theodore Street, Suite 101, Joliet
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Red-Purple Bypass Project Public Hearing
June 3, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Center on Halsted: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago
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Axelson Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professionals and Volunteers
June 22, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago: 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago
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