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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-3-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, no board meeting in July, new Policy Updates on FY2014 federal transportation appropriations, the draft Cook County Annual Action Plan, and the Illinois Innovation Index analysis of the STEM workforce, news on LTA projects in Orland Park, Round Lake Heights, Westchester, and Richton Park, and save the date for a September housing event. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

First Off...

No Board meeting in July.  Note that this month's CMAP Board meeting has been cancelled.  For these and other meetings, please consult our events calendar to confirm dates and times.

Policy Updates.  See our policy blog for new posts about FY 2014 federal transportation appropriations and the new approach taken by Cook County to its draft Annual Action Plan, an important resource for obtaining federal housing dollars.  We also described Illinois Innovation Index analysis of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce in our region and state.

Other News and Announcements

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

A July update for all LTA projects is now available at

Save the Date:  Housing event.  "New Partnerships and Novel Plans: Housing Solutions for People with Disabilities" will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with reception to follow) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan is the invited speaker at this event sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust in partnership with the Pierce Family Foundation, The Coleman Foundation, the CCT Persons with Disabilities Fund, and the Supportive Housing Providers Association.  For details, contact Katie Groen of Sheridan Ventures (202-285-0409 or


Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria, and calls on the region's transportation stakeholders to develop and utilize the necessary performance measures. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making. Our Policy Updates blog provides an overview of the microsite, including its compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Congestion Pricing.  Join the growing list of stakeholders in support of CMAP's campaign advocating the implementation of express toll lanes to manage traffic effectively on five GO TO 2040 expressway projects.

Building One America summit. Building One America will hold a National Summit July 18-19 in Washington D.C. on inclusive suburbs and sustainable regions with local elected officials, policy experts, and leadership from the White House and Congress. I will be speaking at the event to share best practices learned from our region's GO TO 2040 implementation activities. If interested in attending, you can get a discounted rate by entering the code "CMAP" at registration.

State bike plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan via a series of public meetings and webinar -- RSVP at

EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (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 To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).









Big Rock visioning workshop
July 8, 2013

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Big Rock Fire Department:  48W863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock


Hosted by the Village of Big Rock, Kane County, and CMAP


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Franklin Park business community meeting
July 9, 2013

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Franklin Park Community Center:  9560 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park

Hosted by the Village of Franklin Park and CMAP
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Morton Grove meet and greet manufacturing event

July 11, 2013

8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

830 Lehigh Avenue, Morton Grove

Hosted by the Village of Morton Grove, Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, and CMAP
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Bronzeville Retail Initiative community forum
NEW DATE:  July 13, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Room 43:  1039 E. 43rd Street, Chicago
Hosted by the Bronzeville Retail Initiative
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