GO TO 2040
Metropolitan Chicago is one of the world's great economic centers, but we cannot afford to take our quality of life for granted. GO TO 2040 is the comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities plan together for sustainable prosperity through mid-century and beyond.
In October 2014, the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan was updated in accordance with federal law. It addresses the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that was signed into law in 2012. Due to GO TO 2040's long time horizon and positive impacts of plan implementation to date, the plan's themes and recommendations did not change as part of the update.
All GO TO 2040 materials, including the plan update summary and its appendices, a full-length plan that is for policy experts, and a shorter plan that is for a broader audience, are accessible as PDFs. GO TO 2040 calls on local officials, businesses, and other stakeholder groups to implement recommendations that -- while very specific -- have broad implications for residents' daily lives. To illustrate that point, CMAP has also created a series of portraits describing residents whose stories help to bring the plan to life.
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This theme addresses diverse factors that together shape quality of life in terms of "livability" -- what attracts people to a particular community. Read more in the full Livable Communities chapter or one of the recommended actions:
This theme addresses factors that determine whether our region's economy will thrive due to the availability of skilled workers and a climate in which commercial creativity can flourish. Read more in the Human Capital chapter or one of the recommended actions:
This theme addresses the need for increased effectiveness of governments in the region and beyond, which is important to meet residents' needs regarding accountability and transparency. Read more in the full Efficient Governance chapter or one of the recommended actions:
This theme addresses the vitality of our region's transportation system, which is crucial for economic prosperity and overall quality of life. Read more in the full Regional Mobility chapter.
This chapter also includes descriptions of major capital projects that have been carefully selected to help achieve the GO TO 2040 Regional Vision.