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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-11-14

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Regional economic indicators. This week, we launched a regional economic indicators microsite -- www.cmap.illinois.gov/economy/regional-economic-indicators -- with data that highlights broad trends in areas such as gross regional product, household income, and employment.  In coming weeks, further data will be released around the themes of workforce, industry clusters, and innovation.  The site is a resource for economic development professionals, planners, and others who seek to understand the complex factors that shape our region's competitiveness in the global economy.  Read more in a Policy Update and Crain's Chicago Business.

MFT series. While local motor fuel tax (MFT) allotment criteria are uniform across the state, the road systems they serve are not.  A CMAP Policy Update analyzes the relationship between township and municipal roads, including MFT funding distributions and the organization of the local road system.  New approaches to MFT disbursement could make transportation revenue sharing in the state more efficient.  This is the final piece in our series on the structure of transportation funding programs in Illinois.  Prior entries provided background on the local MFT allotment and evaluated the effectiveness of the MFT cost-sharing criteria.

MAP-21 extension.  Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee marked up the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, a proposal to extend the federal transportation program through May 31, 2015.  The current transportation authorization law, MAP-21, is set to expire on September 30.  Read more in a Policy Update  Additionally, the Senate Finance Committee met yesterday to mark up a modified version of its extension bill, the Preserving America's Transit and Highways Act of 2014.

Other News and Announcements

Small business advocate.  Congratulations to CMAP board member Al Larson, Mayor of Schaumburg, who was honored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors with the 2014 Partner America Small Business Advocate Award this week.  Read more in the Daily Herald.

CMAQ in the news.  The Chicago Department of Transportation plans to implement four new transportation demand management (TDM) programs, building on the success of its Go Bronzeville program, according to New City.  The programs will be partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program

Soles and Spokes.  We highlighted a Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center database on state laws requiring that motorists stop or yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.  Also featured were guidelines for "road diet" conversions published by the Kentucky Transportation Center.

Burnham award.  The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is accepting nominations for their Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning through July 23 at 4:00 p.m.  The winner will be announced at an event on September 25.

Local food.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture's Buy Illinois Challenge urges shoppers to dedicate $10 of their weekly grocery budgets to products that were grown or made in Illinois.  CMAP's website features additional resources for local governments, businesses, and residents interested in learning more about and supporting local food systems.

Water management toolkit.  The Center for Neighborhood Technology released a "Rain Ready" toolkit, which provides residents, communities, and states with policies and practices that address flooding, water shortage, and water pollution challenges in customized and cost-effective ways. 

Freight course.  The Northwestern University Transportation Center will host "Securing Capacity in a Dynamic Industry" September 15-17 at Chamber Hall (600 Foster St, Evanston).   The course for transportation and logistics executives will focus on the rapid changes in the domestic and international transportation industry.  Early bird registration is available through August 15.

IL-APA conference.  The American Planning Association Illinois Chapter will hosts its conference October 1-3 at the Hilton Orrington (1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston). Conference participants can also register for an October 2 planning officials track.

Local Technical Assistance

CMAP received 104 applications for the 2015 call for local planning projects.  Project selection is expected in early October.

The Hinsdale parking management plan was described in the Hinsdalean, which also voiced support in an editorial.

Streetsblog Chicago covered the Innovation in Parking Management plan for Wicker Park and Bucktown, which was developed by CMAP in partnership with the Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/Special Service Area #33 and MPC. 

As described at the LTA project pages of North Chicago and Harvard, both cities are developing comprehensive plans.

The first certified organic farm in Libertyville,Radical Root Farm, will now have a public farm stand on Saturdaysfrom 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The farm was recommended by the local food planning efforts undertaken by Lake County with the Liberty Prairie Foundation, Lake County Forest Preserve District, and other partners.  Read more in the Trib.

Reminders

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public comment period.  The draft GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan update and the draft federal fiscal year 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document and list of proposed projects have been released for public comment through August 1, 2014.  Residents can submit feedback on-line, and CMAP will hold a series of open houses throughout the region during the comment period.  Each event will feature plan update materials and the draft FFY 2014-19 TIP for review and comment, with CMAP staff on hand to answer questions.  A flyer with meeting details is available in English and Spanish.

2014 ArcGIS workshops.  Two spots are open for the July 30-31 session of CMAP's Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop.  CMAP will also offer sessions September 17-18, November 5-6, and December 3-4.  The cost is $350.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (jdrennan@cmap.illinois.gov).

FLIP applications. Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22, 2014.  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.  Contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov).

Congestion pricing.  Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.

Events

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house: Kendall County
July 14, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Historic County Courthouse: 109 W. Ridge Street, Yorkville
Hosted by the Kane/ Kendall Council of Mayors and CMAP
More information

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house: Kane County
July 15, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Kane County Government Center Auditorium: 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
Hosted by the Kane/ Kendall Council of Mayors and CMAP
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Crystal Lake Transportation Master Plan kick-off open house July 16, 2014
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake City Hall: 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake
Hosted by the City of Crystal Lake and CMAP
More information

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house: McHenry County
July 17, 2014
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
McHenry County Administration Building: 667 Ware Road, Woodstock
Hosted by the McHenry Council of Governments and CMAP
More information

Fox River Corridor Plan kick-off meeting
July 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran School: 300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin
Hosted by the Villages of Carpentersville and Algonquin
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Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public hearing
July 31, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning: 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP
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