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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-25-14

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No August meetings:  Board and Local Coordinating Committee.  The CMAP Board and Local Coordinating Committee will not meet in August.  They will next meet, respectively, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8.

Industry indicators.  CMAP released data and analysis on the region's freight and manufacturing clusters, specifically intermodal lifts, cluster employment and industry location quotients, and manufacturing exports.  As described in a 
Policy Update, these indicators explore how our infrastructure and industrial assets are being leveraged.  CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite launched on July 7 with analysis of broad economic trends, followed by workforce on July 14. Various innovation measures will be available Monday.

Infrastructure initiative.  As described in a Policy Update, earlier this month the Obama Administration announced a "Build America Investment Initiative," a government-wide effort to support infrastructure improvements through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

National freight strategic plan.  A CMAP Policy Update summarizes the recent National Freight Advisory Committee report with recommendations on how the U.S. Department of Transportation can improve the nation's freight system. 

Plan update/TIP public comment period ENDS NEXT FRIDAY.  Time is running out to provide input on 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, which have been released for public comment through next Friday, August 1.  Residents can submit feedback on-line, and CMAP will hold a final public hearing on July 31 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at CMAP's offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago.  RSVP encouraged to facilitate building access).  The 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.

State transportation bill.  This week, Governor Quinn signed a $1.1 billion state capital construction bill for road and bridge projects.  Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Other News and Announcements

CMAQ in the news.  The Chicago Sun-Times described the replacement of the 35th Street pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, as well as replacements for 41st and 43rd Street bridges.  The projects are partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program

Muni-Blast.  CMAP's latest quarterly "e-blast" newsletter for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities briefly highlights local planning resources that can help communities implement livability recommendations from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.  Featured items include an Illinois Department of Natural Resources water allocation report, as well as an upcoming toolkit to support local governments in engaging their immigrant communities on issues that shape quality of life and economic prosperity.  To be added to that distribution, contact Justine Reisinger (jreisinger@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802).

MPC on transportation funding.  Metropolitan Planning Council president MarySue Barrett highlighted the importance of addressing the Highway Trust Fund's anticipated $12 billion budget shortfall in Crain's.  CMAP is closely monitoring the federal transportation reauthorization process in Legislative Updates.

"After Water" event.  WBEZ will host an event about the future of water on July 30 at Chicago's Mayne Stage.

Transit study open house.  The Chicago Department of Transportation will host a public meeting for the River North-Streeterville Transit Study on August 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola University Water Tower Campus (111 East Pearson Street, Chicago).  Residents and business owners can also submit comments to info@rnstransit.com

Water quality improvement grants.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications through August 15, 2014, for projects that improve lake and pond water quality. 

Call for proposals.  Through September 4, the Chicago Community Trust is accepting proposals to support arts and culture, housing, poverty, and nonprofit-related projects.

Truck access funding.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is accepting proposals for its FY16 Truck Access Route Program, with $7 million available for grants.  Applications must be submitted to the IDOT District Local Road's office by September 19, 2014. 

Community needs survey.  To support its 2015-19 consolidated plan for use of various federal grants, the City of Chicago is surveying residents and service providers about critical community needs. 

Local Technical Assistance

The Village Board of Lansing approved its comprehensive plan.  Read more in the Times of Northwest Indiana.

Inhabitat described Chicago's Green Healthy Neighborhoods plan, which was approved by the City Plan Commission in March.  The plan was developed by the City's Department of Planning and Development and partner organizations to revitalize the neighborhoods of Englewood, Washington Park, and Woodlawn with a mix of urban agriculture and environmentally friendly businesses. 

Reminders

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 or 312-386-8766).

2014 ArcGIS workshops.  Two spots are open for the July 30-31 session of CMAP's Two-Day ArcGIS Basic10.1 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). 

Energy efficiency grants.  The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has released a Request for Proposals for the 2014-15 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities.  Proposals for lighting projects are due July 30, 2014, and all other energy efficiency projects are due September 1.

Transportation symposium.  The 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium for engineers, academics, and law enforcement professionals to discuss and improve the intersection of highway and rail systems will be held August 3-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Register on-line.

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

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
More information

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
RSVP

Berwyn Depot District parking workshop
August 2, 2014
10:30 a.m. to noon
Berwyn Police Department:  6401 W. 31st Street, Berwyn
Hosted by the City of Berwyn, the Berwyn Development Corporation, and CMAP
More information


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