CMAP Weekly Update, 3-15-13
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a summuary of CMAP meetings, new Policy Updates on federal transportation spending and Governor Quinn's recent budget address, updates on Local Technical Assistance (LTA) projects in Riverside, Elmwood Park, Plainfield Chicago, and Alsip, and Congestion Mitgation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) projects in the news. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
Policy Updates. We covered a recent vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to fund the federal government through September 2013 on our Policy Updates blog, which would result in a lower level of federal transportation spending than that provided by last summer's transportation reauthorization bill. We also described Governor Quinn's recent budget address.
Other News and Announcements
EDA application. CMAP recently submitted a proposal to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for funding to expand CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program. Such a grant would help fuel economic growth in areas with chronic and high unemployment; specifically, CMAP would work with communities to take advantage of opportunities presented by the freight and manufacturing clusters, with emphasis on challenges of workforce and innovation. Several LTA projects have included an economic development component, and EDA funding would allow CMAP to build on those capabilities in support of the communities that most need economic development.
CMAQ in the news. The News-Sun described Lake County's experiences with three roundabouts, which were partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. The article also describes the influence of a CMAP strategy paper on roundabouts.
Congestion pricing resources. We added a 2012 Federal Highway Administration guide on priced managed lanes to the resources at www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing. To support CMAP's efforts to implement express toll lanes in northeastern Illinois, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or email@example.com).
Arts event. Arts Alliance Illinois and J.P. Morgan Chase will host “Make Art Work: How the Arts Impact Jobs, Talent, and Community Vitality in Chicago” on March 19 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Chase Tower Auditorium (10 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago). Speakers include Governor Pat Quinn and Commissioner Michelle T. Boone of Chicago Cultural Affairs and Special Events, among others. The event is free, but advanced registration is required.
Urban agriculture event. The Delta Institute and the University of Chicago's Graham School will host “Growing Food and Jobs in the City: Seeding and Sustaining Urban Agriculture” on April 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago). The event will feature a panel of leaders in local food and sustainability and an interactive discussion on urban agriculture. To learn more about supporting sustainable local food systems, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/food.
Automation event. Manufacturing and production efficiency will be among topics emphasized at the Automation Conference on May 14-15 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare. Early bird registration pricing ends April 2 for this education and networking event, which is geared to automation professionals across all industries involved in processing, manufacturing, and packaging.
BRT newsletter. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) released a newsletter on bus rapid transit this month, featuring information on new CTA and Chicago Department of Transportation designs for BRT in the Central Loop East-West Corridor, as well as other efforts to implement BRT.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog featured a European Transport Safety Council report that reviews bicycle safety policies in European Union cities. We also notified readers of a U.S. Access Board Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM). The proposed accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way include specific provisions for shared-used paths. Comments are being accepted on this SNPRM until comments is May 14, 2013.
Due Monday: Chaddick Municipal Development Award. DePaul University's Chaddick Institute requests nominations for its 2013 Municipal Development Award. Applications are due Monday, March 18. Contact Kate Witherspoon (563-505-6826 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
ArcView workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day Basic ArcView 10 Workshop, and dates are set for June 5 to 6, July 10 to 11, and August 28 to 29. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.
Riverside open house
March 19, 2013
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Riverside Township Hall: 27 Riverside Road, Riverside
Hosted by the Village of Riverside and CMAP
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. In our second call for projects through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP received over 100 proposals from more than 80 applicants. View the press release and summary of selected projects.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.