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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-10-17

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CMAP Board recap. The Board meet on Wednesday, with an agenda that included discussion of the agency's State Framework and Agenda, its Federal Agenda, and the ON TO 2050 financial plan that is now in development. The next scheduled Board meeting is Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. Please consult our Events calendar for other committee meetings.

The 2017 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Symposium. Join us on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to mark the release of the 2017 LTA Call for Projects. CMAP will host a symposium to reintroduce the region's municipal leaders to the LTA program. In addition to learning more about potential LTA opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process. Stay tuned for RSVP details.

Business churn.  A new Economic Innovation Group report examines the effects of business creations and closures on economic outcomes across U.S. metropolitan areas. U.S. business creation rates have declined for decades, and recessions have accelerated business closure rates. However, researchers have observed a long-term uptick in business creations in a handful of regions in the southern and western parts of the U.S. A recent CMAP Policy Update found similar trends, including a narrowing gap between creations and closures in the seven-county CMAP region. This analysis also found that business creations and closures have represented a much larger share of regional economic activity and employment than business moves to and from the region. Both reports underscore the outsized influence of demographic migration trends on business relocation decisions.

Travel demand model validation report. CMAP has released a report that shows the output of its travel demand model is able to replicate the transportation system usage and travel patterns in the region, and presents analysis of all the major components of the travel model. CMAP conducts model validation analyses to verify that the travel demand model provides a sound basis for developing the long-range transportation plan and for evaluating the impact of proposed transportation activities on the region's air quality.

SmartWorlds: Future Mobility. CMAP's Jesse Elam was featured on the latest episode of SmartWorlds for a conversation about GO TO 2040 and the future of mobility in Chicago. The discussion also included Jacky Grimshaw from the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Jessica Hector-Hsu from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

Other News and Announcements

ON TO 2050 engagement. Thank you to the graduate students in DePaul University's Sustainable Urban Development program for including a discussion of ON TO 2050 in this week's seminar. To arrange an ON TO 2050 workshop with your community group, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8801).

Soles and Spokes. An article in Fire Chief questions the functionality and efficiency of large U.S. fire trucks. The Federal Highway Administration released two resources: "Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures," which helps governmental agencies integrate pedestrian and bicycle planning into ongoing performance management activities; and "Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Performance Management Guidebook," which offers sample performance measures that states, metropolitan planning organizations, and project sponsors have used to administer, implement, and evaluate TAP projects and outcomes.

New Census workshop.CMAP will hold a free U.S. Census workshop featuring Geography - Maps and Data on Wednesday, March 15, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the CMAP office (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). A limited number of laptops will be available, but pre-registration is required. Contact Jon Hallas (jhallas@cmap.illinois.govor 312-386-8764) to RSVP or for more information.

IDOT Long Range Transportation Plan. IDOT is asking for additional public input in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan, which will identify policies to provide Illinois residents and businesses with innovative, sustainable, and multi-modal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow the economy. Illinois residents can visit, and vote on ideas to improve transportation in the state, and add their own ideas for others to vote on through March 8.

Sustainable transportation. The Active Transportation Alliance is celebrating three local sustainable transportation champions -- Slow Roll Chicago, MB Financial Bank, and Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. -- at its 2017 Awards Reception on Thursday, February 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Germania Place (108 W. Germania Pl., Chicago). Learn more and register here.

2017 RTA Planning Workshop. In partnership with DePaul's Chaddick Institute, the RTA will hold a half-day workshop on transit-oriented planning in our region on Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor - North Cafe, Chicago). This year's theme, Making an Impact, focuses on plan implementation, and will feature presentations and discussions from a variety of speakers. The event is free and registration is now available.

Transport Chicago call for proposals. The call for proposals is now open for the 32nd annual Transport Chicago conference, to be held on Friday, June 9, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago). The conference will include keynote sessions, formal presentations, workshops, and a poster session open to both professionals and students. A 250-word description is required for all proposals, and must be submitted online by March 25. More information, including submission guidelines, important dates, and types of proposals, is available at



Eisenhower Expressway public input. IDOT is collecting public input on a proposal to add another lane in each direction on I-290. Submit comments online until February 13 at

Public Comment: GO TO 2040/FFY 2014-19 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment. The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through February 20.

CMAQ and TAP-L call for projects.  A call for projects for the CMAQ and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L) has been released. Before submitting applications to CMAP, local sponsors (municipalities, park districts, forest preserve districts, etc.) are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with the appropriate Council of Mayors planning liaison, which will need to receive the application for review by February 17. The final deadline to submit all applications to CMAP is March 3.

Housing planning. The Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) is currently accepting applications for 2017. Developers also interested in applying for RHI assistance should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690).

Teacher feedback invited. TheChicago Architecture Foundation(CAF) will host an evening so teachers can comment on the educator's guide for an original graphic novel, No Small Plans, which CAF commissioned to illuminate a vision for how young people can get to know and be civically engaged with their city. The novel will be printed and distributed to students across the region this spring, including at Chicago Public Schools. The event is tonight, Friday, February 10, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at CAF (224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago).

Force of Nature Awards. Chicago Wilderness is seeking nominations for individuals and organizations doing outstanding conservation work in our region for their annual Force of Nature Awards. Applications and supplemental materials are due by February 28.

Boundary and Annexation Survey. Sent by the Census Bureau to local governments in December 2016, the Boundary and Annexation Survey has a deadline of March 1. Participants can submit boundary corrections, annexations, name changes, and street updates, ensuring their government can participate in the 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses. Contact Linda Gray of the Census Bureau's Chicago Regional Office ( or 630-288-9259).

Regional stormwater management regulations. Public comments are being accepted through March 31 on proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's (MWRD) Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO). Comment by email ( or postal mail to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Local Sewer Systems Section, 111 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611. 


Transform Your Riverfront: Ideas to Action
February 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to noon
Chicago Maritime Museum, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago
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Active Transportation Alliance Awards Reception
February 16, 2017
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Germania Place, 108 W. Germania Pl., Chicago
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ON TO 2050 Big Ideas Forum: Closer to Home: Creating a Balanced Regional Housing Supply
February 28, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago
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Lake Calumet Then and Now
March 2, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
5th District Chicago Police Station Community Room, 727 E. 111th St., Chicago
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Fox River Corridor Open House
March 2, 2017
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Dr., Cary
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RTA Planning Workshop
March 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. to noon
DePaul Center, 1  E. Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor - North Cafe, Chicago
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U.S. Census Workshop - Geography  - Maps and Data
March 15, 2017
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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Summit on Livable Communities
March 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago
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New Perspectives on Growing Local Economies
April 3, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois University, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb
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