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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-14-14

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CMAP Board recap.  The Board met on Wednesday, February 12.  After running through its brief agenda, the Board had a strategic planning and visioning session.  Their next meeting is on March 12, 2014, and the MPO Policy Committee meets on March 13. 

Comment period ends Monday:  GO TO 2040 Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment.  Comments on CMAP's conformity determination for GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) must be submitted by Monday, February 17.  Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted by mail, e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400).

Other News and Announcements

Smart Growth award.  American City & County covered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently announced Smart Growth Achievement awards in which GO TO 2040 was a winner in the category of policies, programs, and plans.  The plan and other awardees are featured in a U.S. EPA video and booklet (see page 10).

STEM and Transit.  The Doings LaGrange described how teacher Sydney Schuler's science, technology, engineering, and math middle school students explored the GO TO 2040 priority of increasing train ridership by 2040.  A CMAP video highlights how Ms. Schuler's students from several years ago sought to support the plan's recommendations for sustainable local food.

Soles and Spokes.  A new version of the on-line tool PEDSAFE ("Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System) helps transportation and planning professionals find appropriate engineering treatments for improving pedestrian safety and mobility.  The League of American Bicyclists announced new Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU).  The list includes the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is currently developing a multimodal transportation plan through our Local Technical Assistance program.

Divvy Data Challenge.  Chicago's Divvy bike share program announced its first data challenge in partnership with 1871, a co-working center for digital startups. Submissions are due March 11.

Transit access tools. The Chicago Transit Authority released a beta do-it-yourself transit tracker app, which allows users to create a slideshow of bus and train arrival times, weather, alerts, and more.

Tri-state cooperation.  Crain's Chicago Business columnist Joe Cahill writes that Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin need to join forces for economic development.  Last week, I wrote a letter published in the Times of Northwest Indiana making a similar case that Illinois and Indiana should be competing together, rather than against each other, in today's globalized economy.

Local food.  McHenry County is implementing a plan to promote local food and improve access to fresh produce for residents.  Learn more about how CMAP helps communities plan for sustainable local food system on our website.

Advanced manufacturing lab.  The Chicago Public Library Maker Lab will host Careers for Makers: Advanced Manufacturing at Daley College on Tuesday, February 18 at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street, Chicago) with one-hour sessions at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Attendees will learn about programs and potential career paths in the advanced manufacturing field.

Streamlining government event.  On February 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. the Better Government Association will host Start Streamlining: DuPage County Idea Forum at National Louis University (850 Warrenville Road, Lisle).  Attendees will discuss the elimination, merging, and consolidation of various government taxing units, agencies, and offices.
Fiscal impacts of development. A free University of Illinois Extension webinar on estimating the fiscal impacts of development will feature a case study of the Peoria region. To be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, the event's speakers include Nick Hayward of Tri-County Regional Plan Commission and Scott Goldstein of Teska Associates. No registration is required.

Local Technical Assistance

The Village of Carol Stream is updating its comprehensive plan. Read more in the Daily Herald.

The Village of Big Rock, in partnership with Kane County, will host an open house for its draft comprehensive plan on March 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Big Rock Fire Department (48w863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock).

Suburban Life
described efforts to support the Riverside farmers' market, as recommended by the community's Central Business District plan.

Last week, 48 individuals attended the third in a series of interactive workshops for Cook County's Planning for Progress, a strategic plan to guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years for affordable housing and community and economic development. Posters from the public meetings are on the project web page.

A February update for all LTA projects is now available.


GO TO 2040 implementation poster.  CMAP has released Moving Forward 2013, our third annual GO TO 2040 implementation report poster.  Please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us. (Boxes are available for re-distribution by partner organizations.  Contact Joey-Lin Silberhorn at or 312-386-8814).

Census workshops.  CMAP's new Census Products for Urban Planning (CPUP) workshops take the mystery out of using American FactFinder to access the Census.  Contact Jon Hallas ( or 312-386-8764) to RSVP for the free workshops from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on March 18, April 29, May 27, and June 17.  Space is limited.

2014 ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and available 2014 dates are April 30 to May 1, May 28-29, and June 18-19. The cost is $350. For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (

Performance-based funding.  Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.


Big Rock Open House
March 10, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Big Rock Fire Department, Meeting Room: 48w863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock
Hosted by Big Rock, Kane County, and CMAP

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GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
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