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February 28, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-28-14

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Federal freight testimony.  At the invitation of Congressman Dan Lipinski, CMAP Board chairman Gerald Bennett testified yesterday at "Improving the Nation's Highway Freight Network," a special House of Representatives hearing on the importance of freight.  Mayor Bennett emphasized the need for a multimodal approach with strategic investments such as those prioritized by our region's CREATE public-private partnership.  CMAP's position is that, despite some advances in MAP-21, the federal transportation bill represented a missed opportunity to establish a national freight policy.  See a video of the House panel, which also included Wisconsin transportation secretary Mark Gottlieb, FedEx Ground president and CEO Henry Maier, and Volvo senior vice president Susan Alt.  Read more in the Southtown Star, Fleet Owner magazine, and a press release from Rep. Lipinski.
More freight.  On Wednesday, President Obama released a proposed transportation budget, which includes a new $10 billion program to strengthen the multimodal U.S. freight system. Read more in a White House fact sheet.  This is a welcome step toward establishing a robust national policy for freight with prioritized investments such as CREATE.  CMAP co-signed statements issued by the major metro organizations and the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors, the latter of which also issued a press release.
Reauthorization bill. A Policy Update describes the Administration's proposed outline for a four-year, $302 billion transportation reauthorization bill, including the seventh round of competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, which will total $600 million in 2014. 
EI2 report.  The U.S. Department of Energy approved the final technical report for Energy Impact Illinois.  The EI2 grant period was 2010-13, and the report includes detailed reviews of program's strategies, implementation methods, challenges, lessons learned, and final results.
Fair Housing report.  CMAP and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) have released Fair Housing and Equity Assessment: Metropolitan Chicago. The report finds that communities with a well-balanced supply of housing enjoy many economic and social benefits as a result. Read more in a joint press release.  CMAP and CAFHA would like to work with local governments that wish to address these issues proactively;  contact Kendra Smith ( or 312-386-8774).  The report can also help communities capitalize on pending requirements for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant recipients.  Both organizations are seeking funding to support these efforts moving forward.  
Staff progress report.  The second quarter progress report (October through December) based on CMAP's work plan is now on-line.

Other News and Announcements

CMAP in the news.  CMAP's Bob Dean discussed approaches to planning for urban green space on WBEZ's Morning Shift program this week.
CMAP media tip sheet.  CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on CMAP analysis of sales tax rebates in the region, a report on the fiscal impacts of land use decisions, the 2014 CMAP federal and state legislative agendas, and more.
Soles and Spokes.  An urban bikeway guide by the Green Lane Project presents results of an on-line survey of U.S. cities about the construction of innovative bike projects, the adequacy of existing design guidance, and project funding. 
Partner spotlight.  We recently updated the partner spotlight on the bottom right of our home page, which features a rotating list of CMAP's local government, business, and civic partners. To learn more, please contact Justine Reisinger ( 
Connecting Cook County.  Cook County kicked off the development of its long-range transportation plan, Connecting Cook County, on Tuesday.  The plan will evaluate multiple modes of transportation, including public transportation, bicycling, cars, and trucking corridors.  Residents can share input on-line or at rotating kiosks throughout the county.  Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Manufacturing lab.  As you've no doubt heard, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a $70 million grant for the launch of the Digital Lab for Manufacturing in Chicago this week.  The research center, led by UI Labs, will focus on advanced manufacturing and related education and workforce development.  Crain's covers the role supercomputers will play in the lab. 
Addams as smart corridor. Fox-32 highlighted Illinois Tollway plans to update the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a "smart corridor" through incorporation of active traffic management technology that shares congestion and collision alerts with drivers via electronic signs. To manage congestion, CMAP recommends the implementation of express toll lanes on the I-90 and other new highway construction projects in the region.
Transport Chicago.  Abstracts for Transport Chicago 2014 can be submitted through March 7. The annual conference will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on June 6.

Local Technical Assistance

The Chicago Tribune described the review of draft recommendations in the Homes for a Changing Region plan for Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and North Aurora.  The plan is being developed with support from Kane County, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC). 
Residents and interested stakeholders can provide feedback through an on-line survey for a different Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for Addison, Bensenville, Villa Park, and Wood Dale with MMC and MPC.  
CMAP partnered with Hoffman Estates and the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Group on an existing conditions report, marketing and communications plan, and strategic plan to guide the group's efforts related to education, workforce, and economic development around manufacturing near the I-90 corridor.  


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 ( or 312-386-8814).

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
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 ( 
Grant writing class.  Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a class on how to identify and respond to grant opportunities on March 10-11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove). 


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 
Kedzie corridor plan public meeting
March 27, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
John Marshall Metropolitan High School:  3250 S. Adams Street, Chicago
Hosted by the City of Chicago
GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP