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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-7-14

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CMAP meetings. The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The Local Coordinating Committee will meet prior to the Board at 8:00 a.m.

GO TO 2040 wins national Smart Growth Award. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has announced that the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan is the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievementwinner in the category of policies, programs, and plans. Congratulations to CMAP's many local government, business, and civic partners who have contributed to the plan's development and implementation. I accepted the honor on the agency's behalf at an awards ceremony this Wednesday; see photos on Pinterest. GO TO 2040 and other awardees are featured in a U.S. EPA video and booklet(see page 10).

GreenTown Chicago. CMAP is cosponsoring GreenTown Chicago this year from May 21-22, 2014. Attendees can participate in an "LTA track" to learn about successful Local Technical Assistance projects from around the region in advance of our next call for projects this spring. Stay tuned for more registration and agenda details.

Competing together. In a letter published today by the Times of Northwest Indiana, I made the case that Illinois and Indiana should be competing together, rather than against each other, in today's globalized economy. Poaching businesses from neighboring regions or states generally results in little or no net again, according to analysis of Dun and Bradstreet data. By working and planning together to improve infrastructure and pursue investment from around the U.S. and overseas, we can win big rather than fight over scraps.

Other News and Announcements

Climate adaptation. CMAP's climate adaptation toolkit for municipalities is also featured in the U.S. EPA booklet referenced above (see page 4). To request a printed copy of the toolkit, contact Justine Reisinger (

CW Congress.Chicago Wildness will hold its 2014 Congress on April 3 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Early-bird registration ends February 28.

Traffic monitoring conference. The Transportation Research Board will host the North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference June 29 to July 2 at Swissôtel Chicago. Conference attendees will learn and share effective practices for monitoring traffic flow.

Soles and Spokes. Pace's new Transit Supportive Guidelines include planning principles and design standards that communities can use to improve conditions for existing and future transit. With a nod to this winter's weather, we also highlighted several new resources on best practices for snow removal on pathways and at transit stops.

Transit task force. The system performance working group of the Northeastern Illinois Transit Task Force released its draft report. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Elevate Energy. CNT Energy has changed its name to Elevate Energy. While the name is new, the organization remains an affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the two organizations will continue their collaboration to help make communities stronger and more sustainable.

Electric vehicle charging rebate. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has extended its electric vehicle charging unit installations rebate to April 17, 2014. EV charging stations must be purchased and installed by units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents prior to submitting a rebate application.

Local food in the news. The New York Times profiled a commodity crop farmer from downstate Illinois who, like a growing number of farmers, transitioned some of his farmland toward more lucrative local food production. Learn more about the economic development potential of sustainable local food systems on our website. In related news, the Morton Arboretum is offering a series of workshops on edible gardening this spring.

Local Technical Assistance

The North Cook workshops for Cook County's Planning for Progress effort have been rescheduled to February 11. See this email's Events section and the registration web page for more information. Cook County's Planning for Progress is a strategic plan to guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years for affordable housing and community and economic development.

Residents of Addison, Bensenville, Villa Park, and Wood Dale can provide feedback on the types and location of housing they'd like to see in their communities at through March 27. Feedback will be incorporated into the Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for this cluster of communities in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

Calumet City will host a public workshop on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. for the development of its comprehensive plan. The workshop will focus on concepts for the community's town center. Read more in the Times of Northwest Indiana.


Public Comment: GO TO 2040 Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment. CMAP seeks public comment for its conformity determination on GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2010-15 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 17, 2014.

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).

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.


Planning for Progress: RESCHEDULED North Cook public workshops
February 11, 2014
Session Option 1: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Session Option 2: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Village of Arlington Heights Board Room: 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
Hosted by Cook County and CMAP

UIC Multimodal Transportation Plan Visioning Workshop
February 12, 2014
Session Option 1: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Student Center West-MM Thompson Room: 828 S. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago
Session Option 2: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Student Center East-Cardinal Room 329: 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
Hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago and CMAP
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