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March 2, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-2-18

Mar 2, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-2-18

Economic Clusters
CMAP has updated theClusters sectionof its Regional Economic Indicators. The latest data underscores the potential of industry clusters to grow our regional economy. Metropolitan Chicago remains the nation's critical intermodal shipping hub, moving more than 16.4 million 20-ft. equivalent units of freight cargo and exporting nearly $44 billion worth of manufactured goods in 2016. Also, the region continues to see growth in manufacturing and freight jobs, adding more than 84,000 such jobs since 2010, to remain the largest U.S. metropolitan economy with above-average employment concentrations in both industry clusters.

Planning in the news

Tollway talk at City Club
Chairman of the Illinois Tollway, Robert Schillerstrom, spoke at the City Club of Chicago on February 26, where he discussed the future of expressways in the region, which is the subject of CMAP’s current Expressway Vision project, funded by the Tollway and IDOT.

Analysis of Metra ridership
The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Transportation Journal reported on declining Metra ridership, citing increased fares, low gas costs, and an increase in telecommuting. Learn more in the Transit Trends ON TO 2050 snapshot report.

Non-native plants
A University of Illinois study found that more than 99 percent of Chicago-area wetlands are home to non-native plant species,which are often indicators and catalysts of a changing ecosystem. Learn more about the region's geographical and biological diversity in the Natural Resources ON TO 2050 snapshot report.

Around the region

Open Space awards
The Urban Land Institute will recognize open spaces -- including parks, plazas, squares, memorials, linear parks and trails, or other non-traditional park and open space formats -- that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes in communities. Submissions are accepted through Monday, March 5.

TMA of Lake-Cook Annual Highway Construction Meeting
The Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake-Cook will host their Annual Highway Construction Meeting on Friday, March 16, at 9:00 a.m., at the Baxter Healthcare Auditorium (1 Baxter Pkwy., Deerfield). RSVP via email by Monday, March 12.

IDOT freight proposals
IDOT seeks proposals for improving freight mobility at the local level and implementing goals of the Illinois State Freight Plan. Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018.IDOT will host an informational meeting on Monday, March 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at IDOT’s Hanley Building Auditorium (2300 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield). RSVPs are encouraged.

NOAA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) provides federal financial and technical assistance to address the most significant problems facing the Great Lakes, including toxic substances and areas of concern, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution impacts, habitats and species, and foundations for future restoration actions. Applications are due Monday, March 12.

Events

Green infrastructure training
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
City Government Office
1905 174th St.
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
March 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. to noon
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Shared Mobility Summit
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
March 12-14, 2018
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TMA of Lake-Cook Annual Highway Construction Meeting
Baxter Healthcare Auditorium
1 Baxter Pkwy.
Deerfield, IL 60015
March 16, 2018
9:00 a.m.
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ON TO 2050 launch event
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chase Promenade North
Chicago, IL 60602
October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon
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