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May 31, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-31-14

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LTA/CPP informational session.  CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will hold an information session on Tuesday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the CMAP offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on planning assistance and grants available for local projects across metropolitan Chicago through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program. To RSVP, contact Dan Olson ( or 312-386-8760). For application materials and more, see

Manufacturing assistance.  Congratulations to Cook County and its partners in the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium Manufacturing Community for having been selected as one of 12 Manufacturing Communities, which will have access to assistance from eleven federal agencies with $1.3 billion available for economic development support.  Read more in a U.S. Department of Commerce press release.

MPC roundtable.  Yesterday I enjoyed being part of a Metropolitan Planning Council discussion on implementation of the GO TO 2040 plan.  Panelists included RTA acting executive director Leanne Redden, Aurora mayor Thomas Weisner (both of whom are CMAP Board members), and Cook County Economic Development bureau chief Herman Brewer. It was a good opportunity to hear how people perceive the plan's implementation to date.  A video of the session is available.

Priority deadline today:  FLIP applications.  Priority applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program must be postmarked or emailed by today.  Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life.   Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

Policy Updates. We published the second in the series of three Policy Updates that assess the potential for increased energy efficiency in the region's manufacturing sector. The second piece examines how infrastructure, regulations, and market changes may affect energy consumption in the manufacturing sector.

Other News and Announcements

Regional bicycle system. The Chicago Tribune described new bicycle routes under development to complete the region's system of trails. CMAP's Tom Murtha was interviewed.

Soles and Spokes. We highlighted a new Rails-to-Trails Conservancy report on the "Rails-with-Trails" concept.  The report examines the characteristics of 88 existing multi-use trails in 33 states and finds that these trails along active freight, passenger, and tourist rail lines are safe, common, and increasing in number. 

CMAP media tip sheet.  CMAP's media tip sheet includes information on freight and manufacturing trends in the O'Hare subregion, regional implications of federal transportation reauthorization proposals, linkages between energy efficiency and economic competitiveness, and more.

Local Technical Assistance

The Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program "Building Capacity Through Collaboration in the Chicago's Suburbs" highlights the Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative and the West Cook County Housing Collaborative participation in Homes for a Changing Region as examples of cross-jurisdictional collaboration.

The Daily Herald described the upcoming development of a corridor plan for the Village of Algonquin and Carpentersville. CMAP's Jason Navota was interviewed.

The Des Plaines City Council approved the Apache Park Neighborhood Plan. Read more in the Daily Herald.

Lake County will host a public open house for the draft Lake County Sustainability Chapter on June 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lake County Central Permit Facility (500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville). The draft chapter will be available for public review and comment before beginning the formal approval process with the Lake County Board.

The Village of Summit will host a visioning workshop for the development of its comprehensive plan on June 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Graves Elementary School (6021 South 74th Avenue, Summit).

The Village of Dixmoor is undergoing a project to identify planning priorities and develop a plan of action. Learn more at the project web page.


O'Hare subregional analysis.  CMAP's new O'Hare Subregional Freight-Manufacturing Drill-Down Report assesses how local conditions support the competitiveness of the subregion's freight and manufacturing cluster and describes opportunities to ensure its continued success. Learn more in a Policy Update

Transport Chicago 2014. Registration is still open for the Transport Chicago Conference on June 6 at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Student Center East (750 S. Halsted St., Chicago). The Transport Chicago Conference features timely research, best practices and innovations in the transportation field, and explores current issues in transportation planning and policy.

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.

Nonprofit Management Conference in Chicago.  On June 2-3, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management will host "Next Practices," a symposium to help nonprofit organizations move beyond the status quo and pursue innovative strategies. CMAP's Bob Dean will speak on a panel, "Aligning Priorities: Government, Foundations, and Nonprofits," with representatives from The Chicago Community Trust and IFF. Attendees can register on-site.

Transit event.  Pace and the Village of Niles will host public open houses for the Niles Free Bus Modernization Project on June 12 at the Niles Public Library (6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles), with sessions at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.  


CMAP and RTA call for projects informational session
June 3, 2014
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
CMAP offices:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP and RTA
More information

Summit Visioning Workshop
June 17, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Graves Elementary School: 6021 South 74th Avenue, Summit
Hosted by the Village of Summit and CMAP
More information