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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-18-14

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Workforce data.  CMAP continues the rollout of its regional economic indicators microsite this week with the release of four workforce measures – educational attainment, workforce participation, the skills gap, and STEM occupations.  These indicators provide a long-term snapshot of workforce trends in the region, and where data are available, compare metropolitan Chicago to peer regions such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.  The launch of this data was highlighted by WBEZ and in a Policy Update.  Analysis on clusters will be available Monday.

ENDING SOON:  Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public comment period.  Time is running out to provide input on the draft GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan update and the draft federal fiscal year 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document and list of proposed projects, which have been released for public comment through August 1, 2014.  Residents can submit feedback on-line, and CMAP will hold a final public hearing on July 31 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at CMAP's offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago;  RSVP encouraged).  The event will feature plan update materials and the draft FFY 2014-19 TIP for review and comment, with CMAP staff on hand to answer questions.  Read more about the public comment period in the Northbrook Star.

State economic strategic plan.  A CMAP Policy Update explores the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity strategic economic development plan released this month. 

State road usage fees.  Oregon will deploy the nation's first road usage fee through a voluntary program in 2015.  A Policy Update summarizes a report on the state's 2012-13 pilot program, through which per mile charges resulted in 28 percent more revenue than would have been collected under the state motor fuel tax.

Federal transportation reauthorization.  This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, an eight-month extension of the federal highway program, by a vote of 367 in favor and 55 opposed.  A previous Policy Update reviewed the bill's provisions, including its nearly $11 billion in transfers to the Highway Trust Fund.

Other News and Announcements

Improved GO TO 2040 case studies library.  The GO TO 2040 case studies library, which highlights implementation activities for completed Local Technical Assistance projects and other examples of work that support recommendations from the comprehensive regional plan, is back on our website and more user-friendly.  The interactive map allows users to search case studies by location and topic.  For more information or to suggest new case studies, please contact Lindsay Bayley ( or 312-386-8826).

CMAQ in the news.  DNAinfo discussed the increased economic development occurring near the Chicago Transit Authority's Morgan Street "L" station.  CBS Local described the extension of Pace's bus on shoulder program to I-55 and improved service on the Jane Addams Tollway.  Each project is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Water scarcity.  CMAP's Tim Loftus discussed water resource management issues in metropolitan Chicago on WBEZ's Morning Shift program (interview begins at the six-minute mark).

Strong Northwest Indiana symposium.  The White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities will host a symposium in northwest Indiana on July 22-23, 2014 at the Genesis Convention Center (1 Genesis Center Plaza) in Gary, IN.  Registration costs $45.

Land bank workshop.  The Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with the Cook County Land Bank Authority and South Suburban Land Bank and Development Authority, will host a workshop on doing business with the latter two organizations on Thursday July 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago (65 W. Jackson Boulevard). 

Transportation planning conference.  The Illinois Department of Transportation fall planning conference will be held on October 9-10, 2014 in Bloomington-Normal.  Pre-registration is due September 25.

Local Technical Assistance

The City of Berwyn and Berwyn Development Corporation will hold a public workshop for development of a Depot District parking study on Saturday, August 2 from 10:30 a.m to noon at the Berwyn Police Department (6401 W. 31st Street).  Residents and business owners can also share input via an on-line survey.

The Morton Grove Champion previewed a meeting held this week with representatives from the Village of Morton Grove and local manufacturing, industrial, and office business owners to discuss the community's draft Industrial Areas Plan.

The Village of Hinsdale parking management plan was featured in a Hinsdalean story, quoting CMAP's Lindsay Bayley. The Northwest Herald and Suburban Life highlighted the transportation plan under development in Crystal Lake.  A public kickoff meeting was held on Wednesday.


2014 ArcGIS workshops.  Two spots are open for the July 30-31 session of CMAP's Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop.  CMAP will also offer sessions September 17-18, November 5-6, and December 3-4.  The cost is $350.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (

FLIP applications.  Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22, 2014.  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).

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.

Transportation symposium.  The 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium for engineers, academics, and law enforcement professionals to discuss and improve the intersection of highway and rail systems will be held August 3-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Register on-line.


Fox River Corridor Plan kick-off meeting
July 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran School: 300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin
Hosted by the Villages of Carpentersville and Algonquin
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Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public hearing
July 31, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning: 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP

Berwyn Depot District parking workshop
August 2, 2014
10:30 a.m. to noon
Berwyn Police Department: 6401 W. 31st Street, Berwyn
Hosted by the City of Berwyn, the Berwyn Development Corporation, and CMAP
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