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CMAP Weekly Update, 9-29-17

Regional Economic Indicators update

We recently updated the Innovation section of the CMAP Regional Economic Indicators microsite with 2016 data suggesting that the Chicago region has experienced slower growth in innovation and entrepreneurship compared to other metropolitan areas, despite receiving 3,826 U.S. utility patents, securing $1.1 billion in venture capital, and employing nearly 550,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers over the last year. 
In related coverage, Crain's Chicago Business reported that Lake and Will counties continue to gain jobs in manufacturing, one of the economic employment clusters that CMAP monitors. 

Planning in the news

University of Chicago urbanism resource
As described in the Center for New Urbanism (CNU) Public Square journal, the University of Chicago has created a collection of urbanism-related academic research. For more information or to contribute, contact Professor Emily Talen ( 
Soles and Spokes
The American Journal of Public Health has published a study revealing connections between bicycle infrastructure, bicycle use, and bicyclist safety. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center announced new and renewing Walk Friendly Communities -- three of which are in our region (Chicago, Evanston, and Forest Park).

CMAP happenings

Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan public meeting
What should Des Plaines look like in 2030? The City of Des Plaines is working with CMAP to update its Comprehensive Plan, the document that will guide development and land use decisions in the city for years to come. Share your thoughts at a public meeting on Wednesday, October 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Frisbie Senior Center (52 Northwest Hwy., Des Plaines). This project is supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program. Contact Enrique Castillo ( or 312-386-8689) with questions.

Around the region

Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) awards
Last week, MPC held its annual luncheon, presenting the Champion Fighter Award to John A. Canning, chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, and the 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning to the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Cal-Sag Coalition.
Amazon competition
A press release describes cooperation by partners including the State of Illinois and City of Chicago in formulating the bid to attract Amazon's second headquarters to our region. The New York Times reported on the lengths to which some bidders might go.
Illinois Route 390 opening
In partnership with the Chicago Area Runners Association, the Illinois Tollway will host Trick, Trot, and Roll to celebrate the opening of the eastern segment of IL Route 390 Tollway with a 5K fun run, family festival, and open bike/skate on Saturday, October 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the event page
Placemaking in transportation planning
Transportation for America has published Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan. A webinar discussion will be held on Friday, October 13, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Energy efficiency program
Local governments and public sector organizations can apply for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to update and retrofit public facilities and/or streetlights. Submit a proposal through Wednesday, November 1. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2017.
Stormwater Inspector training
The National Stormwater Center is offering MS4 personnel a two-day training on stormwater permit compliance on November 6 and 7. Registration is required.
Metra strategic plan
Customers, stakeholders, and the public can comment on the draft comprehensive strategic plan through Friday, October 6. The final plan will be presented at Metra's board meeting in November.


Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan public meeting
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
October 18, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.