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June 17, 2011
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Community Planning Program. By the June 9, 2011, application deadline for the CMAP/RTA collaboration on the Community Planning Program, CMAP and the RTA had received 20 applications, of which 10 specifically addressed CMAP objectives. CMAP’s focus in this program is on the integration of transportation and land use, while RTA seeks to promote transit oriented development and local transit improvements. Application review continues throughout the summer. More, including a map and collection of applications, is available in Moving Forward.
Other News and Announcements
LTA in the news. The Southtown Star wrote about a public meeting hosted by CMAP, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) in Olympia Fields through the Homes for a Changing Region program, one of four projects receiving assistance through our LTA program. The Village of Park Forest, which is also participating in the Homes for a Changing Region program with CMAP, MPC, and MMC, posted a video from their recently held public meeting. That LTA project was also covered in the Times of Northwest Indiana.
MetroPulse webinar for municipal staff. Are you a data geek? Do you work for a municipality? We need your input on an exciting new municipal data portal project that CMAP will be kicking off in FY2012. From 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, CMAP will provide a special, advanced MetroPulse demonstration focusing on municipal data. After the demonstration, we will seek input on a new MetroPulse initiative that will drill down into municipal data using similar online visualization. Please email Drew Williams-Clark if you would like to attend the meeting in-person at CMAP, or click here to attend via webinar. MetroPulse was developed as part of the Regional Indicators Project, a collaboration between CMAP and The Chicago Community Trust. Launched in November 2010, MetroPulse provides a set of advanced data tools to facilitate local decision making and to track the region's progress in implementing GO TO 2040.
Kane County energy plan. On June 14, the Kane County Board approved a new energy plan (created by the Center for Neighborhood Technology) that could save the county between $1 billion and $3.4 billion over the next 30 years.
County Green mention. The magazine Green Space Today described the recent College of Lake County event that focused on GO TO 2040.
Measuring innovation. World Business Chicago (WBC) blogged about the struggles to define and measure innovation. CMAP is working with WBC, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition to determine the best way to compile, analyze, and disperse a set of metrics including R&D and venture capital activity, new business starts, and more.
FLIP alumnus news. Congratulations to former CMAP Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) participant Julian Smith, who earned a prestigious scholarship to spend two weeks in South Korea as part of a cultural exchange program of the Council on International Educational Exchange, in partnership with the Korea Foundation. Julian is an alumnus of Homewood Flossmoor High School.
Policy Updates. The Brookings Institution issued a report on the increasing percentage of immigrants to the U.S. who are considered highly skilled (Bachelor's degree or higher). Illinois also received an "A" for the health of our freight and logistics industry in the 2011 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report by Conexus Indiana and Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research. And we blogged about the soon-to-be released surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Green Signals. CMAP's transportation operations blog highlights a new report that examined freight transportation performance measures. This report developed a set of performance measures that support investment, operations, and policy decisions involving freight transportation, which is displayed in an easy-to-read system report card.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog announced the upcoming Safe Routes to School National Conference -- today is the last day for discounted, early-bird registration. We also blogged about the City’s first cycle track on Kinzie Street and the new report, Dangerous by Design, which examines and ranks the country’s large metro area in terms of pedestrian safety.
DCEO "IKE" Planning Program. CMAP intends to apply in late June for $4 million through the Illinois Disaster Recovery "IKE" Planning Program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The proposal would create a program of grants for local governments to support community redevelopment and hazard mitigation. Eligible projects would address stormwater management, flood prevention, and green infrastructure through comprehensive planning. CMAP is seeking support from government or nongovernmental partners. To discuss potential roles, please contact Stephen Ostrander (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8696) by June 24. Read more in a staff memo to the CMAP Board and answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.
HUD Preferred Sustainability Status. CMAP’s successful application for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant, which supports the Local Technical Assistance program, has also given our region “Preferred Sustainability Status.” This means that for certain competitive programs, HUD will award bonus points to applications from our region that further the goals of GO TO 2040 and federal livability principles. For more details, please see this CMAP fact sheet.
Apply for FLIP. The 2011-2012 FLIP (Future Leaders in Planning) application is now available. Please share materials with local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for our region. Keep up with FLIP at its Facebook page.
Case study library. CMAP is building a searchable web database of completed local projects that reflect recommendations of the GO TO 2040 plan. If you know of an exemplary project that should be included, please contact Lindsay Banks (email@example.com or 312-386-8826).
"Leave No Child Inside" Month
Various dates and locations
Hosted by Chicago Wilderness partners
Chicago Clean Air Design Challenge - Symposium
June 18, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hosted by Design Makes Change
Sustainability Plans That Work
June 24, 2011
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, CMAP, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Health in All Policies Symposium
June 28, 2011
9:00 a.m. to noon
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by Illinois Public Health Institute and others
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