Posted on May 13, 2011 3:27 PM
May 13, 2011
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CMAP meetings recap. The Board met this past Wednesday and was presented the results of a staff strategic planning effort that linked the implementation action areas in GO TO 2040 to the priorities of the agency and five-year goals for implementation. This led into the Board’s first look at the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget and Work Plan, which the Board will consider for adoption at their June meeting. Also, a state legislative update and the status of the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program were presented and discussed. Prior to the Board's meeting, the Regional Coordinating Committee met. They heard presentations from IDOT and the Tollway on the Elgin O’Hare West Bypass Project and from CMAP staff on the Chicago Region Initiative for Better Buildings (CRIBB) grant. The committee also voted to recommend the FY 2012 Unified Work Program (UWP) for approval to the CMAP Board.
Other News and Announcements
Mayors' press conference. Yesterday mayors from across the state held a media event at the Thompson Center in Chicago to speak out against the possibility that budget maneuvers in Springfield could result in significant lost sales tax revenues for municipalities. Read more at the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
CMAP in the news. Writing this week about Mayor-elect Emanuel's possible transit priorities, the Trib's Jon Hilkevitch stated that the GO TO 2040 plan "offers the new mayor a road map to follow." The Daily Herald's Marni Pyke also included some GO TO 2040 facts on weekday transit ridership in her column. And in the Nation's Cities Weekly, read about a panel discussion about freight in which I participated at the 2011 Rail Conference.
ICLEI partnership. CMAP has partnered with Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) to become a Regional Affiliate of the nonprofit, which will provide our organization with technical support and tools to improve sustainability performance. Learn more in this video.
Mayor Zabrocki. Congratulations to Mayor Ed Zabrocki of Tinley Park, who was recognized for his 30th year in office at last week's annual business breakfast.
Sustainable deconstruction webinar. On May 31, CMAP and the Delta Institute will host a free webinar, Deconstruction and Reuse: Creating Economic Development with a Sustainable Alternative to Demolition. Industry experts will provide an overview of deconstruction and reuse, outline supporting policies, ordinances and funding, and will discuss opportunities available for contractors, retailers, workforce development professionals, and others. Contact Lori Heringa (312-386-8621 or email@example.com) with questions.
Grant writing workshop. The Grant Management Workshop, in partnership with Cook County Sheriff’s Department, will offer two-day grant writing training in Maywood on June 13 and 14, 2011. The training is applicable to grant recipients across all disciplines and will review federal grant regulations and explain what to do after grant funds have been received.
Chaddick Event. DePaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development will host a free program, "Plans, Projects, and Priorities: The Planning Legacy of the Two Mayor Daleys," on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The site is DePaul's Loop campus (14 E. Jackson, 16th floor, Dublin Room). A reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited due, so RSVP today to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO TO 2040 roundtables. If you missed the last Metropolitan Planning Council roundtable on GO TO 2040 (titled "We Have a Plan. Let's Do It!"), audio is now available. CMAP Board member President Michael Gorman of the Village of Riverside introduced and moderated the April panel. Audio from the February GO TO 2040 roundtable, "We Have a Plan. Who's With Us?", is also available on-line.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog announced a series of web briefings being offered by ITE and TRB on the content and methods of the new Highway Capacity Manual, including its new multimodal methodologies and applications. There is also an upcoming APBP webinar on how social media can help improve bicycling and walking facilities and conditions. Finally, we alerted readers to a new report and data brief by the Children’s Memorial Research Center analyzing injuries to children and adolescents as a result of motor vehicle crashes in Illinois and the City of Chicago.
Green Signals. CMAP’s transportation operations blog highlights a report that examines new methods developed to estimate freeway performance measures to support decision support tools for operations of traffic management centers in Florida.
Policy Updates. Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel released his transition report this week, which is designed to serve as a "scorecard" for his mayoral term.
County Green. The College of Lake County in Grayslake will present County Green, a one-day event on May 24 to promote a sustainable future in Lake County. I am pleased to participate as keynote speaker and panelist to discuss GO TO 2040. The event lasts from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration is $50. For more information, contact Sophie Gatins (email@example.com or 312-706-2533). Read more at Trib Local.
Community Planning Program. On April 6, 2011, CMAP, in collaboration with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), launched the 2012 Community Planning Program. This competitive grant program will provide funding for northeastern Illinois municipalities to participate in projects linking land use and transportation. This partnership between the two agencies will provide additional funding to an expanded base of eligible applicants and projects, as well as facilitate inter-agency coordination. The application deadline is 3:00 p.m. CST on June 9, 2011.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8826).
Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Summit
May 17, 2011
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law: 565 W. Adams, Chicago
Fairmont Planning Kickoff
May 19, 2011
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fairmont Community Center: 525 Barry Avenue, Lockport
Hosted by CMAP, Will County
May 24, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
College of Lake County: 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake
Women's Transportation Seminar luncheon
May 25, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Petterino's: 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago
Bike the Drive
May 29, 2011
Lake Shore Drive
Hosted by MB Financial Bank
Save $5 on registration with coupon code CMAP5
"Leave No Child Inside" Month
Various dates and locations
Hosted by Chicago Wilderness partners
June 3, 2011
211 East Chicago Ave, Chicago
Early registration through May 23
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