The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9.Regional Water Supply Planning Group. The committee met this week and heard from several presenters to discuss sustainability and water conservation. Their next meeting is January 22, 2008 at the CMAP offices. Watch /regional-water-supply-planning for updates.The deal is sealed. We had a fine turnout for today's "Seal the Deal" economic and community development event in Oak Brook, where I gave opening remarks. Panelists included Mayor Randy Pye of Centennial, Colorado, who directs investor relations for Metro Denver. Attendees also heard from Michael Murphy, executive vice president of development for CenterPoint Industrial Properties (http://www.centerpoint-prop.com/), which is developing a massive intermodal complex in Elwood, Illinois. The session provided a good exchange of ideas between development professionals and local officials who need to plan together for positive outcomes. RTA budget hearings. The Regional Transportation Authority will hold 12 hearings in its six-county region to facilitate public input about the 2008 proposed operating and capital program budget for the region’s transit system. See http://www.rtachicago.com/ for a schedule of hearings, which begin on Thursday, December 6, and continue through Thursday, December 13. The proposed budget is obviously significant for riders across metropolitan Chicago, and this is a chance for them to be heard.BurnhamPlan100 on the web. The Burnham Plan Centennial has launched its new website -- www.burnhamplan100.org -- with lots of information about planned activities and how to get involved. The website will continue to expand and evolve leading up to and throughout 2009, the hundredth anniversary of Daniel Burnham's and Edward Bennett's landmark Plan of Chicago.I-355 on National Geographic Channel. The I-355 Des Plaines River Valley Bridge project will be featured on "Man-Made: Super Roads" on the National Geographic Channel on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. See http://tinyurl.com/2qedo6 for the schedule.Reminder: Community Engagement RFQ. Applications are due on Friday December 7, 2007, for a request for qualifications (/requests-for-proposals) from CMAP's Community Engagement Assistance Program. Community-based organizations are being sought to conduct outreach activities to supplement CMAP’s Public Engagement Plan for the Regional Comprehensive Plan. Organizations will be responsible for bringing local stakeholders together to share their ideas and vision for the future of northeastern Illinois. CMAP wants to learn what residents hope the region will look like in 2040. Please share this information with any organizations you think might be interested.Reminder: Climate Change summit. CMAP's next Innovation + Integration summit is fast approaching on December 11, 2007, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. See http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/home for registration and program details of "Creating a Regional Agenda to Address Climate Change," which will feature a mix nationally recognized and local speakers discussing the anticipated effects of climate change and potential responses by metropolitan Chicago. The $55.00 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, call 312.386.8704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Reminder: MPC roundtable luncheon. On Thursday, December 6, I will be part of a lunchtime panel with author Reid Ewing at the Metropolitan Planning Council's event, "The Heat is On: Why hybrid vehicles won't save the planet." He authored a new report, "Growing Cooler: the Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change," which is linked at http://tinyurl.com/2xkdnv along with the event details. Call Pam Lee at 312-863-6011.
(Please see the CMAP Events calendar for Board and committee meetings.)