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CMAP Weekly Update, 10-20-17

CMAP happenings

Local Food report released
Having both a diversified agricultural economy and the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious, and affordable food for residents to consume contributes to a resilient region. Read CMAP's new report on Local Food, which summarizes data on crop production, food access, and land preservation and includes findings that will inform the development of ON TO 2050.
 

Planning in the news

Good Morning, New Jersey
CMAP deputy executive director for planning Bob Dean was featured in a podcast by New Start New Jersey. He described the development and implementation of GO TO 2040, including the LTA program.
 
Soles and Spokes
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has published a white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehabilitation. The Project for Public Spaces released The Case for Healthy Places -- a report covering placemaking's role in improving health.
 

Around the region

Bike Walk Every Town
Active Transportation Alliance will hold two Bike Walk Every Town training summits to help residents develop an advocacy campaign for better walking and biking policies. The training for the northwest suburbs will be held in Schaumburg, on Saturday, October 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a training for the south suburbs will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Flossmoor. Registration is free.
 
Brownfields Workshop
Local and regional government officials, nonprofit economic and community development organizations, real estate professionals, property owners, and others are invited to attend a free workshop on Thursday, November 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation Conference Room C (1906 W. 174th St., East Hazel Crest). Attendees will learn about brownfields and available resources. Registration is required.
 
Utility Workshop
The Alliance for Water Efficiency, in partnership with the SWAN North American Alliance, Current, and Global Water Works, will host the second Annual Utility Workshop in Chicago on Monday, November 6, at Uptake (600 W. Chicago Ave., #620), and will feature an interactive exploration of innovative, digital solutions to North American water infrastructure challenges with a special focus on the Midwest region. For more information and to register, visit the workshop website
 
TODrinks
The American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section, in partnership with the Congress for New Urbanism, and Jefferson Park Forward, will hold Transit Oriented Drinks on Thursday, November 9, featuring a walking tour of the Jefferson Park neighborhood to highlight proposed transit-oriented development projects. The tour starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Park Transit Center (4963 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) before heading to Rex Tavern (4933 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) for drinks at 5:15 p.m. Registration is $5.
 

Events

Geodesign: Next Gen GIS
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800 
Chicago, IL 60606
October 26, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
Trick, Trot and Roll
Illinois Route 390 Tollway at Illinois Route 83 (Busse Rd.)
October 28, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 

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