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February 19, 2016
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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-19-16

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IMPORTANT re: Next plan open house.  Anticipating heavy turnout at CMAP on Wednesday for the 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. launch event, we encourage you to consider arriving after 10:30 and avoid the early crowds.  The open house format ensures that you won't miss anything -- except maybe a line, which we'll do our best to avoid.  Be sure to bring photo ID to expedite building security in the Willis Tower lobby. 

#2050BigIdeas.  Even if you can't make it to the open house, we want your input for the region's next comprehensive plan.  Share your #2050BigIdeas on Twitter and Facebook, and please follow the plan's development for many other engagement opportunities.

Speaking of big ideas...Take a peek at seldom-seen parts of Union Station in this Curbed Chicago story based on a Metropolitan Planning Council roundtable discussion of planned extensive renovations.

Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  A study from Resources for the Future examines impacts of the Washington D.C. bike share program on urban traffic congestion.  As part of its "City Makers" series, CityLab has created a website with an interactive timeline of the history of the global bike-share boom.

TMA annual meeting.  The Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake Cook will host its Annual Highway Construction Meeting on Thursday, March 17, at 9:00 a.m. at Baxter Healthcare Auditorium (1 Baxter Parkway, Deerfield).  Registration is required by March 14.

Another big idea.  The New York Times described development of products for the future of multimodal commuting.  The Ford Motors project is being conducted in Chicago and includes development of technologies to give commuters more choices for getting around.

IDNR public workshop.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold its third William W. Powers State Recreation Area Park Enhancement Recommendations Plan workshop on Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the park's visitors center (12949 S Avenue O, Chicago).  They invite participants to weigh in on park uses, conflicts, tradeoffs, and partnerships.   Visit www.williampowers2016.wordpress.com for more.

Wood workshop.  What happens to community trees when they must be felled?  The Full Circle Urban Forest Conference will propose innovative ways to capture beautiful, unique, and accessible wood products from landscape trees that need to come down. The Illinois Wood Utilization Team hosts the conference on March 18, along with an Urban Lumber and Sawmill workshop on March 17 in Oak Brook to connect land stewards with growing green businesses that are reclaiming sustainable wood products from local urban forests.  Register here.


Census workshops.  There are still spots available for a free, hands-on workshop about U.S. Census products for urban planning on March 16 and April 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago).  Municipal planning staff and volunteers are invited to attend one of the two workshops, each of which will feature the all-new U.S. Census website, hands-on searches for municipal data, and an introduction to OnTheMap, featuring characteristics of workers who live and/or work in your municipality.  Five laptops will be provided and five additional seats will be reserved for persons bringing their own laptops.  To RSVP or for more information, contact Jon Hallas (jhallas@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8764).


February 24, 2016
9:30 a.m. to noon
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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Illinois Lake Management Association Annual Conference
February 29 to March 2, 2016
Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St., Springfield
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Urban Think & Drink: Secretary Ray LaHood
March 3, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago
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Transportation Management Association of Lake Cook Annual Highway Construction Meeting
March 17, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Baxter Healthcare Auditorium (1 Baxter Parkway, Deerfield)
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