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Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series

ON TO 2050 Forum Series

Join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for a series of events that will connect local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 -- the region's new comprehensive plan -- can make a difference in your community.

Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues. A resource fair with opportunities and educational materials from CMAP's local and regional partners will also be available at each event. The Small Plans, Big Ideas event series will coincide with the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.

Contact or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Register today, and check back for more information on each event.

Harnessing technology for a safer future

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus
18 S. River St., Aurora
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


How can municipalities in the Chicago region best approach technology changes, responsibly share data, and leverage the research and innovation services CMAP offers to help their communities prosper, improve safety, and bolster inclusive growth?

Focusing your plan for real results

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Joliet Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Planning at a smaller scale -- such as a neighborhood, corridor, or downtown area -- can deliver real benefits for communities. Hear from a panel of your peers who have completed sub-area plans that made a big difference for their residents about how they got it done.


Making it happen -- from plan to project

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Applying for federal infrastructure funding can seem like a confusing maze, but planning ahead can mean real dollars for your community. Hear from a panel of experts about how to get local infrastructure investments in the pipeline for funding, prioritize the best projects, and get hands-on advice for your application.

Planning for an equitable water future

Thursday, October 3, 2019
CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Clean, affordable, abundant water is key to our health, prosperity, and quality of life, but parts of the region are experiencing increased flooding and water quality concerns. Water can be an asset providing recreational and economic opportunities to communities, but for many it can be a devastating burden. Hear from a panel of experts about planning for an integrated approach to water across municipal boundaries.

Benefiting from a changing economy

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way, Elgin
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.


As our economy changes, communities need to prepare for new trends in land use. Hear from a panel of experts how your municipality can stop competing with neighbors, start sharing benefits, and explore new opportunities to capitalize on an economy in transition.


ON TO 2050 Symposium

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St., Chicago
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Attend an all-day symposium with your peers where you will hear advice from communities like yours who have had success making, and implementing, local plans. Sessions will focus on topics including: Disaster and resilience planning, parking management, the future of retail, equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD), how to get your community ready to apply for federal funding, planning with your neighbors, and more.

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