Thursday, October 10, 2019
Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St., Chicago
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Attend an all-day symposium with your peers to learn from communities like yours who have had success making and implementing local plans. In addition to learning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process for the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.
Registration costs $30 and includes lunch. The day will also include a "Planning with your neighbors" facilitated networking session to encourage multijurisdictional planning, a resource fair with educational and technical assistance opportunities from our partners, and a lunchtime conversation hosted by CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman. Need-based waivers or discounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Panels will include:
Finding equitable solutions to build climate resilience
CMAP research shows that in our region the effects of climate change, which lead to increased urban flooding, disproportionately affects lower-income communities. Hear from a panel of experts about effective outreach, education, and empowerment strategies for communities most affected. Panelists include Marcella Bondie Keenan, Program Director of RainReady at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Nora Beck, CMAP Senior Planner.
Rightsizing parking in your community
Empty parking spaces can mean diminished neighborhood affordability. Learn strategies to right-size parking and dispel assumptions and myths about parking demand. Panelists include Lindsay Bayley, CMAP Senior Planner, Debbie Liu, Community Engagement Associate at Metropolitan Planning Council, and Rory Fancler, Planner at Kimley-Horn and Associates.
Future-proofing commercial districts
As our economy faces an unknown future, hear from experts about how to support commercial corridors struggling with vacancies with strategies focused on supporting existing business owners, inviting new opportunity, connecting to transit, and creating quality jobs for all residents. This panel includes Abraham Lacy, Executive Director of the Far South Community Development Corporation.
Achieving TOD without displacement
Learn more about implementing Equitable Transit Oriented Development, or eTOD, to ensure transit infrastructure investments remain inclusive by enhancing opportunities for affordable housing, employment, and small business support. This panel will include Roberto Requejo, Program Director at Elevated Chicago and Thomas Applegate, Executive Director of the North River Commission.
How can technology improve public safety?
Learn how emerging technologies can help your community plan for disasters, reduce response times for emergency vehicles, communicate better with the public in times of emergency, and more. Panelists include Kareeshma Ali, Design Research Lead at Greater Good Studio, Katie Freeman, Director of Operations at Hagerty Consulting, and Hillary Beata, Digital Services Specialist at the City of Evanston.
Aspiration to implementation
Once a plan is complete the first question is "How will this get done?" Learn how your community can get local infrastructure investments in the pipeline for funding and prioritize the best projects that will have the most benefit for all residents.