Definitions of words and acronyms found in ON TO 2050 are below.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Housing that costs the owner or renter no more than 30 percent of household income.
Arterial Rapid Transit
Automated Speed Enforcement
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Bus Rapid Transit
Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources
A system or program that helps individuals to alternate between and combine education, training, and employment over time. Along the way, well-articulated guidance and support services enable them to pursue a series of manageable steps leading to attainment of industry-recognized credentials and career advancement in growing occupations.
Chicago Contractor Development Program
Cook County Land Bank Authority
Chicago Community Trust
Community Development Commission
Community Development Financial Institution
Chicago Department of Transportation
Community Housing Development Organization
Corridor Improvement Project
The ability of our region and its communities to prepare for and recover from the acute shocks and chronic stresses of climate change by transforming our infrastructure, natural systems, and social structures to be more responsive and adaptable.
A plan or program to make organized, concerted investments in addressing the growth constraints of a cluster in which the region has a competitive advantage.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Council of Government
Conservation oriented development
Concentrates development on a site to maintain agricultural or natural areas in perpetuity, and may also integrate other sustainable practices.
Community Reinvestment Act
Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program
Chicago Regional Growth Corporation
Chicago Transit Authority
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Distributed Energy Resource
Areas that have experienced a persistent, long-term lack of market investment, measured by a long term loss of jobs, low levels of lending to small businesses, and low property values. These areas are a focus for strategies that seek to reinvest in communities that have been left behind, improving quality of life and economic opportunity for entire communities to promote inclusive growth.
Department of Transportation
The collective services from an array of natural resources and processes; they include cleaning the air, filtering and cooling water, storing and cycling nutrients, conserving and generating soils, pollinating crops and other plants, regulating climate, sequestering carbon, protecting areas against storm and flood damage, providing habitat, and maintaining hydrology and water supplies.
Economically Disconnected Areas. Areas with a concentration of low income residents and either minority residents or residents with limited proficiency in English. These areas are a focus for strategies that improve connections between residents and the region’s economy to promote inclusive growth.
Economic Development for a Growing Economy
Economic Development Organization
Elgin O'Hare Western Access
Environmental Protection Agency
Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Housing Administration
Federal Highway Administration
State and local governments' ability to fund necessary services and infrastructure in the short and long term with available revenues.
Federal Transit Administration
Water rates set to recover the full cost of providing water service.
A virtual geographic boundary that can set different rules or enable different options for GPS-enabled devices within the area.
Geographic Information System
Green Infrastructure Vision
Housing and Transportation
Health Impact Assessment
Households and businesses of similar income level and scale share a similar tax burden.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The skills, knowledge, experience, and ingenuity of the region’s residents.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Housing Development Authority
A financial subsidy provided to a private business or developer to induce economic, fiscal, or other goals. Incentives can take many forms like tax credits, rebates, abatements, and preferences; non-tax cash grants and loans; or other inducements like infrastructure investments, fee waivers, and land write-downs.
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America
Illinois Natural History Survey
Integrated water resource management
An approach to water resource planning and management that coordinates water supply, groundwater, stormwater, and wastewater management for long term resilience and reliability.
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois State Water Survey
Intelligent Transportation System
A group of related industries and firms that sell products and services primarily to the region’s local residents, businesses, and institutions.
Local Technical Assistance
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
Motor Fuel Tax
Transit that uses small or medium sized vehicles, often privately operated on flexible routes.
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Metropolitan Planning Council
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Natural Areas Acquisition Fund
National Water Quality Assessment
North Central Service
National Environmental Policy Act
National Flood Insurance Program
National Highway System
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Northwest Water Planning Alliance
Open Space Lands Acquisition Development
Reservation-based transportation service for people with disabilities, without fixed routes or timetables.
A data-driven process for allocating scarce funding and addressing key needs.
Preservation for Affordable Housing
Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
Regionally Significant Projects
Capital investments the region’s expressways, transit system, and arterials with impacts and benefits that are large enough to warrant additional discussion through the regional planning process.
Northeastern Illinois Regional Greenways and Trails Plan
Rock Island District
Red-Purple Line Modernization
Regionally Significant Project
Regional Transportation Authority
Suburban Metropolitan Area Rapid Transit
Special Service Area
South Suburban Land Bank Development Authority
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Stormwater utility fee
A user fee based on the demands property owners place on the drainage system, such as one based on a property’s impervious surface.
Targeted Reinvestment Area. Locally-designated places that help implement plan priorities around investing in transit and mixed use areas, disinvested areas, and economic centers and are therefore a priority for infill development, infrastructure investment, and other assistance.
A regional concentration of related industries and firms that sell products and services outside of the region and gain specific competitive advantages from their close proximity, shared human capital assets, and improved access to inputs.
Public sector agencies that manage the region's public transit system, including CTA, Metra, Pace, and RTA.
Public agencies and private companies that offer transit services.
Transit Signal Priority
Urban Land Institute
United States Army Corps of Engineers
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Geological Survey
Unified Work Program
Vehicle Miles Traveled
Water demand management
Water conservation strategies that can help meet future water demands through reducing water use, such as universal metering, water accounting and loss control, water costing and pricing, water reuse and recycling, and information and education.
Workforce Investment Board
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Workforce development system
The complex network of organizations and activities committed to preparing individuals for employment, helping workers advance in their careers, and ensuring a skilled workforce. The system most directly involves public, non-profit, and for-profit institutions that offer education and training programs, as well as public workforce agencies that provide job-placement assistance, apprenticeships, and related support services like transportation or childcare. Other stakeholders include employers, business associations, unions, public and philanthropic funders, and community-based organizations.