211 2040 Regional Vision

The 2040 Regional Vision

In 2008, the CMAP Board of Directors approved several vision statements for the 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan reflecting the goals of the northeastern region of Illinois. 211 is an integral human services information and referral tool that aligns specifically with some vision statements. 211 can be considered one of many potential outcomes from working toward achieving these visions. The region can also consider how 211 could unify existing agencies with the purpose of streamlining the delivery of human service information and referrals to the public. The remainder of this strategy report will describe 211 within a national context.

Regional Visions that align with 211 Development in Illinois

1. The region will be strengthened by taking an active approach to equity. The benefits and burdens caused by the region's investments and policies will be fairly distributed to all parts of the region. In addition, these benefits and burdens will be shared between groups of people, regardless of age, gender, income, race, ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability status. All residents will have the opportunity to access the region's economic, educational, housing, and other assets. Also, the diversity of the region's many cultures will be celebrated as one of our strengths. 211 would make access to human services equitable which increases the opportunity for residents to improve their economic, educational, and housing circumstances

2. The region will embrace innovation and use creative strategies to meet our challenges and opportunities. Our innovation will drive economic growth and keep our region competitive in the changing global economy. It will also allow us to address environmental, energy, social, and infrastructure problems. The region will be on the forefront of developing new technologies, with innovative approaches to providing public services and increasing cooperation between public and private sectors. 211 would involve technology and innovation on improving provision of public services, including web interface and regionally integrated databases

3. The region's governance systems will be characterized by high degrees of intergovernmental coordination and planning. Leaders will recognize the interdependence of our communities and will work across political boundaries to address issues affecting multiple jurisdictions. While celebrating the diversity of our municipalities, the region will plan collaboratively for mutual benefit to promote efficiency and equity in planning our region's economic, environmental, social, educational, and infrastructure systems. Planning for physical infrastructure and the use of land will be coordinated, creating links to social systems like health care, public safety, education, andsocial services. 211 would challenge local governments to work together to build a beneficial service for residents, governments, and public servants such as emergency first responders

4. Regional planning decisions will consider and improve the health of residents of our region. Residents across our region will choose healthy lifestyles that benefit from the availability of open space, Transportation and recreation options, healthy food, clean water, and clean air. The region's residents will be able to access our strong system of health