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CMAP Regional Excellence Awards

Overview

Deadline extended to Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Have you worked on a project that improved quality of life for residents in the region? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) wants to honor you and the projects that have made northeastern Illinois a better place to live, work, and do business.

The CMAP Regional Excellence Awards program offers a unique opportunity for municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates to have their exceptional work recognized by peers from across northeastern Illinois. CMAP is seeking nominations for individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make them more economically competitive. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our first-ever State of the Region event on October 7, 2021.

If you have a community, agency, or partner organization deserving of recognition, learn more about our awards program and make a nomination by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Awards criteria

Equity with Impact Award
Recognizes a plan, project, or initiative that advances inclusive regional growth and investment. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Improved quality of life for residents in the region’s economically disconnected areas

  • Strengthened economic opportunities for people of color and residents who live in communities with low incomes.

  • Created tangible results that addressed regional inequities

  • Used inclusive public engagement and innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Partners for Progress Award
Recognizes a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional plan, project, or initiative that targets regional investment in fiscally sound and equitable ways. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Improved regional systems and networks that address transportation, housing, natural environments, or water conservation

  • Managed public revenues sustainably to maximize regional benefits

  • Prioritized collaboration among organizations from different communities

  • Used measurable objectives to create opportunities

  • Incorporated innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Regional Resilience Award
Recognizes a plan, project, or initiative that helps communities prepare for and recover from economic or environmental challenges. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Strengthened the capacity of communities, infrastructure, and operations to anticipate or respond to challenges

  • Strengthened resiliency to address the rising risks of climate change

  • Created tangible results that addressed regional challenges

  • Incorporated innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Visionary Leader Award
Recognizes a person or organization whose leadership has made northeastern Illinois more inclusive, resilient, and economically competitive. A nomination should demonstrate the following criteria:

  • A vision for our region’s future that incorporates CMAP’s core values to serve with passion, pursue equity, foster collaboration, lead with excellence, and drive innovation.


How to nominate a community, agency, or partner organization

  • A nominated project must uplift at least one principle or recommendation of ON TO 2050, northeastern Illinois’ long-range plan.

  • Nominees must be located in CMAP’s seven-county region of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

  • A project, plan, or initiative can be nominated in only one award category.

  • A nomination must include a 500-word narrative (at maximum) describing a project, plan, initiative or visionary leader.

  • Submissions will be accepted below.

  • Nominations for the Equity with Impact, Regional Resilience, and Partners for Progress awards must include the project plan. Email attachments to stateoftheregion@cmap.illinois.gov.

Nomination form

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CMAP Regional Excellence Awards

Overview

Deadline extended to Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Have you worked on a project that improved quality of life for residents in the region? The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) wants to honor you and the projects that have made northeastern Illinois a better place to live, work, and do business.

The CMAP Regional Excellence Awards program offers a unique opportunity for municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates to have their exceptional work recognized by peers from across northeastern Illinois. CMAP is seeking nominations for individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make them more economically competitive. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our first-ever State of the Region event on October 7, 2021.

If you have a community, agency, or partner organization deserving of recognition, learn more about our awards program and make a nomination by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Awards criteria

Equity with Impact Award
Recognizes a plan, project, or initiative that advances inclusive regional growth and investment. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Improved quality of life for residents in the region’s economically disconnected areas

  • Strengthened economic opportunities for people of color and residents who live in communities with low incomes.

  • Created tangible results that addressed regional inequities

  • Used inclusive public engagement and innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Partners for Progress Award
Recognizes a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional plan, project, or initiative that targets regional investment in fiscally sound and equitable ways. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Improved regional systems and networks that address transportation, housing, natural environments, or water conservation

  • Managed public revenues sustainably to maximize regional benefits

  • Prioritized collaboration among organizations from different communities

  • Used measurable objectives to create opportunities

  • Incorporated innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Regional Resilience Award
Recognizes a plan, project, or initiative that helps communities prepare for and recover from economic or environmental challenges. A nominated project should demonstrate at least two of the following criteria:

  • Strengthened the capacity of communities, infrastructure, and operations to anticipate or respond to challenges

  • Strengthened resiliency to address the rising risks of climate change

  • Created tangible results that addressed regional challenges

  • Incorporated innovative practices that can be replicated elsewhere


Visionary Leader Award
Recognizes a person or organization whose leadership has made northeastern Illinois more inclusive, resilient, and economically competitive. A nomination should demonstrate the following criteria:

  • A vision for our region’s future that incorporates CMAP’s core values to serve with passion, pursue equity, foster collaboration, lead with excellence, and drive innovation.


How to nominate a community, agency, or partner organization

  • A nominated project must uplift at least one principle or recommendation of ON TO 2050, northeastern Illinois’ long-range plan.

  • Nominees must be located in CMAP’s seven-county region of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

  • A project, plan, or initiative can be nominated in only one award category.

  • A nomination must include a 500-word narrative (at maximum) describing a project, plan, initiative or visionary leader.

  • Submissions will be accepted below.

  • Nominations for the Equity with Impact, Regional Resilience, and Partners for Progress awards must include the project plan. Email attachments to stateoftheregion@cmap.illinois.gov.

Nomination form

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CMAP Regional Excellence Awards