Join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on Thursday, October 7, for our first-ever State of the Region virtual event. This year’s theme, Prosperity with Purpose, looks at progress toward building an inclusive and thriving northeastern Illinois.
Executive director Erin Aleman will deliver a state of the region address, featuring results of CMAP’s new public opinion survey. The findings reveal residents’ attitudes toward key quality-of-life issues and identify successes and challenges across our region. They also uncover how COVID-19 has affected practices and preferences around transportation, open space, and more.
The event will include a keynote address by public health expert Dr. Suzet McKinney; voices of residents around the region; and a ceremony for the winners of CMAP’s 2021 Regional Excellence Awards.
We look forward to welcoming leaders, planners, policymakers, and residents as we work together to achieve the vision of ON TO 2050.
About Dr. McKinney
Dr. Suzet M. McKinney is a public health expert, medical executive, thought leader, strategic thinker and nationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness and response.
As Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay, Dr. McKinney oversees relationships with the scientific, academic, corporate, tech, and governmental sectors involved in the life sciences ecosystem. She also leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s footprint in life sciences nationwide. She previously served as CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, where she managed a 24/7/365 environment that included 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas, four hospitals and more than 40 healthcare-related facilities.
Prior to leading the IMD, Dr. McKinney served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities, in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health. She also provided support to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, lending subject matter expertise in biological terrorism preparedness to the country of Poland.