CMAP Weekly Update, 3-26-21

Dive into data for World Water Day

The theme for this year's World Water Day, celebrated on Monday, March 22, was valuing water. One way to think about the value of water is through its cost. Population growth and industrial development have led to increasing groundwater withdrawals in northeastern Illinois. In some areas, groundwater is withdrawn faster than it is replaced, leading to decreasing yields, more pumping demands, and the search for alternative water sources — all of which increase the cost of providing water.

To help municipalities coordinate and conserve our shared water supply, CMAP worked with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to develop regional water data. CMAP also made a video that highlights five ways communities can use this data. Watch the video.

Preserving agriculture in northeastern Illinois

On National Agriculture Day, Tuesday, March 23, we celebrated how agriculture contributes to the rural character and economies of the region's collar counties. Nearly 900,000 acres, or 35 percent of northeastern Illinois' land area, are in agricultural production. The region is projected to add more than 1.9 million residents and 700,000 jobs by 2050. Infill and reinvestment strategies can help diminish the pressure for new development of agricultural and natural lands.

In ON TO 2050, our comprehensive plan for the region, we identify strategies to minimize the potential environmental and fiscal impacts of new development, with a goal of maintaining and enhancing agricultural and natural resources. Read more.

CMAP’s legislative agenda highlights ways to sustainably fund transportation

Current funding for road and transit projects can't keep pace with growing maintenance needs, let alone improvements crucial to northeastern Illinois' recovery and economic competitiveness.

To address the maintenance backlog, CMAP's state legislative agenda focuses on three policies recommended in ON TO 2050. A pilot program for a road usage charge, additional regional revenues, and congestion pricing all would help alleviate funding constraints. The state also needs to consider equity in these programs to ensure a transportation system that works for everyone. Enacting these policies would help build and maintain a world-class system that keeps people and goods moving throughout northeastern Illinois.

Learn more about CMAP's legislative agenda for the 102nd General Assembly.

CMAP executive director profiled for Women's History Month

As part of their celebration of Women's History Month, the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors recently profiled CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman. A huge gap remains between the number of women and men working in the logistics and transportation sector. In the article, Aleman shares details about her mentor, discusses professional development, and offers advice to women considering a career in transportation.

Join us for a discussion on rental assistance during the pandemic

Renters have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are struggling to keep up with rent, raising concerns about a wave of evictions in the future. Landlords are struggling with reduced revenue and late payments. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is launching a new rental assistance program in mid-April. Municipalities can play an important role by connecting renters and landlords to financial assistance.

Please join us on Friday, April 9, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to learn how renters and landlords can connect to available programs. Speakers include Rodrigo Carrillo of IHDA, Esther Salutillo of the village of Mount Prospect, and Stacie Young of The Preservation Compact. Register here.

Help identify green infrastructure in Calumet area

The Metropolitan Planning Council, in coordination with the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, is developing the Green Infrastructure Baseline Inventory, a free and publicly available dataset that documents green infrastructure installations in the Calumet area. Information about existing green infrastructure installations still is needed. If you have data to contribute, please visit the Metropolitan Planning Council's website for more information.

RTA opens call for projects to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has opened a call for projects for the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program through Thursday, April 22. Section 5310 is a federal program designed to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Approximately $9.7 million in funding is available for local governments, nonprofits, and transportation providers through RTA’s open competitive process. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Fluturi Demirovski at 312-913-3239 or email Section5310@rtachicago.org.

Events

2021 Urban Forum: Closing the Wealth Gap
April 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region
April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center

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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-26-21

Dive into data for World Water Day

The theme for this year's World Water Day, celebrated on Monday, March 22, was valuing water. One way to think about the value of water is through its cost. Population growth and industrial development have led to increasing groundwater withdrawals in northeastern Illinois. In some areas, groundwater is withdrawn faster than it is replaced, leading to decreasing yields, more pumping demands, and the search for alternative water sources — all of which increase the cost of providing water.

To help municipalities coordinate and conserve our shared water supply, CMAP worked with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to develop regional water data. CMAP also made a video that highlights five ways communities can use this data. Watch the video.

Preserving agriculture in northeastern Illinois

On National Agriculture Day, Tuesday, March 23, we celebrated how agriculture contributes to the rural character and economies of the region's collar counties. Nearly 900,000 acres, or 35 percent of northeastern Illinois' land area, are in agricultural production. The region is projected to add more than 1.9 million residents and 700,000 jobs by 2050. Infill and reinvestment strategies can help diminish the pressure for new development of agricultural and natural lands.

In ON TO 2050, our comprehensive plan for the region, we identify strategies to minimize the potential environmental and fiscal impacts of new development, with a goal of maintaining and enhancing agricultural and natural resources. Read more.

CMAP’s legislative agenda highlights ways to sustainably fund transportation

Current funding for road and transit projects can't keep pace with growing maintenance needs, let alone improvements crucial to northeastern Illinois' recovery and economic competitiveness.

To address the maintenance backlog, CMAP's state legislative agenda focuses on three policies recommended in ON TO 2050. A pilot program for a road usage charge, additional regional revenues, and congestion pricing all would help alleviate funding constraints. The state also needs to consider equity in these programs to ensure a transportation system that works for everyone. Enacting these policies would help build and maintain a world-class system that keeps people and goods moving throughout northeastern Illinois.

Learn more about CMAP's legislative agenda for the 102nd General Assembly.

CMAP executive director profiled for Women's History Month

As part of their celebration of Women's History Month, the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors recently profiled CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman. A huge gap remains between the number of women and men working in the logistics and transportation sector. In the article, Aleman shares details about her mentor, discusses professional development, and offers advice to women considering a career in transportation.

Join us for a discussion on rental assistance during the pandemic

Renters have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are struggling to keep up with rent, raising concerns about a wave of evictions in the future. Landlords are struggling with reduced revenue and late payments. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is launching a new rental assistance program in mid-April. Municipalities can play an important role by connecting renters and landlords to financial assistance.

Please join us on Friday, April 9, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to learn how renters and landlords can connect to available programs. Speakers include Rodrigo Carrillo of IHDA, Esther Salutillo of the village of Mount Prospect, and Stacie Young of The Preservation Compact. Register here.

Help identify green infrastructure in Calumet area

The Metropolitan Planning Council, in coordination with the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, is developing the Green Infrastructure Baseline Inventory, a free and publicly available dataset that documents green infrastructure installations in the Calumet area. Information about existing green infrastructure installations still is needed. If you have data to contribute, please visit the Metropolitan Planning Council's website for more information.

RTA opens call for projects to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has opened a call for projects for the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program through Thursday, April 22. Section 5310 is a federal program designed to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Approximately $9.7 million in funding is available for local governments, nonprofits, and transportation providers through RTA’s open competitive process. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Fluturi Demirovski at 312-913-3239 or email Section5310@rtachicago.org.

Events

2021 Urban Forum: Closing the Wealth Gap
April 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region
April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center

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