CMAP Weekly Update, 10-9-20

Celebrating two years of ON TO 2050

This Saturday, October 10, marks the two-year anniversary of ON TO 2050. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since the launch event in Millennium Park, when CMAP gathered with partners, policymakers, and community members to celebrate a new comprehensive plan for our region.  

Over the past year, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and pushed forward with implementing the plan. In particular, we identified three key areas where we can advance: transportation, climate, and the regional economy. Our transportation system is our competitive advantage and supports our diverse industries. Our region has critical natural resources, but we’re already seeing the impacts of climate change. And we can, and must, grow our economy in ways that benefit everyone across the region.

We are proud of the progress made so far, and are so thankful for all our partners who have helped us achieve more than we could alone. Our region has received more than $9 million in investments in projects from Rebuild Illinois. We have partnered on 10 projects related to Invest in Cook, and we have worked with communities across the region on applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, with a focus on implementing improvements such as better bike and pedestrian facilities. These achievements, and many others, have all been made in support of ON TO 2050. 

Our region has also faced many challenges this year. Still, I believe this has only deepened our commitment to the plan and underscored the importance of its central principles: resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment. Now more than ever, we must leverage our collective strengths to achieve these goals and the future we all want. I’m reminded of the words of John Hatcher, Jr., a then-high school student from Sauk Village, who spoke at our ON TO 2050 launch: “Yes, our challenges are complex. That’s all the more reason we all need to work together toward a more peaceful and inclusive 2050.”

Erin Aleman, CMAP Executive Director

 

Unemployment fluctuating during COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment has improved since this spring, but the ongoing pandemic and efforts to contain it may cause lasting damage to the region’s job market. 

 

Read more about the latest unemployment numbers and what they mean for communities in the Chicago region.

 

CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee joint meeting

The CMAP Board will meet jointly with the MPO Policy Committee on Wednesday, October 14, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The public can join via Zoom using a computer, tablet, or smartphone here.

 

Those wishing to make public comment are asked to send their comments in advance of the meeting to skane@cmap.illinois.gov.

 

Share your ideas for the future of the Fox River

Fox River communities and CMAP invite the public to share input on a plan for the Fox River corridor from Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg. 

The plan focuses on commerce within the central business districts adjacent to the river’s edge, environmental and natural resources, and public access and recreational use of the river. 

 

You’ll find the survey, an interactive map, and more information on the Fox River Corridor Plan project page

 

Events

CMAP meetings

Joint CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information

Executive Committee
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. to noon
More information

Unified Work Program
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
1:00 to 3:00 pm.
More information

Webinars

Cook County Food Summit
Chicago Food Policy Action Council
October 14-16, 2020
More information

Public Private Partnerships in Logistics and Transportation: Implications for Efficiency and Effectiveness
University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center
October 15, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Redevelopment of the Pullman Historic District: A partnership in place-based community investment
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, US Bank, and the University of Chicago Rustandy Center
October 15, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

2020 Virtual Conference
Transport Chicago
October 16, 2020
More information

Sustainability Summit
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
October 21, 2020
10:00 a.m.
More information

The Road Ahead: The Future of Automated Vehicles in the U.S.
UIC Urban Forum
October 21, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 10-9-20

Celebrating two years of ON TO 2050

This Saturday, October 10, marks the two-year anniversary of ON TO 2050. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since the launch event in Millennium Park, when CMAP gathered with partners, policymakers, and community members to celebrate a new comprehensive plan for our region.  

Over the past year, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and pushed forward with implementing the plan. In particular, we identified three key areas where we can advance: transportation, climate, and the regional economy. Our transportation system is our competitive advantage and supports our diverse industries. Our region has critical natural resources, but we’re already seeing the impacts of climate change. And we can, and must, grow our economy in ways that benefit everyone across the region.

We are proud of the progress made so far, and are so thankful for all our partners who have helped us achieve more than we could alone. Our region has received more than $9 million in investments in projects from Rebuild Illinois. We have partnered on 10 projects related to Invest in Cook, and we have worked with communities across the region on applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, with a focus on implementing improvements such as better bike and pedestrian facilities. These achievements, and many others, have all been made in support of ON TO 2050. 

Our region has also faced many challenges this year. Still, I believe this has only deepened our commitment to the plan and underscored the importance of its central principles: resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment. Now more than ever, we must leverage our collective strengths to achieve these goals and the future we all want. I’m reminded of the words of John Hatcher, Jr., a then-high school student from Sauk Village, who spoke at our ON TO 2050 launch: “Yes, our challenges are complex. That’s all the more reason we all need to work together toward a more peaceful and inclusive 2050.”

Erin Aleman, CMAP Executive Director

 

Unemployment fluctuating during COVID-19 pandemic

Unemployment has improved since this spring, but the ongoing pandemic and efforts to contain it may cause lasting damage to the region’s job market. 

 

Read more about the latest unemployment numbers and what they mean for communities in the Chicago region.

 

CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee joint meeting

The CMAP Board will meet jointly with the MPO Policy Committee on Wednesday, October 14, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The public can join via Zoom using a computer, tablet, or smartphone here.

 

Those wishing to make public comment are asked to send their comments in advance of the meeting to skane@cmap.illinois.gov.

 

Share your ideas for the future of the Fox River

Fox River communities and CMAP invite the public to share input on a plan for the Fox River corridor from Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg. 

The plan focuses on commerce within the central business districts adjacent to the river’s edge, environmental and natural resources, and public access and recreational use of the river. 

 

You’ll find the survey, an interactive map, and more information on the Fox River Corridor Plan project page

 

Events

CMAP meetings

Joint CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
More information

Executive Committee
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. to noon
More information

Unified Work Program
GoToMeeting
October 14, 2020
1:00 to 3:00 pm.
More information

Webinars

Cook County Food Summit
Chicago Food Policy Action Council
October 14-16, 2020
More information

Public Private Partnerships in Logistics and Transportation: Implications for Efficiency and Effectiveness
University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center
October 15, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Redevelopment of the Pullman Historic District: A partnership in place-based community investment
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, US Bank, and the University of Chicago Rustandy Center
October 15, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

2020 Virtual Conference
Transport Chicago
October 16, 2020
More information

Sustainability Summit
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
October 21, 2020
10:00 a.m.
More information

The Road Ahead: The Future of Automated Vehicles in the U.S.
UIC Urban Forum
October 21, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

 

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