The Good Government Award
Honoring those who have enhanced CMAP's ability to better engage the public, making the agency more efficient, accountable, and responsive to the public and within internal processes.
Individual: Jared Patton
This past year, under challenging circumstances, Jared demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging public and agency partners, particularly for the Burlington comprehensive plan.
Team: Every CMAP staff liaison to the Local Government Network
Launched in April 2020, the Local Government Network is a way to communicate with the region's communities on critical issues and better understand their needs. More than 90 staff serve as liaisons to each of the region's 284 communities, establishing connections, developing relationships, and acting as points of contact.
Core Values Award
Honoring those who excel at bringing CMAP's core values — equity, innovation, public service, collaboration, and leadership — to life in their work and roles.
Individual: Nora Beck
Nora Beck is a leader in CMAP's water supply work, bringing partners together to collaborate on tough challenges. She also excels at working with colleagues to find innovative ways to include water considerations where they haven't traditionally been priorities.
Team: Engagement team
The Engagement team provided critical support in CMAP's switch to remote work so the agency could host open, virtual meetings. They tried new ideas, developing CMAP Talks webinars, launching the Engage with CMAP website, and transitioning the Future Leaders in Planning program to be virtual. With each of their projects, the Engagement team shows what it means to pursue equity, always working to get all voices at the table.
Difference Maker Award
Celebrating CMAP employees or groups who contribute to the agency's work and culture in ways that made a significant difference.
Individual: Cindy Cambray
Cindy makes a difference by working each day to create an inclusive environment, and by her example, leads the way for others. In sharing her lived experiences, she empowers others to live their truths and learn from each other.
Team: Employee Resource Group
The Employee Resource Group convened at a critical time to create a supportive space for staff of color. The group provides a place to share experiences and bolster each other, and has made a difference in CMAP's culture and work.
ON TO 2050 Advancement Award
Celebrating individuals and teams whose work advances implementation of ON TO 2050's goals and recommendations in exceptional ways and supports the region's pursuit of the plan's goals.
Individual: Laurent Ahiablame and Noel Peterson
Laurent and Noel worked closely with Cook County to adapt CMAP's community cohort tool to equitably allocate federal CARES Act funding. Thanks to Laurent and Noel, the community cohort tool was used in new and meaningful ways to advance ON TO 2050 and have a positive impact.
Team: Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team
The Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan team worked to improve walking and bicycling conditions in five communities. The communities received a grant to begin implementation and several adopted new complete streets policies because of this plan, further showing how it has helped to advance ON TO 2050.
Celebrating the extraordinary contributions of those who have risen to the challenges during COVID-19 to maintain critical operations and support and empower colleagues.
Individual: Dominick Argumedo
Dominick has worked hard over the last year to bring CMAP together while working remote. From keeping the conversation going on Microsoft Teams to organizing trivia nights, Dominick's team and volunteer spirit was a bright light during a challenging year.
Team: Finance and Administration Division
The Finance and Administration Division persevered in a challenging and demanding year. They supported staff transition to remote work with little notice and kept core operational functions running largely uninterrupted. They also oversaw a smooth transition to a new space at the Old Post Office. CMAP could not have kept working this last year without the dedication of this team.