CMAP Weekly Update, 5-28-21

Join CMAP in celebrating regional excellence

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.

Municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates now can submit nominations for CMAP's first-ever Regional Excellence Awards. The program recognizes individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make the region more economically competitive.

If you know a community, agency, or partner organization deserving of recognition, submit a nomination by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our inaugural State of the Region event on October 7.

New Chinatown parking plan supports neighborhood growth and safety

A new parking management plan for Chicago's Chinatown offers recommendations to reduce parking congestion and support the growth of local businesses. The plan, developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program, also aims to make it easier for residents and visitors to safely move about the neighborhood, while prioritizing the cultural integrity of the area.

CMAP welcomes new deputy executive director

CMAP is pleased to announce that Yousef R. Salama will join the agency on Wednesday, June 2, as the new deputy executive director for research, analysis, and programming.

Yousef brings with him more than a decade of experience planning and delivering public infrastructure, developing private financing solutions to complement public funding, implementing public policy direction, and working with diverse stakeholders. He has helped advance numerous public-private partnership (PPP) projects throughout his career, serving as principal at PPP Canada, senior manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and, most recently, as associate director at Turner and Townsend.

CMAP looks forward to the range of knowledge and experience Yousef brings with him to the region.

Students: Apply for virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to once again host a virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are seeking high school and college students in northeastern Illinois for this free summer leadership development series.

Sessions will be held on Fridays, July 9 through July 30, for 90 minutes via Zoom. Students are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications are due by Friday, June 11.

Electric vehicle charging signs coming soon to Illinois interstates

In the coming weeks, blue signs guiding motorists to electric vehicle charging stations will start appearing along Interstates 55, 80, 90, and 94, as well as elsewhere in Illinois. The new "Alternative Fuels Corridor" signs are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuel sources and spark economic activity, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced recently.

IDOT also plans to install signs on exit ramps directing motorists to charging stations, nearby gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. Future signs under IDOT's new blue sign program will point out locations for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and propane fueling stations.

Introducing Community Mobility Design Challenge grants

The National Center for Mobility Management recognizes the role transportation plays in pursuing economic, health, and social well-being. Yet, community transportation systems often lack the resources to provide the level of mobility that residents would like.

Community Mobility Design Challenge grants support innovative ways to address the personal well-being of residents who face transportation barriers to recreation, physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or support. Applications are due Monday, July 12.

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-28-21

Join CMAP in celebrating regional excellence

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.

Municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates now can submit nominations for CMAP's first-ever Regional Excellence Awards. The program recognizes individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make the region more economically competitive.

If you know a community, agency, or partner organization deserving of recognition, submit a nomination by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our inaugural State of the Region event on October 7.

New Chinatown parking plan supports neighborhood growth and safety

A new parking management plan for Chicago's Chinatown offers recommendations to reduce parking congestion and support the growth of local businesses. The plan, developed through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program, also aims to make it easier for residents and visitors to safely move about the neighborhood, while prioritizing the cultural integrity of the area.

CMAP welcomes new deputy executive director

CMAP is pleased to announce that Yousef R. Salama will join the agency on Wednesday, June 2, as the new deputy executive director for research, analysis, and programming.

Yousef brings with him more than a decade of experience planning and delivering public infrastructure, developing private financing solutions to complement public funding, implementing public policy direction, and working with diverse stakeholders. He has helped advance numerous public-private partnership (PPP) projects throughout his career, serving as principal at PPP Canada, senior manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and, most recently, as associate director at Turner and Townsend.

CMAP looks forward to the range of knowledge and experience Yousef brings with him to the region.

Students: Apply for virtual FLIP summer program

CMAP is excited to once again host a virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. We are seeking high school and college students in northeastern Illinois for this free summer leadership development series.

Sessions will be held on Fridays, July 9 through July 30, for 90 minutes via Zoom. Students are required to attend all four "FLIP Friday" sessions and will receive a FLIP certificate. Applications are due by Friday, June 11.

Electric vehicle charging signs coming soon to Illinois interstates

In the coming weeks, blue signs guiding motorists to electric vehicle charging stations will start appearing along Interstates 55, 80, 90, and 94, as well as elsewhere in Illinois. The new "Alternative Fuels Corridor" signs are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuel sources and spark economic activity, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced recently.

IDOT also plans to install signs on exit ramps directing motorists to charging stations, nearby gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. Future signs under IDOT's new blue sign program will point out locations for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and propane fueling stations.

Introducing Community Mobility Design Challenge grants

The National Center for Mobility Management recognizes the role transportation plays in pursuing economic, health, and social well-being. Yet, community transportation systems often lack the resources to provide the level of mobility that residents would like.

Community Mobility Design Challenge grants support innovative ways to address the personal well-being of residents who face transportation barriers to recreation, physical activities, healthy food, personal safety, economic opportunity, or support. Applications are due Monday, July 12.

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