CMAP Weekly Update, 8-27-21

Register for State of the Region: Prosperity with Purpose

Join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on Thursday, October 7, for our first-ever State of the Region 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 at the virtual event, featuring results of CMAP's new public opinion survey.

 

The event will also 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.

Register now.

Community Data Snapshots updated with new census data

This week, CMAP updated its Community Data Snapshots with new data from the 2020 census.

These data-rich snapshots — one for each of the region's 284 municipalities, 77 Chicago neighborhoods, and seven counties — summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, and other key details. They help local leaders and the public track progress and make informed decisions in their communities.

 

The new census data has been incorporated into the General Population Characteristics table, which includes information on total population, total households, average household size, and percent population change since 2010 and 2000. Raw data, including more detail, is available on the Data Hub.

Dan Olson

"I joined CMAP as a project manager for Energy Impact Illinois, which was an energy efficiency retrofit grant program. When you're administering a grant, you become really familiar with the finance side. I got so much experience working with the finance and administration division that I eventually moved over to that team, where I've been ever since.

 

"Most people don't see all the admin work that goes into what CMAP does. It takes time and a lot of effort, and the finance and administration division is really helpful and diligent. I see my role as making everything as efficient as possible so people can focus on their work. I try to do that every day.

 

"Outside of work, I'm really interested in sustainable agriculture and food. I think the pandemic made people realize our connection to the food system. I used to have an urban garden plot and I like growing tomatoes, mostly because they're easy to can. In the middle of winter, when you're making a pasta dish and you use your own tomatoes — it just hits you."

 

Dan is a senior finance analyst and has worked at CMAP for 11 years. He has a master's degree in public administration and environmental science and policy. 

Improving regional sidewalk and accessibility data

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Lakes ADA Center was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve accessibility data using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence.

 

The proposed data collection and visualization tools — in partnership with CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and disability organizations — have the potential to transform how sidewalk accessibility data is collected and analyzed. This will help cities plan for and enhance sidewalk accessibility, and improve how infrastructure funding is dispersed in cities.

Measuring the region's sandstone aquifers

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is assessing sandstone water levels throughout northeastern Illinois. ISWS is asking for participants. Interested communities and industries would allow ISWS staff and water operators to measure both static (non-pumping) levels and pumping water levels, and report pumping water levels and well rehabilitation data via an online tool.

 

The goal of this project is to create a snapshot of static and pumping water levels at high-capacity sandstone wells, as well as assess how capacity varies among wells.

 

ISWS will contact municipalities and industries starting mid-August to schedule a visit. Learn more about the assessment.

Apply for Cook County small business advising program

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program offers advising for small businesses throughout Cook County. The program provides one-on-one business advising to help business owners address their unique needs, including acquiring new capital and customers; understanding financial, change, and risk management; adjusting business models; and operating under new safety regulations.

 

Learn more about the advising program and other resources.

Events

Transportation Committee
August 27, 2021, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Change Management Tools for Safe System Implementation
August 27, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

Virtual Chloride Reduction and Deicing Workshops: Parking Lots and Sidewalks
September 28, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 7, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Host: DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and others

Virtual Chloride Reduction and Deicing Workshops: Public Roads
September 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 5, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 12, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Host: DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and others

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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-27-21

Register for State of the Region: Prosperity with Purpose

Join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on Thursday, October 7, for our first-ever State of the Region 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 at the virtual event, featuring results of CMAP's new public opinion survey.

 

The event will also 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.

Register now.

Community Data Snapshots updated with new census data

This week, CMAP updated its Community Data Snapshots with new data from the 2020 census.

These data-rich snapshots — one for each of the region's 284 municipalities, 77 Chicago neighborhoods, and seven counties — summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, and other key details. They help local leaders and the public track progress and make informed decisions in their communities.

 

The new census data has been incorporated into the General Population Characteristics table, which includes information on total population, total households, average household size, and percent population change since 2010 and 2000. Raw data, including more detail, is available on the Data Hub.

Dan Olson

"I joined CMAP as a project manager for Energy Impact Illinois, which was an energy efficiency retrofit grant program. When you're administering a grant, you become really familiar with the finance side. I got so much experience working with the finance and administration division that I eventually moved over to that team, where I've been ever since.

 

"Most people don't see all the admin work that goes into what CMAP does. It takes time and a lot of effort, and the finance and administration division is really helpful and diligent. I see my role as making everything as efficient as possible so people can focus on their work. I try to do that every day.

 

"Outside of work, I'm really interested in sustainable agriculture and food. I think the pandemic made people realize our connection to the food system. I used to have an urban garden plot and I like growing tomatoes, mostly because they're easy to can. In the middle of winter, when you're making a pasta dish and you use your own tomatoes — it just hits you."

 

Dan is a senior finance analyst and has worked at CMAP for 11 years. He has a master's degree in public administration and environmental science and policy. 

Improving regional sidewalk and accessibility data

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Lakes ADA Center was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve accessibility data using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence.

 

The proposed data collection and visualization tools — in partnership with CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and disability organizations — have the potential to transform how sidewalk accessibility data is collected and analyzed. This will help cities plan for and enhance sidewalk accessibility, and improve how infrastructure funding is dispersed in cities.

Measuring the region's sandstone aquifers

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is assessing sandstone water levels throughout northeastern Illinois. ISWS is asking for participants. Interested communities and industries would allow ISWS staff and water operators to measure both static (non-pumping) levels and pumping water levels, and report pumping water levels and well rehabilitation data via an online tool.

 

The goal of this project is to create a snapshot of static and pumping water levels at high-capacity sandstone wells, as well as assess how capacity varies among wells.

 

ISWS will contact municipalities and industries starting mid-August to schedule a visit. Learn more about the assessment.

Apply for Cook County small business advising program

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program offers advising for small businesses throughout Cook County. The program provides one-on-one business advising to help business owners address their unique needs, including acquiring new capital and customers; understanding financial, change, and risk management; adjusting business models; and operating under new safety regulations.

 

Learn more about the advising program and other resources.

Events

Transportation Committee
August 27, 2021, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Change Management Tools for Safe System Implementation
August 27, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

Virtual Chloride Reduction and Deicing Workshops: Parking Lots and Sidewalks
September 28, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 7, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Host: DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and others

Virtual Chloride Reduction and Deicing Workshops: Public Roads
September 30, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 5, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
October 12, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Host: DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and others

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