March 30, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-27-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-27-20

COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources

Our region faces unprecedented challenges with the onset of COVID-19 in our communities. On Friday, the governor issued a statewide order for all residents to stay at home, unless traveling for essential needs or business. The order also requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. 

In response to the many challenges businesses face, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has asked local business owners to answer a survey to help them identify and prioritize resources needed to deal with COVID-19 impacts. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity developed a page with information for small businesses, including Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Outside Illinois, Johns Hopkins University developed a dashboard of global COVID-19 cases, while the National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies are collecting actions local leaders are taking to respond to the pandemic. COVID-19  

To aid our partners, CMAP has compiled these and other resources on our COVID-19 resources webpage

 

CMAP mourns the loss of John LaPlante

We were saddened to hear of the death of John LaPlante on Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19. He was a transportation leader, bicyclist, and Complete Streets advocate. For more than 30 years, he worked for the City of Chicago as a transportation engineer, and then for T.Y. Lin International, where he eventually became director of traffic engineering. 

LaPlante led a number of workshops for CMAP, teaching the engineering and planning communities how to safely accommodate vulnerable road users. In one, pictured here, LaPlante (left) led a field exercise with the help of the U.S. Access Board to teach engineers the importance of good design for people with disabilities. In order to demonstrate accessible design principles, he and Access Board staff led engineers around town using rented wheelchairs. 

We owe a debt of gratitude to LaPlante for the person-centered approach he brought to transportation engineering. As Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot put it, “While John may be gone, his impact in moving Chicago forward can be seen in the streets, sidewalks, alleys, and bike paths that line every corner of our city.” 

Read more about John LaPlante and his legacy in WBEZ’s obituary

 

Tapping into the region's potential through traded industry clusters

CMAP recognizes our economy will be significantly impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). As the disruption to business activity tests the strength and resilience of our communities, CMAP will be working with our partners to address these issues. Metropolitan Chicago must prepare the ground for our recovery by working together on durable, long-term strategies. In the months and years to come, we must tap into the full potential of our workers, businesses, and infrastructure to restart robust, inclusive economic growth, and reduce inequality.

As a part of ON TO 2050 implementation, CMAP has focused on developing long-term economic strategies to support traded industry clusters. The research provides a framework for organizing strategic policies and investments. Traded clusters are groups of interlinked businesses that sell goods and services in markets outside the region, bringing in new business activity. CMAP’s ongoing research identifies challenges and opportunities among these core industrial assets, as well as strategies to support robust regional growth.

 

Landscape and tree services under the stay-at-home executive order

On March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Stay-At-Home Executive Order, which requires all non-essential businesses and operations to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. This document from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will provide clarity to communities so they better understand what landscape and agricultural businesses are able to operate under the terms of the Executive Order set to expire on Tuesday, April 7.

 

Update from Chicago Region Trees Initiative

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) has extended the participation deadline for their forest management survey to Monday, April 20. Additionally, their event "Urban Forestry Basic Training," originally scheduled for April 7-8, has been cancelled.

 

Events

Exploring Census Data Series: Transportation Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
March 31, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information
 

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-27-20

COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources

Our region faces unprecedented challenges with the onset of COVID-19 in our communities. On Friday, the governor issued a statewide order for all residents to stay at home, unless traveling for essential needs or business. The order also requires businesses not engaged in essential activities to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. 

In response to the many challenges businesses face, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development has asked local business owners to answer a survey to help them identify and prioritize resources needed to deal with COVID-19 impacts. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity developed a page with information for small businesses, including Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Outside Illinois, Johns Hopkins University developed a dashboard of global COVID-19 cases, while the National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies are collecting actions local leaders are taking to respond to the pandemic. COVID-19  

To aid our partners, CMAP has compiled these and other resources on our COVID-19 resources webpage

 

CMAP mourns the loss of John LaPlante

We were saddened to hear of the death of John LaPlante on Saturday, after testing positive for COVID-19. He was a transportation leader, bicyclist, and Complete Streets advocate. For more than 30 years, he worked for the City of Chicago as a transportation engineer, and then for T.Y. Lin International, where he eventually became director of traffic engineering. 

LaPlante led a number of workshops for CMAP, teaching the engineering and planning communities how to safely accommodate vulnerable road users. In one, pictured here, LaPlante (left) led a field exercise with the help of the U.S. Access Board to teach engineers the importance of good design for people with disabilities. In order to demonstrate accessible design principles, he and Access Board staff led engineers around town using rented wheelchairs. 

We owe a debt of gratitude to LaPlante for the person-centered approach he brought to transportation engineering. As Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot put it, “While John may be gone, his impact in moving Chicago forward can be seen in the streets, sidewalks, alleys, and bike paths that line every corner of our city.” 

Read more about John LaPlante and his legacy in WBEZ’s obituary

 

Tapping into the region's potential through traded industry clusters

CMAP recognizes our economy will be significantly impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). As the disruption to business activity tests the strength and resilience of our communities, CMAP will be working with our partners to address these issues. Metropolitan Chicago must prepare the ground for our recovery by working together on durable, long-term strategies. In the months and years to come, we must tap into the full potential of our workers, businesses, and infrastructure to restart robust, inclusive economic growth, and reduce inequality.

As a part of ON TO 2050 implementation, CMAP has focused on developing long-term economic strategies to support traded industry clusters. The research provides a framework for organizing strategic policies and investments. Traded clusters are groups of interlinked businesses that sell goods and services in markets outside the region, bringing in new business activity. CMAP’s ongoing research identifies challenges and opportunities among these core industrial assets, as well as strategies to support robust regional growth.

 

Landscape and tree services under the stay-at-home executive order

On March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Stay-At-Home Executive Order, which requires all non-essential businesses and operations to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. This document from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will provide clarity to communities so they better understand what landscape and agricultural businesses are able to operate under the terms of the Executive Order set to expire on Tuesday, April 7.

 

Update from Chicago Region Trees Initiative

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) has extended the participation deadline for their forest management survey to Monday, April 20. Additionally, their event "Urban Forestry Basic Training," originally scheduled for April 7-8, has been cancelled.

 

Events

Exploring Census Data Series: Transportation Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau
March 31, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information
 

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

To Top