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April 27, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-24-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-24-20

Earlier this week, Chicago Ideas talked with CMAP's Jason Navota about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures the region is taking to address it, will impact the environment.

Read the full blog, Coronavirus and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Crises.

 

How can federal relief and stimulus funds best help the region?

As the COVID-19 pandemic and associated stay at home order continues to impact our region and nation, federal relief in addition to the CARES ACT funding must play a key role. Federal policymakers are also considering the possibility of providing stimulus funds to combat the economic downturn. As Congress considers providing this assistance, CMAP has worked with a number of its partners to establish five principles that should guide any such relief or stimulus funds.

Because metropolitan regions such as Chicago are both vital to the nation’s economic success and most impacted by the pandemic, resources should be targeted to these areas. The principles focus on general fiscal relief for impacted public entities, noting the importance of flexibility in this time of uncertainty. The principles also discuss the importance of transit, investments that are both strategic and timely, and investments that support resilience and climate mitigation.

 

Impact of the pandemic on municipal revenues

Our nation and the world are experiencing an unprecedented event with the coronavirus pandemic. Illinois’ stay at home order, starting March 21, 2020, caused an immediate reduction in demand by cutting off supply of nonessential goods and services – driving down employment, sales, income, and more.

The region does not yet know what “normal” will look like after the global pandemic. While the current economic situation is not parallel, CMAP looked at the data from the 2007-2009 recession as a comparison, and during this recession overall state revenues dropped 16 percent before they started growing again in 2011.

It is clear that the pandemic will have an immediate impact on state, county, and municipal revenues. This Policy Brief will provide context and considerations as to how municipalities may be impacted by changes in revenue as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, particularly looking at sales tax, the Local Government Distributive Fund, and property tax.

 

Metropolitan Chicago’s essential workers disproportionately low-income, people of color

Due to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 20-10, CMAP looked at the 12 broad occupations classified as essential workers in metropolitan Chicago to identify who these workers are and where they live. CMAP research shows that essential workers from disadvantaged communities – particularly people of color and those who live in low-income communities – are playing critical roles in providing healthcare and keeping the transportation, food supply, and other essentials systems functioning during this crisis. Understanding these trends highlights the need for collaborative efforts to address disparities in economic opportunity.

ON TO 2050, metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, calls for inclusive growth that draws on greater local economic and workforce development, infrastructure investment, and community building in different and diverse parts of the region. Learn more about essential workers in the Chicago metropolitan region.


CMAP wants to keep you updated on COVID-19 impacts to the region. Each week, we will be bringing you more information and analysis to help shape decision making. You can find previous analyses on our COVID-19 Response page, as well as a list of resources.

CMAP Celebrates: Noel Peterson

"I was majoring in math but minoring in environmental studies, and as part of that there was a single GIS class offered, and that one class was the basis for me choosing a Master's degree.

I still have a hard time defining GIS to people – I normally just say mapping, but that doesn't really even begin to describe it. Not only can you make maps, but you can do statistical analysis to see how phenomena are related spatially. There's so much information you can find in a big dataset that hasn't been explored before.

The big thing we're developing right now is a parcel-based land use model, which will be a companion to our travel models. It will help us make educated guesses about which highways and transit lines will be used the most as the region’s population changes, and see where problem areas will be in terms of congestion and crowded trains. After the model is up and running, not only will it let us come up with our own base assumptions about future population, but it'll allow us to analyze hypothetical scenarios. It's a huge amount of data, and the first time we've done something to this extent. There'll be so many opportunities to explore and to take projects in interesting directions based on what we find in the data.

I like working in the public sector and CMAP is always working on fascinating new projects. There's always new data to look at, new information to uncover, and new ways for me to use my skills to help the people of the region."

Noel graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with his Bachelor's, and completed his Master's degree in GIS at the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Noel loves to explore the local Chicago food scene and is always on the lookout for authentic Cantonese food that can replicate what he ate during his childhood in Hong Kong.

 

Chicago Region Trees Initiative on Earth and Arbor days

Earth Day was founded 50 years ago this April 22, with the goal to focus on the health of our Earth. About the same time each year Arbor Day is celebrated (last Friday of April) for a similar reason. Each event is focused on making our environment a better place to protect our quality of life.

This year, more than any other, we need to celebrate our environment and the wonderful benefits it provides. Read this article for ways to recognize Earth and Arbor days in the time of COVID-19.

 

Attend the 2020 RTA Annual Planning Workshop virtually

The RTA is launching a four-part webinar series in place of the Annual Planning Workshop due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The free, virtual sessions will allow attendees to hear lessons from experts, ask questions, and learn how to make their communities more transit accessible – all while staying safe at home.

The “Transportation Tuesday” series will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m., each Tuesday beginning May 12 through June 9, with RTA staff and regional leaders in transportation planning, community zoning, and mobility services management leading discussions about the opportunities, challenges, and resources available to the Chicago region. Participation is free, but registration is required. Read a blog post with for descriptions and registration links to each of the four webinars.

 

Events

Complete Streets Responses to COVID-19
Smart Growth America
April 27, 2020
12:30 p.m.
More information

EnviroAtlas Training Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Local Bike Plans, Implementation, Grants
Ride Illinois
April 29, 2020
Noon
More information

Learn about current DCEO funding opportunities under the Rebuild Illinois Program
Rebuild Illinois
April 30, 2020
1:30 p.m.
More information

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit
Shared-Use Mobility Center
May 5-6, 2020
More information

One Step at a Time -- Creating Vibrant Active Communities
Regional Transportation Authority
May 12, 2020
Noon
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-24-20

Earlier this week, Chicago Ideas talked with CMAP's Jason Navota about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures the region is taking to address it, will impact the environment.

Read the full blog, Coronavirus and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Crises.

 

How can federal relief and stimulus funds best help the region?

As the COVID-19 pandemic and associated stay at home order continues to impact our region and nation, federal relief in addition to the CARES ACT funding must play a key role. Federal policymakers are also considering the possibility of providing stimulus funds to combat the economic downturn. As Congress considers providing this assistance, CMAP has worked with a number of its partners to establish five principles that should guide any such relief or stimulus funds.

Because metropolitan regions such as Chicago are both vital to the nation’s economic success and most impacted by the pandemic, resources should be targeted to these areas. The principles focus on general fiscal relief for impacted public entities, noting the importance of flexibility in this time of uncertainty. The principles also discuss the importance of transit, investments that are both strategic and timely, and investments that support resilience and climate mitigation.

 

Impact of the pandemic on municipal revenues

Our nation and the world are experiencing an unprecedented event with the coronavirus pandemic. Illinois’ stay at home order, starting March 21, 2020, caused an immediate reduction in demand by cutting off supply of nonessential goods and services – driving down employment, sales, income, and more.

The region does not yet know what “normal” will look like after the global pandemic. While the current economic situation is not parallel, CMAP looked at the data from the 2007-2009 recession as a comparison, and during this recession overall state revenues dropped 16 percent before they started growing again in 2011.

It is clear that the pandemic will have an immediate impact on state, county, and municipal revenues. This Policy Brief will provide context and considerations as to how municipalities may be impacted by changes in revenue as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, particularly looking at sales tax, the Local Government Distributive Fund, and property tax.

 

Metropolitan Chicago’s essential workers disproportionately low-income, people of color

Due to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 20-10, CMAP looked at the 12 broad occupations classified as essential workers in metropolitan Chicago to identify who these workers are and where they live. CMAP research shows that essential workers from disadvantaged communities – particularly people of color and those who live in low-income communities – are playing critical roles in providing healthcare and keeping the transportation, food supply, and other essentials systems functioning during this crisis. Understanding these trends highlights the need for collaborative efforts to address disparities in economic opportunity.

ON TO 2050, metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, calls for inclusive growth that draws on greater local economic and workforce development, infrastructure investment, and community building in different and diverse parts of the region. Learn more about essential workers in the Chicago metropolitan region.


CMAP wants to keep you updated on COVID-19 impacts to the region. Each week, we will be bringing you more information and analysis to help shape decision making. You can find previous analyses on our COVID-19 Response page, as well as a list of resources.

CMAP Celebrates: Noel Peterson

"I was majoring in math but minoring in environmental studies, and as part of that there was a single GIS class offered, and that one class was the basis for me choosing a Master's degree.

I still have a hard time defining GIS to people – I normally just say mapping, but that doesn't really even begin to describe it. Not only can you make maps, but you can do statistical analysis to see how phenomena are related spatially. There's so much information you can find in a big dataset that hasn't been explored before.

The big thing we're developing right now is a parcel-based land use model, which will be a companion to our travel models. It will help us make educated guesses about which highways and transit lines will be used the most as the region’s population changes, and see where problem areas will be in terms of congestion and crowded trains. After the model is up and running, not only will it let us come up with our own base assumptions about future population, but it'll allow us to analyze hypothetical scenarios. It's a huge amount of data, and the first time we've done something to this extent. There'll be so many opportunities to explore and to take projects in interesting directions based on what we find in the data.

I like working in the public sector and CMAP is always working on fascinating new projects. There's always new data to look at, new information to uncover, and new ways for me to use my skills to help the people of the region."

Noel graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with his Bachelor's, and completed his Master's degree in GIS at the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Noel loves to explore the local Chicago food scene and is always on the lookout for authentic Cantonese food that can replicate what he ate during his childhood in Hong Kong.

 

Chicago Region Trees Initiative on Earth and Arbor days

Earth Day was founded 50 years ago this April 22, with the goal to focus on the health of our Earth. About the same time each year Arbor Day is celebrated (last Friday of April) for a similar reason. Each event is focused on making our environment a better place to protect our quality of life.

This year, more than any other, we need to celebrate our environment and the wonderful benefits it provides. Read this article for ways to recognize Earth and Arbor days in the time of COVID-19.

 

Attend the 2020 RTA Annual Planning Workshop virtually

The RTA is launching a four-part webinar series in place of the Annual Planning Workshop due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The free, virtual sessions will allow attendees to hear lessons from experts, ask questions, and learn how to make their communities more transit accessible – all while staying safe at home.

The “Transportation Tuesday” series will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m., each Tuesday beginning May 12 through June 9, with RTA staff and regional leaders in transportation planning, community zoning, and mobility services management leading discussions about the opportunities, challenges, and resources available to the Chicago region. Participation is free, but registration is required. Read a blog post with for descriptions and registration links to each of the four webinars.

 

Events

Complete Streets Responses to COVID-19
Smart Growth America
April 27, 2020
12:30 p.m.
More information

EnviroAtlas Training Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Local Bike Plans, Implementation, Grants
Ride Illinois
April 29, 2020
Noon
More information

Learn about current DCEO funding opportunities under the Rebuild Illinois Program
Rebuild Illinois
April 30, 2020
1:30 p.m.
More information

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit
Shared-Use Mobility Center
May 5-6, 2020
More information

One Step at a Time -- Creating Vibrant Active Communities
Regional Transportation Authority
May 12, 2020
Noon
More information

 

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