June 22, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-19-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-19-20

In recognition of Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, is the day when word of emancipation finally reached Black people who were enslaved in Texas — two months after the Civil War ended and two years after slavery was abolished. Since then, Juneteenth has been recognized as the official end of slavery in the United States, and today we honor the legacy of those who fought for freedom.

But despite slavery ending more than 150 years ago, systemic racism continues for Black people and other people of color, including discrimination in housing, transportation, education, and employment. The planning and public policy professions have contributed to these inequities, including racial segregation, redlining, and discriminatory zoning codes.

While we commemorate this historic day, we also recognize that we have much more work to do. Here at CMAP, we are committed to advancing equity and justice in our communities, incorporating it into our comprehensive plan for the region. Learn more about the historical legacy of Juneteenth, the importance of celebrating the holiday, and ways you can celebrate this year.

 

Construction season in full swing as pandemic keeps more cars at home

Since road construction was deemed an essential activity, many of CMAP’s partners have said they’ve been able to keep construction on schedule without having to stop, suspend, or accelerate projects. With fewer people and cars on streets, road construction season in northeastern Illinois this year has been like none other in the recent past. Read more.

 

Recovery must include investment in our region’s exporting industries as well as local businesses

As northern Illinois begins to reopen and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose sight of the region’s longstanding economic challenges. Our past economic drivers have been declining without being replaced by new sources of growth. Our traded industry clusters — groups of firms that together produce products and services for markets beyond our region — had already not been faring well.

The economic crisis demands a swift and multifaceted policy response. Strengthening our regional economy will take a balanced approach that invests in jobs at local businesses and industries that export beyond our borders. Local and regional leaders must engage in coordinated economic development planning, develop strategies to bolster our traded clusters, and enhance equitable access to high quality employment. Read more.

 

Learn about COVID-19 recovery assistance funding that is available to communities under the CARES Act. On Thursday, June 25, join Dennis Foldenauer, area director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and Jonathan McGee, deputy director of regional economic development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Register for the webinar to learn about the eligibility requirements, funding priorities, and how to apply for this recovery assistance.

 

CMAP Celebrates: Sherry Kane

"When I first started here, it was just about getting a better job and coming downtown to work. I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but I know that there was a point where I became very keyed in to what CMAP does, and it became more than just the job. I became so much more aware about the way we were interacting with the environment and using land. So, when I talk about where I work and what we do, I get very excited about it.

I also remember thinking at some point about how everyone at CMAP has their role. When I found mine, I took it seriously, and I really have never looked back. I know my contribution is as relevant as the contribution from other staff, whether they came from Harvard, MIT, or Northwestern. I have always felt like a member of the team.

Thinking back to where we started, and where we are now, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it all. Those early days were hard work, they were long days, but we were happy to do it. I was happy to do it. I was never afraid of the work. I’m very happy to be here. Never a dull moment."

Sherry started with the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (CMAP’s predecessor) in 2005, and accompanied the agency on its transition to CMAP. Through interacting with partners, board members, and stakeholders on a daily basis, Sherry knows the agency inside and out, and plays a valuable role in the work CMAP does every day.

 

Erin Aleman to speak at virtual event

CMAP executive director, Erin Aleman, will speak to City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, June 30. She will introduce CMAP's core focus areas and her vision for the agency's continued work to build a more equitable and prosperous region. Find full event details and tickets here.

 

Chicago reopening transportation survey

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has worked with local partners, transportation agencies, and City of Chicago to develop a business community survey on transportation/transit as we continue to reopen the economy. Your responses will help our local transportation providers plan their services better based on how and when employers are bringing people back to work. This opportunity also allows you to provide feedback on what the city and the region can do to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation options for you and your staff. The survey is open through Friday, June 19.

 

High school and college students can register for Virtual FLIP Summer Series

Registration is open for CMAP’s Virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) Summer Series. FLIP is a free leadership program for young people from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. During four virtual sessions over four weeks later this summer, high school and college students will learn about the issues that shape our region.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity for students by using our partner toolkit. If you’d like more information, please contact us at FLIP@cmap.illinois.gov. We look forward to engaging students in discussions and activities regarding the future of the Chicagoland region.

 

Surface Transportation Projects open for public comment

Throughout this summer, the 11 Council of Mayors in the region and the City of Chicago will seek public comment on draft programs of Surface Transportation Projects for federal fiscal years 2021-2025. Projects include maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the region’s highways, bikeways, pedestrian, and transit systems.

Currently the Central, DuPage, Kane/Kendall, North Central, North Shore, Northwest, Southwest, and Will councils are accepting comments. Comment periods, draft programs, and links with more information are available on CMAP's website. Comments should be sent to the listed contact for each council before the closing date of the comment period.

 

Events

CMAP Meetings

Economic Development Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 22, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

STP Project Selection Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 25, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Transportation Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 26, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

Counties Advisory Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 26, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Webinars

Technical Advisory Committee
Northwest Water Planning Alliance
June 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. to noon
More information

Green Drives Webinar Series: Electric Vehicle Community Readiness
Chicago Area Clean Cities
June 23, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

Cook County Equitable Recovery, Economic Development Boot Camp
ComEd
June 23, 2020
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
More information

Equitable Prosperity: A discussion on growing middle income jobs in Chicago
Metropolitan Planning Council
June 24, 2020
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
More information

Keeping Families Housed: How Cities Can Help Renters Navigate the Eviction Cliff
National League of Cities
June 25, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
More information

CARES Act Recovery Assistance for Metro Chicago
CMAP and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
June 25, 2020
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
More information

A Research Roadmap for Transportation and Public Health
Transportation Research Board
June 29, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

Erin Aleman
City Club of Chicago
June 30, 2020
11:00 a.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-19-20

In recognition of Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, is the day when word of emancipation finally reached Black people who were enslaved in Texas — two months after the Civil War ended and two years after slavery was abolished. Since then, Juneteenth has been recognized as the official end of slavery in the United States, and today we honor the legacy of those who fought for freedom.

But despite slavery ending more than 150 years ago, systemic racism continues for Black people and other people of color, including discrimination in housing, transportation, education, and employment. The planning and public policy professions have contributed to these inequities, including racial segregation, redlining, and discriminatory zoning codes.

While we commemorate this historic day, we also recognize that we have much more work to do. Here at CMAP, we are committed to advancing equity and justice in our communities, incorporating it into our comprehensive plan for the region. Learn more about the historical legacy of Juneteenth, the importance of celebrating the holiday, and ways you can celebrate this year.

 

Construction season in full swing as pandemic keeps more cars at home

Since road construction was deemed an essential activity, many of CMAP’s partners have said they’ve been able to keep construction on schedule without having to stop, suspend, or accelerate projects. With fewer people and cars on streets, road construction season in northeastern Illinois this year has been like none other in the recent past. Read more.

 

Recovery must include investment in our region’s exporting industries as well as local businesses

As northern Illinois begins to reopen and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose sight of the region’s longstanding economic challenges. Our past economic drivers have been declining without being replaced by new sources of growth. Our traded industry clusters — groups of firms that together produce products and services for markets beyond our region — had already not been faring well.

The economic crisis demands a swift and multifaceted policy response. Strengthening our regional economy will take a balanced approach that invests in jobs at local businesses and industries that export beyond our borders. Local and regional leaders must engage in coordinated economic development planning, develop strategies to bolster our traded clusters, and enhance equitable access to high quality employment. Read more.

 

Learn about COVID-19 recovery assistance funding that is available to communities under the CARES Act. On Thursday, June 25, join Dennis Foldenauer, area director for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and Jonathan McGee, deputy director of regional economic development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Register for the webinar to learn about the eligibility requirements, funding priorities, and how to apply for this recovery assistance.

 

CMAP Celebrates: Sherry Kane

"When I first started here, it was just about getting a better job and coming downtown to work. I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but I know that there was a point where I became very keyed in to what CMAP does, and it became more than just the job. I became so much more aware about the way we were interacting with the environment and using land. So, when I talk about where I work and what we do, I get very excited about it.

I also remember thinking at some point about how everyone at CMAP has their role. When I found mine, I took it seriously, and I really have never looked back. I know my contribution is as relevant as the contribution from other staff, whether they came from Harvard, MIT, or Northwestern. I have always felt like a member of the team.

Thinking back to where we started, and where we are now, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it all. Those early days were hard work, they were long days, but we were happy to do it. I was happy to do it. I was never afraid of the work. I’m very happy to be here. Never a dull moment."

Sherry started with the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (CMAP’s predecessor) in 2005, and accompanied the agency on its transition to CMAP. Through interacting with partners, board members, and stakeholders on a daily basis, Sherry knows the agency inside and out, and plays a valuable role in the work CMAP does every day.

 

Erin Aleman to speak at virtual event

CMAP executive director, Erin Aleman, will speak to City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, June 30. She will introduce CMAP's core focus areas and her vision for the agency's continued work to build a more equitable and prosperous region. Find full event details and tickets here.

 

Chicago reopening transportation survey

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has worked with local partners, transportation agencies, and City of Chicago to develop a business community survey on transportation/transit as we continue to reopen the economy. Your responses will help our local transportation providers plan their services better based on how and when employers are bringing people back to work. This opportunity also allows you to provide feedback on what the city and the region can do to provide safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation options for you and your staff. The survey is open through Friday, June 19.

 

High school and college students can register for Virtual FLIP Summer Series

Registration is open for CMAP’s Virtual Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) Summer Series. FLIP is a free leadership program for young people from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. During four virtual sessions over four weeks later this summer, high school and college students will learn about the issues that shape our region.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity for students by using our partner toolkit. If you’d like more information, please contact us at FLIP@cmap.illinois.gov. We look forward to engaging students in discussions and activities regarding the future of the Chicagoland region.

 

Surface Transportation Projects open for public comment

Throughout this summer, the 11 Council of Mayors in the region and the City of Chicago will seek public comment on draft programs of Surface Transportation Projects for federal fiscal years 2021-2025. Projects include maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the region’s highways, bikeways, pedestrian, and transit systems.

Currently the Central, DuPage, Kane/Kendall, North Central, North Shore, Northwest, Southwest, and Will councils are accepting comments. Comment periods, draft programs, and links with more information are available on CMAP's website. Comments should be sent to the listed contact for each council before the closing date of the comment period.

 

Events

CMAP Meetings

Economic Development Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 22, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

STP Project Selection Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 25, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Transportation Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 26, 2020
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
More information

Counties Advisory Committee
CMAP GoTo Meeting
June 26, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

Webinars

Technical Advisory Committee
Northwest Water Planning Alliance
June 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. to noon
More information

Green Drives Webinar Series: Electric Vehicle Community Readiness
Chicago Area Clean Cities
June 23, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

Cook County Equitable Recovery, Economic Development Boot Camp
ComEd
June 23, 2020
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
More information

Equitable Prosperity: A discussion on growing middle income jobs in Chicago
Metropolitan Planning Council
June 24, 2020
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
More information

Keeping Families Housed: How Cities Can Help Renters Navigate the Eviction Cliff
National League of Cities
June 25, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
More information

CARES Act Recovery Assistance for Metro Chicago
CMAP and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
June 25, 2020
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
More information

A Research Roadmap for Transportation and Public Health
Transportation Research Board
June 29, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

Erin Aleman
City Club of Chicago
June 30, 2020
11:00 a.m.
More information

 

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